Advising Season is in Full Swing!

At Butler University faculty serve as the academic advisors for students in their corresponding majors. The Art Program is no different. Between October 21 and November 1, all Art+Design majors will meet individually with at least one of the faculty in the Art Program in preparation for enrollment in Spring courses. To ensure that a meeting takes place, advising holds are placed on student records–these are removed by the faculty advisor at the conclusion of the advising meeting.

Jasmine Gonsalves will graduate in May 2015, just met with her advisor Elizabeth Mix

Jasmine Gonsalves, who will graduate in May 2015, just met with her advisor Elizabeth Mix

Both the student and faculty member have specific responsibilities during these meetings. Students create a “shopping cart” of classes that they plan to take the following semester, taking into consideration the requirements of their major and their minor or secondary major and the requirements of the core curriculum. Students’ academic requirements can be viewed using a link on their mybutler Student Center page. During the advising meeting, the faculty member reviews each student’s progress towards their degree, suggests adjustments to the student’s planned schedule if necessary, and answers any questions that their advisees have about graduation requirements.

Josh Gaal ('16), who loves to travel, will meet with his advisor Steve Nyktas (photo courtesy Josh's twitter account @JoshuaGaal

Josh Gaal (’16), who loves to travel, will meet with his advisor, Steve Nyktas, to plan next semester’s courses. This photo is courtesy of Josh’s twitter account @JoshuaGaal

When students study abroad, they meet with their advisor before they leave, and also collaborate on the post-study abroad Semester, usually electronically. This semester Joel Fuller (’16) is in Japan, for instance, and he’ll register for Spring 2015 classes when his enrollment window opens (technically he’ll register 13 hours early, because of the time change between Indianapolis and Tokyo!). Check out Joel’s graphic novel on his blog: http://xaviangubora.com/

Joel Fuller ('16) will meet with his advisor Elizabeth Mix electronically, since he is studying abroad in Japan!

Joel Fuller (’16) will meet with his advisor Elizabeth Mix electronically, since he is studying abroad in Japan!

While advising appointments have the function of encouraging Art+Design majors finish their degrees on time, it also is a structured moment to touch base with the students on progress in the classes they are currently enrolled in and an opportunity to provide guidance with internships, and, in the case of students graduating soon, designing a strategy for entering a career post-graduation.

Taylor Sitorius, who will graduate in Spring 2015, just met with her advisor Gautam Rao

Taylor Sitorius, who will graduate in Spring 2015, just met with her advisor Gautam Rao

Personal advising complements the career preparation that the Art Program provides as part of the Art+Design curriculum. In ART210, Process: Theory and Practice, taken the first year, students not only create their first unified body of work to display at the end-of-the-semester huge exhibition ART NOW, but also write their first resume and start an electronic portfolio that they will add to throughout their career at Butler University.

Art Now, Fall 2013

Art Now, Fall 2013

The Art+Design career capstone course is ART411, Method: Thesis + Exhibition. In this class students create their final body of work, write a researched paper that places that work into the broader context of contemporary art and design, and present their work in a formal setting at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference, as well as an informal setting consisting of gallery talks and final critiques when their work is displayed at the Annex gallery.

Annex Gallery (Kaylin Beckwith's BSI exhibition, which studied

Annex Gallery (the opening reception for Kaylin Beckwith (’14) exhibition, which studied the psychological effect of art therapy on children grieving the loss of a parent or sibling is pictured)

Students also transition their portfolio from a student portfolio to an career-oriented portfolio and put the finishing touches on their resumes. Usually before they walk across the stage at Hinkle Fieldhouse to receive their diploma, they’ve already begun interviewing for positions in the professional world.

Penrod Arts Fair 2014, designed by Art+Design major Morgan McFarland ('14).

Penrod Arts Fair 2014, designed by Art+Design major Morgan McFarland (’14).

 

 

Line Into Form

In the PCA: Introduction to Visual Art course, non art-majors from a variety of disciplines used traditional and nonconventional drawing methods to make a 2-Dimensional work that they then transformed into 3-Dimentional art. Utilizing fumage (drawing using smoke), stencils, and contour drawing, students first created a representational image of a shoe. These drawings were successful through the use of implied textures made from fumage and a sense of space and weight created by the varying line quality. Students then used their drawing as source material as they sculpted their shoe out of wire. Twisting the wire with a drill and by hand, students were able to achieve a variety of line qualities, real textures, weight, and form.

 

Allison Kanning

Allison Kanning

Mara Olsen

Mara Olsen

Seneca Schickel

Seneca Schickel

Grace Dillow

Grace Dillow

Recent work from Contrast: Photography + Digital Manipulation

I wanted to share some recent work from the students in Contrast: Photography + Digital Manipulation. After getting oriented with their DSLR cameras, as I talked about in my last post, the class has moved on to specific technical and conceptual studies. Our first project was tied to the use of aperture to control depth of field. The second project was all about time, specifically using shutter speed. From there we’ve used point of view to create transformative images, and now have started on a portrait project, inspired by photographers like Richard Avedon and Diane Arbus.

Here are a few of the class’ recent works:15334024932_4d1c7caf75_k 15166414919_9242b75801_k 15166415789_9d9c337965_k 15399184586_4e8bd85832_k 15265714820_c96fa816ce_b 15158582827_efdf3a8cc0_k 15467881411_d15fdb7a35_k