GDA members blow off steam as an exercise in creating a larger connection between drawings.
The Graphic Designers Association under the watchful eyes of Tyler Dockery and Marsha Mills created an artistic experiment using the “Exquisite Corpse” Model. Students drew individually and then moved around our whiteboard, picking up where others left off. A thoroughly Good time was had by all.
As our semester draws to a close, many students find that the pressures of the school year are mounting and that even while large projects are graded and completed, still more looms on the horizon.
“If I don’t push down some of this worry and let loose a little creative pressure, I’m going to explode.” GDA President Bri French stated. The artwork was used to begin conversations in the following class, but all good things must come to an end.
“Someone was obviously working very hard,” George Tsai, Instructor of Advertising and Graphic Design said. “I didn’t want to take it down”.
As finals approach, many students will be finding creative outlets for their frustration. As always, the GDA is always on the lookout for those individuals with the fortitude to start something new and exciting.
Briana French gave the floor of the GDA meeting over to Carla Osborne. Carla Osborne presented Tips & Tricks for using photoshop in practical and professional matters. In addition to the dozen plus GDA members, one student who was new to the Graphic Designer’s Association came to see Carla’s presentation and chose to join based on the topics. After an hour of hands-on demonstration and a group project, Carla opened the floor to specific question and answer periods.
Students expressed an interest in a referesher on 3D features, and Carla Osborne was happy to oblige. She gave a short rundown on photoshop’s 3D abilities and how they could be best utilized. Several students complained about the ability of certain laptops and computers to be able to render 3D features. Carla then discussed the needs for dedicated video cards, recommendations by Adobe for the amount of RAM to have available to work with 3D renderings, and the importance of having Open GL (open graphics library) available.
In today’s GDA meeting, Brianne French ( Bri French ), Tyler Blumenschine, Rick Breuning, Eric Van Dijk, Gabriela Castillo, Jason Labrada, and Kamryn Priebe worked on creating personal logos and logotypes under the watchful eyes of Tyler Dockery and Marsha Mills.
“It was nice to really have a chance to get some good feedback,” Jason Labrada remarked. “People seem to be worried about being so polite during critiques.” Tyler Blumenschine and Bri French gave precision critiques over items, allowing all students to have time to work, offer feedback, and refine their current works.
Last week’s meeting of the GDA was a success. In a special “By Request” session, students discussed topics of their choice with Tyler Dockery and Marsha Mills, while students assisted with hands-on assignments.
Tyler Dockery gave a short lecture on the Bauhaus Movement in Graphic Design, discussing some of its origins in Germany as a melding of art, design, industrial design, and architecture and their part in North Carolina History.
The original call of the Bauhaus movement echoed the statements of Walter Gropius: That “Art is not a profession” and spoke out against the isolation of the artist. Artists and architects should work together and mold the most perfect structures. After having their institution summarily closed after a successful exhibition, the major players of the Bauhaus movement were run out of Germany by the Nazi’s and right-wing conservatives as being too “inclusive”, and that their thoughts were destroying the romantic utopia created by artists.
Leaving Germany for the United States, many Bauhaus artists and architects retreated to the Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Here, Joseph Albers and other important figures began a school combining the arts and design together into the modern look and feel of the design system we use today. Although this school eventually closed and scattered the major movers and shakers in the design and art community to the USA, while it ran, it had an excellent, ground-breaking effect on design thought and practice.
Among those who taught at the Black Mountain College in the 1940s and 1950s were:
Josef and Anni Albers, Eric Bentley, Ilya Bolotowsky, Josef Breitenbach, John Cage, Harry Callahan, Mary Callery, Fritz Cohen, Robert Creeley, Merce Cunningham, Edward Dahlberg, Max Dehn, Willem de Kooning, Robert Duncan, Buckminster Fuller, Walter Gropius, Trude Guermonprez Lou Harrison, Alfred Kazin, Franz Kline, Jacob Lawrence, Richard Lippold, Alvin Lustig, Beaumont Newhall, Charles Olson, M. C. Richards, Albert William Levi, Alexander Schawinsky, Ben Shahn, Arthur Siegel, Aaron Siskind, Theodoros Stamos, Jack Tworkov, Robert Motherwell, Emerson Woelffer, and William R. Wunsch.
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If you want to read more about the Black Mountain College in North Carolina, please consider the following sites:
- The Bauhaus and America: First Contacts, 1919-1936
- The Bauhaus in History
Tyler Dockery also discussed the Golden Rectangle and The Golden Spiral with visual demonstrations on the board. While not going into specifics about the number theory behind it, Practical Application was discussed. Materials relating to architecture (worldwide modern and traditional Japanese), typography and letterform logos, as well as renaissance architecture and the birth of modern art.
Marsha Mills was also on hand discussing design pieces and giving hands-on assistance with projects. If you have questions, we hope to see you at our next meeting, and we hope to see you all at Tyler Dockery’s upcoming talk: Everything You Need to Know About Type.