New Media in the Classroom

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Today's college faculty are often surprised as well as challenged by the growing use of new media tools in their classrooms. Yet these tools, the iPods, laptops, video cams, and other computer gadgetry have shown themselves to be useful for adding depth to student artwork, for integrating and synthesizing knowledge across disciplines, for helping to keep current with continuous change, for the practice of theory, for simple innovation, and for sheer generational differences, most of today's students having been raised from early childhood on computers and the Internet.

In this session, a panel of Ringling College of Art + Design faculty (themselves practicing artists in computer animation, installation art, digital film, art history, sculpture, poetry and storytelling) explore the use of new media tools in classroom projects, along with some of their techniques and project results.

When teaching art and technology in a school of art and design, one is confronted with the question of aesthetics, direct application, and the cultural politics of new media. The challenge lies in the diverse learning environments of new media, whether as taught and learnt by fine artists, graphic designers, computer animators, digital filmmakers, photographers, illustrators or students of the humanities. Topics in this session include: the use of new media tools in the sculpture classroom to add depth to student work; new media pedagogy applied to the intersections of art and technology; the encouragement of risk-taking in animated shorts by the use of a simple, digital matrix to explore forced connections in the creation of story ideas; the challenges of teaching hands-on 3d/sculpture to a new generation of "digit-heads"; plus writing and creative thinking in the context of the new media arts.


Keywords: New Media Tools, Digital Technology, Visual and Verbal Arts, Multimedia
Stream: Media Arts Practices: Television, Multimedia, Digital, Online and Other New Media
Presentation Type: Colloquium in English
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Dr. Alison Watkins

Faculty, Liberal Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design
Sarasota, FL, USA

Alison Watkins received her MFA in creative writing from Bard College in New York, and her Ph.D. in literature from Florida State University. She has taught poetry and storytelling at Ringling College of Art + Design for the last 16 years, and is a practicing artist and published writer.

Dr. Kinga Araya

Faculty, Liberal Arts, Ringling College of Art + Design
Sarasota, FL, USA

Kinga Araya is a visual artist and art historian who completed her doctoral studies in the Special Individualized Program (studio arts and critical theory) at Concordia University in Montréal (2004). Araya showed her interdisciplinary artworks in numerous national and international solo and group art exhibitions, film, video and performance art festivals in Canada, USA, Poland, England, Yugoslavia, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Lebanon, and Australia. She is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, the most notable are: Postdoctoral and Artistic Fellowship, Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry (2007-08), Berlin, Germany; Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (2006-2007); and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Montreal, Canada. She is currently a full-time professor at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

Vicky Randall

Faculty, CORE, Ringling College of Art + Design
Sarasota, FL, USA

Art is communication and my language is sculpture. As a sculptor I manipulate three- dimensional forms. I choreograph movement, structure, form, light and sound to express my vision of the world. Sculpture is process, there is no skipping a step or the dance would not be complete. My approach to sculpture is like a scientist’s quest. I persist because I know it is possible to discover an unprecedented way of using three-dimensional language to reveal a higher level of creativity and expression. I use abstractions of steel, sound, light, and stacked elements in my work to display my own sense of time. As an artist, I concentrate on developing a personal visual dialogue. I strive for simplicity. I demand harmony between to landscape and cityscape with my forms as all the elements are considered when developing a concept. My artistic motivation is that of an inventor, coupled with a desire for aesthetic.

Mr. Gary Schumer

Faculty, Computer Animation, Ringling College of Art + Design
Sarasota, FL, USA

I am a teacher, artist, painter and animator. I have been teaching fine arts and animation at professional art schools and colleges in the USA for over 20 years. For a ten year period I worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation studios first as an animation trainer and Training Department head and later as an effects animator on production. I am currently teaching animation, Visual and Story Development at Ringling College of Art and Design. I recently coauthored the book, Ideas for the Animated Short, Focal Press.

John Williams

Faculty, CORE, Ringling College of Art + Design
Sarasota, FL, USA

Minneapolis College of Art and Design; the Reinhart Graduate School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Design. Assistant professor, Rhode Island School of Design, Reinhart Fellowship, National Foundation for the Humanities Grant. Exhibitions: Walker Art Center Bi-Annual; Minneapolis Institute of Art Bi-Annual; Baltimore Museum Annual; Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design Annual; numerous private and corporate collections.

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