Monthly Archives: October 2014

Collaborative Wall of Remixed Portraits


Many Versions

“The Wall of One Hour’s Infinite Potential” 2014, A Collaborative Effort.

On 10/28 we worked on the GIF the Portrait Project, did you write your tutorial yet?

Add your written tutorial about the process in the comments section on this page.

Do you need a tutorial example? Check mine out  here. Describing your interpretation and explaining the process of an experience is a helpful way to write about your own process as an artist. Do you agree?

panorama pict by Sarah Rennie
panorama pict by Sarah Rennie


Tuesday 10/29/14 Class Info Pls READ in Full!


Welcome to the GIF the Portrait Project! We will be contributing as individuals and as a class. First, check out the project itself –

Materials :: If possible, please bring to class a pair of scissors or an x-acto knife, sketch paper and a glue stick. If it is too short notice, no problem, I have extras. (I will select a few portraits to practice on for this session.)

How did this project come about?
“I love to make GIFs and I wanted to create an online event that would allow for anyone in any part of the world to submit and participate.”
The images below are the result of two single images. Pablo Picasso and Kurt Schwitters are two of my favorite artists (Andy Warhol as well, but we will get back to him later) I wanted to use them as inspiration for a series of collage based works. These are the first few pieces from my experiments. Each piece is sized at 8.5 X 11. inches. The desire to create a series like this came from my interest in a series of works created by the students of artist and professor Javier Cambre. Cambre is a friend and one of my colleagues at CUNY QCC. I later re-designed my interpretation of the works to fit into a project for myself, as well as my students. I have been teaching 2D design at the college level for 10 years. It is a course that I love to teach. I also enjoy intuitively expanding the course content and the class projects. The course allows for students to learn manual and analog techniques, as well as basic graphic design skills. This gives us a lot of options as we focus on understanding the elements of art, and the principles of design. As you may know, the vastness of how this language can be applied is…..endless!  Hence why it also applies to our class. In our case, we will be both generating the art and writing a tutorial about “how and what” we did to achieve the final result.
So, Where do you begin?
Re-Organize a single Composition (Portrait Image)
In this project you will be re-organizing a representational image into a more subjective one or by creating a hybrid.  The image selected should be a portrait. (The image should also be a high enough resolution to re-copy and scale to larger or smaller sizes, but then again, if you wish to include texture as an aspect of the work, sky is the limit) You as the artist can decide what a portrait is. Is it a human? Is it an anime character? Is it your dog or cat? Hmmm. You will need at least 6-10 copies of your image to start with, you can make multiples by using a photo-copy machine or a printer. Or you can simply use adobe photoshop to copy, paste and layer variations of the image purely digitally.
Final output-
You will be re-creating 3-6 subjective variations of your portrait.
After manually or digitally generating 3-6 variations, pick your favorite image to GIF. But why stop there? After you create your first contrast, you may want to make more, and more, and more! (sinister music begins to play)
1.  Manipulate the existing image by cutting out several parts and pieces (this includes the individual facial features, head, back round, neck, & clothing areas) You may use your scissors or x-acto knife to cut out your forms, or you can use the lasso and crop tools in photoshop to save and create individual layers.
2.  Measure and create 3-6 blank picture planes to work on. I suggest keeping these between 6.5 x 9 inches and or a bit smaller. Either way, they will need to be resized for the web and minimized to about 3×5 inches and 72 dpi for tumblr (but you are not limited to these sizes for your own wordpress sites!) Yep, we will be archiving this project on Tumblr. If you are unsure of HOW to resize your work, don’t worry, We can troubleshoot that if necessary.
3.  Lay out the cut pieces or various windows in front of you. You will then re-organize and compose your pieces into 3-6 different compositions. All 3-6 of the final works should be subjective and or hybrid images. Or perhaps another  “such-ness or potential  is-ness” you may define that as well.
4.  Scan, photograph, and save your final outcomes.
5. Chose 2-3 of the outcomes that you like the most and animate them by generating a GIF(s). Save your GIF work for the web. Meaning, as a .gif file. If you need assistance on this again, shoot us an e-mail. We will help.
6. E-mail the analog still images and the GIF files to us by using the address on this blog.  Ryan (@), you will then write up your how-to tutorial as a blog post for our class! (more on this in the second half of the project)
Check out the project on our tumblr  –
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10/25/14 NYC Gallery Visits

On Saturday 10/25/14 we will be meeting in NYC at 11:30 AM on 7th Ave in front of the TAXI area right outside of Penn Station.

As a group we will walk down to the Chelsea area to explore a few of the current exhibitions in the area. Most of the galleries that we will be visiting are located between west 21st & west 26th street (cross streets of 9th & 11th ave.)

Is there a specific show that you would like to see? Add it to the comments sections below.

Please make travel arrangements in advance. LIRR trains have track work from time to time, please take note in advance.

We will begin walking at downtown at exactly 11:30 AM.



Class in for Tuesday 10/21- Important Info.

10/21 – Class Critique #1 

*Students will bring to class and display one piece of their current or previous work for a group critique and discussion with our classmates. We will discuss the critique process and how it can be used for reflective and structured writing. This is mandatory.

*DUE: Written Artist Interview (bring a printed hard copy.) if you have not handed it in already.

*DUE: Personal Manifesto is Due. This will be posted onto our class blog under Manifesto. (So far, there are only two posts for this)

**10/25Saturday – Museum / Gallery Visit. Class Trip to NYC. Meeting time TBA. Let us choose as a group an exhibition(s) in NYC. You will post a written reaction to the exhibition(s) we view on our class blog.

Steinberg Museum Reactions

On 10/14/14 our class took a guided tour of the current exhibitions in the Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood. Please visit this link – to add your responses in the comments section. You may react and respond to your personal experience as you wish. Please be specific in detail.

*If you were absent from this class you are still responsible for responding and attending the exhibition on your own time.


10/7/14 Collaborative Class Project #1

In class on 10/7/14 we will be exploring thesis writing inspiration and potential models for formatting. In class we will be broken up into two groups to generate a collaborative project. Concept creation, art making, documentation, presentation and discussion will be emphasized.

This post will be updated and archived in real time  beginning at 5:15pm

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