Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Honors, Advanced, and Beginning: Poster Contest

This year’s Fiesta is still days away, but organizers are already thinking about next year. The Fiesta San Antonio Commission is calling for entries for the official Fiesta San Antonio 2015 Poster Contest.
The contest is open to all artists who use traditional media — oil, acrylic or tempera paint, watercolors, illustrations or prints — or computer graphics.  Entries will be judged on concept, artistic imagery, visual presentation and merchandising adaptation. The winner will receive $5,000.
The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. June 27. Entries must be submitted at the Fiesta Commission Office, 2611 Broadway.  For more information call 210-227-5191 or email
The 2014 Fiesta poster was designed by Marcelino Villanueva, a computer graphics artist in the San Antonio Express-News marketing department. Read about it here.

Honors, Advanced, and Beginning

If you are still working on a project, please finish it. All projects are due this Friday, May 9.

If you are caught up then start one of the following:

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Honors, Advanced, and Beginning Students

If you are working on the collaborative piece, then you will continue to do so. The piece will be due Friday, so make sure that the work that is left is equally distributed. One person should be responsible for compositing all of the work. Then the group can work together to make the final adjustments.

If you have an independent piece upon which you are currently working, then you must finish it by Friday.

For those of you who have completed your work you will begin this project: MY IDEAL WORLD

Conceptual Basis for Lesson:
What is your idea of an ideal world? Is it a world without fear, without pain, without suffering? In a world with growing fear and pessimism, we are losing hope for future generations. It is time that the younger generation captures a more hopeful vision of what the world they are inheriting could be.

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Edward Hicks, an American folk artist, painted a humble collection of paintings that came from an
idea of the “Peaceable Kingdom” found in the book of Isaiah the prophet "the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid,". Hicks’s paintings consider a more optimistic outlook on what may be achieved. His images were symbolic of peace between two groups that were normally in confrontation with each other.

Edward Hicks, The Peaceable Kingdom (1826), National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Piet Mondrian was another artist who considered Utopian ideals in a movement of art known as De Stijl. This group of artists sought to express a utopian ideal of harmony and order. The works by
Mondrian advocated pure abstraction and universality by a reduction to the essentials of form and color. Mondrian’s vision of the utopian ideal relied on becoming purely simple rather than chaotic.

Piet Mondrian, Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red, 1937–42, oil on canvas, 72.5 × 69 cm, Tate Gallery. London

Things to Consider:
Words that may be used as a symbol for initial idea.(peace, harmony, order)
View and analyze works done by Edward Hicks.
What is out of the ordinary?
What animals are seen together that normally are enemies?
What may be another illustration of this type of unorthodox relationships?
What does this relationship symbolize?

Look up works done by Piet Mondrian. Though he did not create Utopias in his artwork, he did consider Utopian ideals. Mondrian focused on his Utopian ideal of harmony and order pushed his abstraction to achieve his famously simple works.

Taken from Digital Wish and modified by me:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Objectification of Women

If you have done or will do a vexel piece then you must read this linked article. We will discuss it in class.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Super Tut

Beginning kids, if you complete this tutorial and make a quality piece I will get rid of any zero and you will earn an A+ on the piece. If you have no zeroes then you will earn bonus points for doing this.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Advanced and Beginning

You are to complete the following tutorials.


Honors: Getting By

You are to go to the below link and read the article. You must select one of the six persons listed below Mr. Bowers and create three portraits of that person. Think about a setting that goes with their narrative. Instead of using an image of an age-accurate person you are to use an image of your peers.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Honors, Advanced, and Beginning

Choose a tutorial from the 100 listed on this page:

10 Ways to Create Professional and Organized PSD Files

"No matter what type of work you do in Photoshop, keeping organized PSD files is an extremely important task. This is especially important if you work with a team of designers, developers, or artists that need to use your Photoshop files later down the line. In this tutorial, I will share 10 useful tips and techniques that you can use to help create professional and organized PSD files. Let's get started!"
From design.tutsplus

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Google Sketch Stuff

Honors Light Stalking

You are to take a picture of your peer/s. Make sure it is dynamic or exciting in some way. You will then place them in an environment where they are backlit. Make much contrast!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Beginning 3D: Make a Shoe

Using this site linked through the image as a guide, you are to create a shoe or set of shoes for a mythical hero.

Honors: Animated GIF Contest--A Portrait in Motion Design Challenge #9: Create a Winter-Themed Animated GIF



  • Use Photoshop to Create a Winter-Themed Animated GIF. Submissions must be 1MB or smaller.
  • Your submission must be your original work created specifically for this challenge. Do not submit previous works from your portfolio.
  • Utilize any technique to assist you, including but not limited to: videography, illustration, animation, digital painting, and 3D techniques.
  • When you submit an entry, tell the community a bit about your piece. Why did you create it? What does it mean? Tell us anything that you think we would find interesting.
  • If you use any third-party assets (including stock photography), make sure that you have the rights to do so, and cite your sources. You can find resources on sites like the stock.xchngPhotoDune123rf, or any other legitimate stock photography website.
  • Avoid using images that are overly violent, offensive, or contain nudity.

How To Submit

  • To submit your artwork, join the Psdtuts+ Community on Google+ and upload your artwork to the wall.
  • Include links to any stock photography used so we can see how your work came together.
  • Tag your post with the Google+ Hashtag #psdtutsdc.
  • You may submit unlimited entries to this challenge.
  • Submissions must be received by February 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

Beginning and Advanced: ΦΔΘ T-shirt Design.

Phi Delta Theta formal cruise to the Bahamas February 7-11. Make anything you want!
Simplified Crest




Colors: Azure and Argent
Founded: 1848
Motto: One man is no man
2nd Motto: All for one and one for all! Sword and Shield will Never fall! From this day 
      until I die, damn I’m proud to be a Phi!
FSU chapter: Florida Gamma

Some famous phi’s: Neil Armstrong, Lou Gehrig, Burt Reynolds (FSU), Wes Welker
FSU Phi Delt’s in athletics: #30 Ian Miller starting PG for FSU basketball, #75 Cam Erving award winning tackle for FSU football, #52 Bryan Stork award winning center for FSU football and projected 1st-2nd round pick in this upcoming NFL draft.

Phi Delta Theta International:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Beginning: Choose a Tutorial from this Page

You must complete one of the tutorials linked below. Make the tutorial your own!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Advanced: Make a Logo

Using information from the organization's website and the information provided, design a logo.

Theme that must be used as written: "Peace or Perish...Abolish War on Planet and Poor".
Logo must include an image(s) that connect the theme.
Logo must say "Ashville, NC" and "2014".

Here is a link to their merchandise, where you can get a feel for who they are in terms of images, colors, etc.

Work must be submitted to Ron H. and Gerry W. (

Beginning: Go Crazy!

Using the skills and techniques you've developed up to this point in class, make an interesting piece of art. Keep these things in mind:
Why are you making this piece? Do you have an emotional attachment to it?
How will you construct the piece? Is this piece of your own design, or will you follow a tutorial to get where you want? If you follow a tutorial, how will you make it your own?
What is the context of your piece? How is this incorporated into the work? the background? subject matter?
How will you push yourself to learn more?

Here are some good places to get inspired. Once you go to the specific link for the art look around at the other art there:

"Levitation" by  Louis Stilling.

"no" by betaguy435.

"Underpass" by  ematoma123.

Honors: Portrait Series

Using the skills and techniques that you've been developing this quarter, make a series of portraits. You must have a minimum of three images--but your best work will include more.

Here is a link to a National Press Photographers Association portrait contest, and this is a good place to start to see what great variety modern portraiture can take. Study the 1st-4th place winners.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beginning: Do These Tutorials

Practical Photoshop technique editor James Paterson shows how to get to grips with one of the most powerful tools in your creative arsenal — the Brush tool. Click here to Watch & Learn

Make interesting vector shapes in Photoshop CS6: The introduction of vector shape layers in Photoshop CS6 has opened up a wealth of new possibilities. Here are some tips so you can make the most of them. Click here to Watch & Learn

Honors: Portrait Tutorials.

Do this one: Use brushes to enhance portraits.                             
David Mahoney explains how to bring realism, texture and beauty to your digital pieces using traditional mediums.

Do something similar to this one: Good and Evil.
Split a photograph into two sides.

Do something similar to this one: Surreal Portrait.

Using this tutorial as a reference create an amazing portrait.

Advanced: Poster Design

This is your chance to take part in the Graphic Design Festival Breda! This year the Poster Project is fully open to participation by seniors, startups, students and autodidacts. We challenge you to show off your talent. Design a poster and submit it before February 7, 2014.
A selection of 50 entries will be shown during the festival as part of an international outdoor exhibition in the city center of Breda. 

Graphic designers connect ideas, information and people. This is a great responsibility in a world where image affects people's behaviour and opinions. Using the maker revolution, financial crisis and social media uprising as an inspiration we can create transparant, sustainable and honest concepts for the future. As a designer you can contribute to this process by visually reviewing, researching, reflecting and reconnecting to political, economical, ecologic and social challenges. We ask you to display a personal way of handling these contemporary challenges and share this with a wide audience.

You’re free to choose a subject, but we challenge you to take on one of these attitudes:
You add a personal touch to everyday reality. Your visualization triggers the viewer's imagination. 
You reflect on news creating a compact and comprehensible context for today’s topics.
You dissect complex systems to create a transparent view on our environment. 
You provoke public debate shaping the viewer's personal opinion.

The poster does not serve as an announcement for the festival, but your design encourages discussion, presents a solution, calls for action or shows a different view on a contemporary challenge that you experience. Please keep in mind that the winnng posters are exhibited in public space.

02/07/2014: Upload your design
03/01/2014: Announcement of the 50 winners.
04/17/2014: Exhibition during Graphic Design Festival Breda

Send in your design ith the following specifications: PDF / A3 (29,7 X 42 cm) / max 5 MB / 200 dpi / CMYK color mode. Save the file as: <name-surname.pdf>. Winners have to submit a new file in size A0.

Terms & conditions
1. You give permission to exhibit the poster during the festival and following presentations.
2. You give permission to use the design for promotional purposes.
2. You give permission to print a limited editon; one for display, one for you and a maximum of 5 for sales.
3. You allow the proceeds of the sale will to be donated to the project.
4. You declare to submit your design under Creative Commons 3.0 license.
5. You promise to submit new or previously unpublished work.
6. You can only submit via our website.
7. You can submit a maximum of three entries per designer/studio.

During the festival the process is key. We are very interested in your process, sketches and inspirations. Please share these as pictures, videos, links or short texts on our facebook eventpage.

Is there more information about these attitudes? 
- Sure, read our digital book 'Perspectives in visual storytelling'

Can a submit a silk screen print of 3D posters?
- Sure, please get in touch by email to make arrangements.

My pdf file is too large for uploading!
- See this instruction to reduce your file size.

I would like to contribute multiple posters.
- No problem, but make sure you number the files.

You can find more information about GDFB 2014 on the website or read the text about the festival theme here. If you have any questions about the briefing of the poster project mail to

- See more at:

Advanced Free-for-All

If you choose to to the below project I will work with you to write the proposal. If your proposal is accepted you will earn no less than a 94 in the class regardless of whether you finish the project this quarter or not. You must still do the blogs and work on your proposed project.
This is your chance to take part in the Graphic Design Festival Breda! This year the Poster Project is fully open to participation by seniors, startups, students and autodidacts. We challenge you to show off your talent. Design a poster and submit it before February 7, 2014.
A selection of 50 entries will be shown during the festival as part of an international outdoor exhibition in the city center of Breda. 

The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength - not our weakness.

Through grants, scholarships and special projects, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change. With this aim the Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place.

The Foundation welcomes proposals for still photography or multimedia projects.

Student applicants are encouraged to consider projects that explore cultural understanding in or near their local community. While the Foundation does not discourage proposals on topics outside the students’ region, no extra weight is given to these topics when determining winning Grant recipients. Rather, the Foundation believes applicants are more likely to complete a story closer to their school or home than one that requires travel.

Please note that the application deadline for the professional grant is January 13, 2014. Student grant deadline is January 27, 2014.

No entry fee for student applications.
• Student Grants: Applicants must be duly enrolled full-time students in an accredited college or university in the U.S. or abroad in a degree program at the time of application as either graduate or undergraduate students.
• Student Awards: Grants are given for First Place, Second Place and, at judges’ discretion, Award(s) of Excellence. Grants do vary between undergraduate and graduate students. Students also get scholarship opportunities.

Winners of the Professional grant and the Student grant will be announced on March 1, 2014.

Friday, January 10, 2014


 Forward Thinking Initiatives’ Youth Entrepreneurship Academy
                          Presents:   ART-repreneurship for Teens

A unique, after-school adventure for middle and high school students, interested in music, art, dance or theater.

In cooperation with the St. Petersburg Greenhouse, St. Pete Chamber, Creative Clay Studio,  Florida Craftsman Gallery,  St. Pete Opera Company and St. Petersburg College

Forward Thinking Initiatives (FTI), a Tampa Bay non-profit that has been teaching youth entrepreneurship for nine years, is partnering with The St. Petersburg Greenhouse to help foster youth entrepreneurship in the community. FTI and the Greenhouse are set to launch the first, youth entrepreneurship academy program on February 17, 2014. 

The kick-off program will be ART-repreneurship. When you are working in the arts, it’s not always apparent that YOU are the product you have to sell.  If you want to be a fine artist, designer, dancer, musician or actor you must also have the business skills to promote your own work.  This program is designed to help teens who aspire to become artists, back up their artistic abilities with business skills that will support their passion.

What students will learn:
How to launch your own business in the arts
Website development for artists
How to market yourself/your portfolio/your product for school or career
Understand if your idea is a real opportunity?
Meet professional artists/entrepreneurs and learn how they got their start.
How galleries select their artists
Career opportunities in the arts

Cost:     $260 for the full program
Dates:  Monday, February 17 – March 27, 2014
Time: Kick Off from 1-3 pm (President’s Day) and all other days  4:30 – 5:30 pm
Locations: (various locations see registration link for details)

Contact Debra Campbell for a class schedule at 813 760-7860 or email

ART-repreneurship Class Schedule

Class 1   Kick Off    Monday,  February 17,  1:00 – 3:00 pm.  
   At Creative Clay Studio, 1124 Central Ave. St Petersburg

1.     Introduction to all the young artists
2.     How to come up with a business idea
3.     Create a company from soup to nuts.  Students develop a wearable art product, or other creative arts concept to form a company  (complete with pricing and marketing strategy).

Class 2   Thursday, February 20,  4:30 - 5:30  pm.
   At the Greenhouse, 440  2nd Ave. N. St Petersburg

1.     Discussion about what is an entrepreneur.
2.     Create a “pitch” that can be used as a resume (creative resumes, videos)
3.     Interviewing for a job in the arts

Class 3   Thursday, February 27, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
   At the Greenhouse, 440 2nd Ave. N. St Petersburg

1.     How to spot an opportunity.
2.     Packaging your portfolio
3.     Panel of artists talk about how they market and sell their work

Class 4   Thursday, March 6, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
Florida Craftsman Galleries  (Meet promptly at 4:30 )   501 Central Ave. St Petersburg

1.     Meet the Executive Director and Gallery Manager of a top St. Pete gallery.
2.     Learn about art trends, how to sell art and how a gallery operates
3.     Tour the Art Loft and see 18 artist studios

Class 5   Thursday, March 13, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
At St Pete College (downtown campus) 244 2nd Avenue N. St.     Petersburg

1.     Artist Website Development

Class 6   Thursday, March 20, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
At St Pete College (downtown campus) 244 2nd Avenue N. St.     Petersburg

1.     Artist Website Development
2.     Artist panel talk about marketing themselves and career skills

Class 7  Thursday, March 27, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
   At St Pete Opera Company,  2145 1st Ave. S.
1.     See theater management up close
2.     Q & A with professionals in the performing arts

Other FTI Greenhouse Programs for Teens (coming soon)

Entrepreneurial Thinking  Build a Business for Teens
Green Business at the Greenhouse
Toys and Games Serious Business
Business and Technology
The Business of Sports
International Trade

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Beginning: Complete one of the following tutorials.

Each of these is equally challenging. You are to make the tutorials your own by using different images. For example, in the first tutorial you can replace the plane with a elephant.

Tutorial 1:

Tutorial 2:  
For this tutorial you must make the creature different creature. Here is one example of how the creator of this image changed the tutorial:

Tutorial 3:
Make your text different.

Honors: Portraiture

This quarter you will focus your work on portraits. They may be self portraits or portraits of friends, family members, pets--whoever you can get to sit for you. You will employ a variety of techniques and principles to do so.

Your first task is to review the below web links and make a blog post stating your thoughts, reactions, suppositions, etc.

This web page is presented by photographer Eddie Bonfigli and, as he states, "is intended as a brief and general outline of how" he approaches portraiture.

I like this page because the information given contradicts some of what Eddie Bonfigli. I think that this information is just as valid.

Finally, Digital Camera World gives this sound advice on ways to avoid making common mistakes when shooting portraiture.

Due Friday, January 10, is the blog post with your newly-gained insight and three stunning portraits.

Advanced: Enter the Kaufman Kamp T-Shirt Contest

It must contain the words " Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp" or "SKAK", must say "Maryville, TN", "19th Annual" and have a cool, Kamp feel. 

If your design is chosen you get fame and glory and $150.00. If it is not chosen, it may stay on file at Flatpik Central for future use and at that point you will get fame and glory and $150. All artwork becomes property of the Kamp and we will not mail it back. Send JPGs or original art to or PO Box 1020 Alcoa TN 37701.

Contest ends January 15, 2014. Have fun and thanks for entering. Good luck and let the brush strokes begin.

Here is a link to past t-shirt designs: