Visiting Artist Lecture and Experimental Drawing Workshop

During this past week, ART 107 had the opportunity to have visiting artist Rachel Baxter in class to give a lecture and experimental drawing workshop. Rachel received her MFA degree from Indiana University and lives and works in Albany, NY where she teaches relief and silk screen at the Art Center in Troy, NY. She will also be teaching Lithography at the College of Saint Rose in Albany in Fall 2015. Rachel brought original drawings and prints that were displayed at the Annex Gallery. After her artist talk, Rachel met with the students in the gallery space to further discuss the process and content of the work. During the workshop, students learned how to draw with fire, ink, and wax to create abstract drawings.

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View of the Annex Gallery

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Gallery View

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Gallery View

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Fumage Workshop

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Fumage Workshop

 

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Fumage Workshop

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Fumage Workshop

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Fumage Workshop

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Fumage Workshop

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Student Fumage and Ink Drawing

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Student Fumage Drawing

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Student Fumage, Ink, and Wax Drawing

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Student Fumage Drawing

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Student Fumage and Ink Drawing

 

Portraits by Butler Photography Students

Recently our photography students have been working on portraits, studying different types of lighting and backgrounds as part of the Contrast course. On the technical side they’ve been learning how to use studio lighting and natural lighting to capture the physical nuances of their subjects, while artistically learning what backgrounds and what moments share personality.

Here are some of the photos, with descriptions:

Kayla. By Britt Garrett.

Kayla. By Britt Garrett.
Britt’s portrait of her friend Kayla is poetic and even spiritual, showing her subject on a journey through the woods. Britt’s portrait is in stark contrast to Josh’s portrait below – we don’t get to look into Kayla’s eyes or even see detail in her features, as the background and the streaks of light dominate.

Tim Valentine | Eye. By Joshua Gaal.

Tim Valentine | Eye. By Joshua Gaal.
Josh’s portrait of his friend Tim emphasizes just a part of the face – specifically the right eye, by using shallow depth of field and close cropping. Josh wanted to create a sense of intimacy and intensity, relying on studio lights and a black seamless background.

Portrait by Jordan Lightner.

Portrait by Jordan Lightner.
Jordan wanted her portrait of her sister to feel edgy and spontaneous, so she used a fill flash on a windy night.

Michael by Brooke Dominguez.

Michael by Brooke Dominguez.
Brooke’s portrait of Michael gives us insight into his personality through the iconic background. Brooke also applied a subtle vignette in order to add intensity and drama, darkening the corners of the photo and drawing viewers inward to Michael’s gaze.

Portrait by Anne Gouty.

Portrait by Anne Gouty.
Anne Gouty’s portrait of her dad holding her niece shows a candid moment. The shallow depth of field and the directed glance from her dad underline the emphasis on her niece’s face.

Portrait by Bekah Pollard.

Portrait by Bekah Pollard.
Bekah wanted to show off Nick’s dual talents as a DJ and visual artist by capturing him using his turntable in his studio. One of her questions at our critique: should the background be out of focus? Her peers urged her to show this version, where viewers can see Nick’s drawings clearly, rather than an alternate version where the drawings were unreadable. It became more important to show the details of the drawings themselves, rather than further emphasize Nick’s profile through shallow depth of field.

 

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).