Pre-College Summer Institute Art + Media Look Book
The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute's Art + Media program created a book of student work from their 2013 summer of study.
LOOK BOOK 2013 STRA EHT FO YTISREVINU EHT SMARGORP EGELLOC-ERP SUMMER INSTITUTE A R T, M E D I A + D E S I G N TEERTS DAORB .S 023 20191 AP , AIHPLEDALIHP etutitsniremmus/ude.strau KOOL THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS DEAN OF CONTINUING STUDIES: E R I N E L M A N | M A ’ 97 ( A R T E D U C AT I O N ) , M FA ’ 0 8 (BOOK ARTS/PRINTMAKING) KOOB PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM DIRECTOR: R O S I D I S P E N S A | B FA ’ 0 4 ( P H OTO G R A P H Y ) , M A ’ 1 1 ( A R T E D U C AT I O N ) P R E - C O L L E G E P R O G R A M A S S I S TA N T: 3102 19102 K R Y STA K N A ST E R | B FA ’ 0 9 ( P H OTO G R A P H Y ) THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS 320 S. BROAD STREET PHILADELPHIA , PA UARTS.EDU/SUMMERINSTITUTE FOREWORD LOOK BOOK The UArts Pre-College Summer Institute Art, Media + Design program is the countryâ€™s most dynamic summer program for passionate high school art students. The immersive program enables students to experience what art school at a university level is like and learn from the same nationally recognized artist professors who teach in the undergraduate programs. The four-week intensive allows students the opportunity to choose a major, minor and elective. In addition to class time, students participate in open studios, guest artist lectures, field trips and enriching workshops. This flexibility provides students with an in-depth look at potential undergraduate majors while experimenting in other media. Our students are independent thinkers from around the globe. Through their experience in the Summer Institute program, students are transformed from making high school projects, to thinking like artists with personal visions and comprehensive portfolios of work. This book is a glimpse at the st udent w ork fr om summe r 2013. 2013 Pa ges 0 6 -0 7 08-09 10-11 12-13 14-15 16-17 18-19 20-21 22-23 24-25 DEMETRIUS BANKS SHELBY BRISBANE ANDREA CANTILLO HANNAH CHIDEKEL BENJAMIN COOPER TA SW I R DAV I S N ATA L I A E L D E R I N G DOMINIQUE EVANS AVA FIELD LACHLAN HERRICK ADDISON HOLMES JENNA HOUSTON LUCY JERMYN VIRGINIA LI ALEXANDER MANOLIDIS CHRISTOPHE MARCHAND AMANDA MCGEE KEITH MCHUGH BRIDGET MCKENNA ALANIS MELENDEZ CONTENTS Page s 26-27 28-29 30-31 32-33 34-35 36-37 38-39 40-41 42-43 44-45 46 JILLIAN MILNE JOSEPH MOONEY SEBASTIAN MORA N ATA L I A M O R O Z O VA LINDSEY NORTON NICOLE ORTEGA ADRIENNE PITCHFORD SEBASTIAN POWLEY BEN RENINO T H E R E S A RYA N A S H LY N S A N C H E Z GREER SANDERS ARIELLE SHAPIRO H A N N A H S I LV E R M A N SPENCER SIMONE CAMILA VELA V E R O N I C A V E R R AT T I GRACE VOLINSKY CHRISTIAN WALKER JABRIEL WILLIAMS WINNIE ZHANG When I get an idea, I get paper and start drawing... Mark Crilley has been a great inspiration to me. Since the age of 7, Iâ€™ve watched animated shows such as Ben 10, Bakugan, Funimation Show, and Teen Titan. I look at Mark Crilleyâ€™s artwork and different types of anime artwork to create an idea of my own. I can create anime characters in my mind. I was introduced to designing comic book character illustration using pen and pencil. When I get an idea, I get paper and start drawing. I will use all the lessons from the University of Arts classes in the future. Because I am capable of creating interesting anime characters, I am confident in pursuing animation throughout high school, college, and my career as an artist. 06 DEMETRIUS BANKS P H I L A D E L P H I A , PA | A N I M AT I O N SHELBY BRISBANE H O R S H A M , PA | A N I M AT I O N The majority of my work is generally drawn in my sketchbook, or consists of pencil or pen on paper. I also work a lot with Photoshop and drawing my ideas on the computer. During my time at UArts I am happy to say that I finally learned how to use Adobe Flash as well, and also gained experience using different media such as watercolor. To make a long story short, UArts has really helped me break out of my comfort zone and try different things that I would have been too scared to try on my own. I know I am a perfectionist, but UArts has helped me understand that sometimes mistakes happen and thatâ€™s okay. In my Figure Drawing class I learned some great tips about drawing from real life. I have also learned that, although drawing cartoons will always be my first love, I have found to like drawing the figure a lot more than I thought I would. I suppose it goes to show that if you never try something, you might look over something you could have really enjoyed. As the years have passed I have realized that as important as it is to know how to draw still lifes and realism, I am constantly drawn to cartoons and semi-realistic character styles. I enjoy everything from animated movies to graphic novels, and I can honestly say that I have probably spent too much of my time watching cartoons and reading comics. With that said, I would have to say that the person who has influenced me the most in regards to my cartooning, is my father. My dad was an amazing artist, and seeing his work is what made me really want to pursue art from a young age, even more so now. However, I am not only interested or inspired by cartoons. Another one of the people who have influenced me a lot, especially this past year, is Frida Kahlo. She was an amazing painter as well as a strong-willed woman who wasnâ€™t afraid to be who she truly was. Frida really made me realize that I can express myself however I want, not just through my physical appearance, but also through my art. Pa ge 07 I find myself incredibly lucky to discover my talent at such a young age and have fun indulging in it. I find it as a way to express myself to say the least. My uncle inspired me to take an interest in film. He’s a 2nd Assistant Director and the stories he shares with me about his adventures never fail to amuse me. I’m deeply inspired by the films I watch and the stories they have to tell. I am able to learn many lessons while watching films and creating my work. Some pieces are simple and others I have to look deeper to understand. I create my work mainly through inspiration, such as sudden dreams I’ve awoken to or revelations. I find inspiration in a lot of things. I look around me. I watch films. I look at the rain falling on my window, observing those raindrops racing down to the bottom. I look at the waves rolling in and out, leaving soft strokes in the sand. I look at my friends talking to each other and observe their laughter and their movements. I find pleasure working in whatever material is handed to me, but prefer more traditional materials such as pencil, paints (mainly acrylic) and some paper. I enjoy creating pieces of art that catch a viewer’s attention, make them question something or bring a smile to their face. In the sense that as I grow, my art matures as well, I believe I will never grow up. My experience this summer was fun and I learned a lot of useful information. There are always “mistakes” that spill onto my work that I end up finding advantageous in the end. Every time I make a mistake, I don’t try to go around it or fix it, rather I start to work with it and use it to my benefit. In due course, these “mistakes” end up being the best part of my pieces. I tinker around with my pieces the same way a surfer is in pursuit of the ideal wave. In reality, they know that they may never find it, but that doesn’t mean they have to stop looking for it. ANDI CANTILLO HIALEAH, FL | FILMMAKING Page 08 I have always been fascinated by the details and shades of life. I derive much of my work from natureâ€”whether flowers, trees, streams, or skies, I often find inspiration in the natural world. Much of my work, old and new, takes the form of photography; I am influenced by the works of photographers Forman Hanna, Edward Curtis, Arthur Drooker, and David Keochkerian. In creating a piece, I always keep composition in mindâ€”regardless of medium. Whether behind my Nikon or working with an Adobe program, I pay close attention to the slight details of my work: its subjects and their placement and color. In my photography, I often document smaller subjects with a shallow depth of field to draw attention to things often overlooked. Even in examining my other work, I have found a great attention to detail. Before my experience at the University of the Arts, I had never worked with Adobe Illustrator or InDesign; nor had I so closely examined the relationship between text and image. In the future, I hope to continue my exploration of the Adobe Suite and to further investigate the correspondence between word and art. CHADDS FORD, PA | GRAPHIC DESIGN HANNAH CHIDEKEL 09 BENJAMIN COOPER NEW TOWN SQUARE, PA PAINTING + PRINTMAKING I am influenced by everything around me. Aspects of Spirituality have pushed me in a certain direction recently, and I have a deep connection to nature. When I draw, I start with a certain body part or piece and let the rest flow. I have no specific influenceâ€” I create from my mind and memory. Being at this pre-college program, the media and materials were given or recommended to me, and the techniques, although I knew some previously, were taught to me by teachers and peers in light of learning new techniques or refining old ones. I am not proud of most of my pieces, although I am proud of the progress and growth it shows. These pieces do not really represent me as a person or an artist. What it does represent is the skills I have acquired and the progress I have made. These pieces were made in the focus of learning a new skill set so that later in my career I could incorporate this skill set into my style and enhance and grow my repertoire. In my artwork I focus on creative freedom and the ability to express myself throughout my artwork. I find inspiration in the music I listen to and from the artwork of Hayao Miyazaki films. Exploring other cultures and religion also has an influence on my artwork. My artwork is mostly fantasy based. With most of my artwork I work between pencil and ink using basic art techniques. If I want to add color I use watercolor, acrylic paint, and markers. I also add color using Photoshop. The different techniques we used in our classes will reflect how I grew over the past four weeks. This program has helped me to grow creatively and with an open mind. This program has helped me to grow creatively and with an open mind. TA S W I R D AV I S L E V I T TO W N , PA | I L L U S T R AT I O N 11 N ATA L I A E L D E R I N G FURLONG, PA | PAINTING + PRINTMAKING Throughout this program I created various pieces of work each showing my unique style as an artist. In my oil paintings, which are more classical studies, I enjoy using color and stroke as a tool to show expression. In printmaking I created a Hamsa print and a print of my good friend Sophie, both supposed to be more closely related to nature. In screen printing I first created a print of a man in my typical sketch style. I enjoyed using screen printing as a new format to create work in my typical style. For my second print I played around more with my typical pop-art style, my main inspirations being Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. I created a colorful and very visually striking image of my friend Brian, which is most inspired by Warholâ€™s prints. I enjoy using my friends as inspiration and focus because it shows what is important in my life which at this point is my friends. 12 Before I even acquired an interest in art, I spent most of my time in front of the television or mimicking what I saw on television with the toys based on the shows. Shows like Sailor Moon and the Powerpuff Girls, showcasing superheroics and girl power simultaneously, never truly left me even as they stopped airing, and I feel Iâ€™m always being drawn to or drawing one or both concepts in my works. As for style, the internet has been my number one source of inspiration due to the easy access to the art community; tumblr users like nargle, quillery, and chirart, the website deviantart, and webcomics such as Hanna Is Not a Boyâ€™s Name inspired me to pursue comics and continue to influence my style to this day. Much of my work is experimentation, but the theme influences the medium, or vice versa. In each of these pieces, the medium influenced the theme, which all revolved around an original story of mine. I used the medium to support theme or story behind each piece. For example, I made a black and white illustration assignment into a noir piece to emphasize the danger and seediness of the characters depicted. Seeing my completed work from UArts allows me to see that a concrete style is gradually developing. Additionally, the comic illustration project provided my first experience of finishing a comic page, which was perfect practice for an artist aspiring to create their own comic, and helped me better understand how coloring works. D O M I N I Q U E E VA N S M E R C H A N T V I L L E , N J | I L L U S T R AT I O N Pa ge 13 My artwork is influenced by the new techniques and skills I have learned in my classes here at UArts. Before attending this program, I had never worked in the printmaking or screen printing field, and I had little experience working with ceramics and oil paints. In my Painting class, I was inspired by the works of Lucian Freud, Kathy Kollwitz, and Raphaelle Peale. My paintings are all done in oil paint on canvas. In my paintings, I tried to avoid cropping the image along central lines. In my Ceramics class, I wanted to focus on developing my skills for throwing on the pottery wheel and experimenting with different glazes. The class has also trained my eye to look for the warmer and cooler shades of colors... The time spent in my Ceramics class has helped me to become more comfortable with throwing on the wheel. My Painting class has helped me to better understand the different planes and shapes on an object or figure. The class has also trained my eye to look for the warmer and cooler shades of colors, and has taught me that the background of the painting is just as important as, and can even transform, the foreground of the painting. I hope to continue working with ceramics and oil paints in the future. AVA F I E L D MONTCLAIR, NJ | PAINTING + PRINTMAKING 14 My style and focus of art has gone through many stages, and in this program I feel my art has begun to take on a whimsical, storybook quality. I’ve been influenced recently by the work of artists such as Alphonse Mucha, James Jean, Petra Nordlund, and the nature found in Miyazaki’s awesome films. Much of my current work is pencil lineart colored digitally in Photoshop. Working in a pencil medium is something I’ve grown comfortable with, so I’ve paired it with something I’m still experimenting in. I enjoy making creative choices in style, texture, or lighting in my work to stress the feeling I want my work to give, in this case, a bold storybook-like quality. Working in a pencil medium is something I’ve grown comfortable with, so I’ve paired it with something I’m still experimenting in... Through my experience being immersed in making art at the pre-college program, I’ve found my style change into something that better represented myself and also what I wanted to convey. I’ve also begun to branch out and attempt new techniques through my illustration classes. LACHLAN HERRICK P H I L A D E L P H I A , PA | I L L U S T R AT I O N 15 My artwork is heavily influenced by the music I listen to. Upbeat punk music inspires me to create bold pieces. I am often intrigued by the overlay of text on pictures found on album covers and lyric videos. Iâ€™m particularly inspired by Alister Dippner, an album cover artist. My style is very similar to his in that I use bright colors and sharp lines to create contrast. I chose acrylic for my paintings because of how quickly it dries, making it easy to apply bright colors without them getting muddied. In my sketchbook, a common element is the use of Sharpie to create bold shapes. I am often intrigued by the overlay of text on pictures found on album covers and lyric videos. My pieces displayed are an overall reflection of my artistic growth this summer. I picked up a large amount of diverse techniques and was able to experiment with different media. In Painting particularly, I developed a better concept of light, dark, and color. ADDISON HOLMES AUSTIN, TX | PAINTING + PRINTMAKING Page 16 My art is inspired by the relationships in my life. In some of my work, I began presenting a relationship between nature and the human. Rembrandtâ€™s depiction of landscape throughout his prints inspired my own portrayal of nature. This summer, I worked with oil on canvas, and I made prints with linoleum and copper plates. I threw many pieces on the pottery wheel. However, drypoint best conveyed my ideas because the variety of mark-making techniques allowed for the strongest images. Studying in the city has helped my art by inspiring me with a new environment. Philadelphia has shown me nature in a city setting, as opposed to the suburban area I live in. ...I threw many pieces on the pottery wheel. However, drypoint best conveyed my ideas because the variety of mark-making techniques allowed for the strongest images... JENNA HOUSTON CHESTER, NJ | PAINTING + PRINTMAKING 17 LUCY JERMYN M O N T P E L I E R , V T | I L L U S T R AT I O N The focus of the art I have made during the UArts summer program is primarily nature based with colorful graphic elements. I love drawing human and animal forms, and here I have been able to explore more comical representations of forms often seen in sequential art. Since being introduced to the art of illustration I have begun to appreciate digital imaging more, and have been inspired by the works of Jeff Smith and Peter de Seve. My illustration and digital imaging are first inked on paper, then colored and shaded on the computer using Photoshop. I have been exploring flat bright colors to create a bold childish effect. I have also been exploring different textures in screen printing to create interesting effects, including tension between layers. Before this program I had never created an image digitally on the computer, but I feel so fortunate to have been able to do so this summer. Coming into this program I was put into a class of extremely talented people who knew much more about Photoshop than I did, which inspired and challenged me to learn very quickly. Page 18 My artwork is influenced primarily by my desire to communicate. I am inspired by emotions, experiences, and issues, and I am driven by the urge to overcome their intangibility; I hope to visually express what is physically unseen. My goal is to break beyond the confines of our verbal language in order to deliver a message anyone can receive, regardless of ethnicity, age, or education. Through incorporating both digital and traditional techniques into my process, I attempt to maintain both the simplicity of an image and the complexity in an idea. I often use flat colors, basic shapes, and a limited color palette, stripping down a subject to its essential nature. This summer at UArts, the most impactful class I took was Digital Imaging because it expanded my knowledge in computer programs, providing me with an additional medium in which to work. It has simplified my process of creating images and enhanced the convenience in creating and storing my body of work. VIRGINIA LI C A R Y, N C | G R A P H I C D E S I G N 19 I grew up in an artistic environment, my father being a painter and my mother a pianist and composer. Ever since I was young, my father would often instruct me and push me on my designs, and therefore, my technique was upgrading constantly and rapidly. My main interest over the past four years is the human face. To me, the face is artistically very appealingâ€”everyone is interested in seeing what they look like on pencil through the eyes of the artist. ...this year however, I was introduced to pen designing from the Comic Book Illustration class, which I will be using for future artwork... Usually I use pencils and sfomili, a tool which adds shade, dimension, and realism. Frequently I also use charcoal for the very dark tones, such as the hair and either the eyes or the irises. This year however, I was introduced to pen designing from the Comic Book Illustration class, which I will be using for future artwork. ALEXANDER MANOLIDIS AT H E N S , G R E E C E | A N I M AT I O N 20 CHRISTOPHE MARCHAND PA R I S , F R A N C E | A N I M AT I O N Art is a big part of my life. I grew up in a country that has an artistic culture, and so I have been drawing and painting since I was young. Thanks to the University of the Arts, my skills have developed into new media. My focus was to discover and try out new techniques. Most of my drawings are pencil, however Figure Drawing class showed me new media such as charcoal. My drawing skills helped me for my animation, as they allowed for good looking animations. My animations are pencil and black pen. My animations on computer are made with Flash and After Effects. my skills have developed into new media. The final pieces show the evolution of my skill set, which has increased throughout the program. 21 AMANDA MCGEE W A R M I N S T E R , PA | A N I M AT I O N As I grow up as an artist I have discovered my own style of drawing. My artwork is all character based. My way of drawing is influenced by the cartoons I grew up watching. The artwork I see on the internet gives me the extra push to draw more and get better. The works I have done in my Animation class were made with regular print paper and pencil. In computer animation, I used Adobe Flash and After Effects. Page 22 For my Comic Book Illustration class I used Bristol paper and Photoshop to digitally paint my final product. In Figure Drawing class I used 18â€? by 24â€? drawing paper. As I grow up as an artist I have discovered my own style of drawing. This art program has inspired me. I want to draw more and get better at what I love to do. KEITH MCHUGH As far as influences go, they change so periodically it’s difficult to choose one. But if I am influenced by anything it’s punk (sound, look, and attitude). It’s more of a philosophy rather than something you find butchered in a mall. For what I did in the film I made, I brought a game that my friends (we like to call each other family) and I play to attention. The game we play as crazy as it is, has only seen attention from cops, neighbors, and the Philly punk scene and from that decision I molded my artwork with suitable creativity. Starting this summer I had only taken photography classes here. I’ve never dabbled in film, so I learned how to work a video camera and learned to deal with pieces of art that move (not metaphorically speaking). This has also strengthened my use of visual art. PHILADELPHIA , PA | FILMMAKING 23 BRIDGET MCKENNA PITTSBURGH, PA | FILMMAKING The major influence of my work is the combination of the simplicity and complications of human emotions. After watching many variations of film, which all displayed some human emotion through different styles and images, Sarah J. Christmanâ€™s Dear Bill Gates inspired me the most. I tried to combine the elements of tone poems and a traditional narrative to convey simple emotions. To start, I took inspirations from my own feelings of confusion and isolation, and trying to come to terms with these feelings. I wrote and rewrote my screenplay several times to try and convey my ideas through images. I tried very hard to focus on compositions that brought the audienceâ€™s attentions to the right details, rather than just telling them. My final piece shows my new ability to be able to comfortably put myself in my work. Through the intense environment of the film classes and the variety of films that were shown, I learned to not take criticism as a negative thing, but as extremely helpful. My final piece shows my new ability to be able to comfortably put myself in my work. 24 My work is usually influenced by my love of music and nature. When I can, I incorporate some aspect of nature in most of my pieces. I enjoy using images or illustrations to communicate my ideas and beliefs. I like to work digitally. I use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. I usually begin my process by roughly sketching my ideas. Making music posters, book covers, and manipulating photos is the aspect of graphic design I enjoy most. I like to illustrate things myself rather than take an image from online and use it. The challenging part of being at the summer program is that I was limited. I wanted to do everything myself, and I like using more than one element in my pieces. In some of my projects I could not use more than two elements per design. Making music posters, book covers, and manipulating photos is the aspect of graphic design I enjoy most. ALANIS MELENDEZ PHILADELPHIA , PA GRAPHIC DESIGN 25 JILLIAN MILNE F R E E H O L D , N J | I L L U S T R AT I O N Jillian Milne likes to think of herself as a rather quirky turkey. A 16 ½-year-old New Jersey artist, aspiring illustrator, and Disney addict, she grew up in an artistic family that supported her interests since the beginning. Jillian takes inspiration from those moving pictures. Joss Whedon and Tarantino films just do it for her, y’know? She tries her bestest to take darker subjects and give them a sunnier image. When you’re sad the sun doesn’t automatically stop shinning, and when you’re happy the clouds don’t always part. You can be happy in the rain, don’t let anyone tell you different, ya’ hear? She’s also awesome at drawing big pouty lips and cute noses. Her process involves constantly trying new things and never being in her comfort zone in the first place; so this summer was pretty fantastic for that. She doesn’t consider herself all that wonderful at digital art, but that ability definitely stretched its legs good and plenty this past month. ...she tries her bestest to take darker subjects and give them a sunnier image... In all seriousness, the techniques learned during the summer program will continue to be used for the rest of her life. I want to be an inventor and industrial designer and have not had much exposure to the art world until now. My main goal is to take the many ideas in my head and somehow communicate them to the general public. The reason I chose to take painting and printmaking as my major for this particular college preparatory art program is because I believe that in order for me to learn how to draw and to express my ideas on paper, I need to learn basic skills in order to express my ideas to the general public. My main goal is to take the many ideas in my head and somehow communicate them to the general public. Painting focuses not only on detail, but as well as surroundings within a particular subject or scene. As a result, this is why I have chosen painting and printmaking as my major. JOSEPH MOONEY BRIGANTINE, NJ | PAINTING + PRINTMAKING 27 SEBASTIAN MORA S A N TA C L A R I TA , C A | I L L U S T R AT I O N I was never inspired by any one thing or by any one person. Actually, I donâ€™t know about other artists, but I am only inspired by the thought of creation. To create anything with anything, looking at the smallest detail and bringing that detail and that creation to life. I am not a professional, but it is the only thing I know what to do. Not good at sports, words, math, science. Hate technology, no knowledge of politics or what is going on around me. I have no other interest besides creating something. Page 28 No decisions, I just pick a style, practice the style, and then move on to a different one. Piano, violin, acrylic, oil, watercolors, sketches, sculpting, digital, chalk, erasing, even a drawing on a rug, a drawing out of water or using a rock on the pavement, creating anything I can use to create something. Particular materials I chose are usually anything that I can afford or may use in normal household items. Otherwise my main materials are paper and a pencil, nothing fancy. N ATA L I A M O R O Z O VA S T. P E T E R S B U R G , R U S S I A | PA I N T I N G + P R I N T M A K I N G I came to the University of the Arts to explore new art techniques which are different from Russian traditional techniques which I used to work in. I found the difference striking. I improved my skills in painting and printmaking. Here I studied how to draw not only what I know and see but to work with shapes, contrasts and color, to analyze the object. The Sketchbook course helped me to be more free and creative with ideas and materials. In the pre-college program I also explored a new type of art for meâ€”typography, and now I am thinking about studying in this sphere in the future. But the main reasons why my courses were so useful were the teachers who have worked with me for these four weeks. Thank you so much! 29 L I N D S E Y N O RT O N S O L E B U R Y, PA | F I L M M A K I N G In the beginning of the course, we watched multiple clips of films and short films. One short film that inspired me was Meshes of the Afternoon, directed by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid. It is an experimental film and certain aspects such as the faceless people and seemingly random changing objects inspired me most. I incorporated similar aspects into my own short film. The camera I used to shoot my short film was a Sony NEX10. I tried to use different and creative compositions to keep my film interesting and visually captivating. In class we learned different camera angles such as close ups, wide shots, point of view, over the shoulder shots and others to use throughout each scene. To make an action more visually appealing, we learned match cuts using different camera shots cut quickly to complete the same action. I have learned so much during my time at UArts. Through learning about the cameras, reading scripts, watching films and discussing different techniques, then to be able to go through the complete process of creating our own short films from pre to post-production, gave me a hands-on experience that Iâ€™ve never had before. I feel that from the beginning of the program to the end, my ability to create ideas, shoot and edit footage has grown immensely. In the future, I hope to make more short films using the techniques and knowledge Iâ€™ve learned and gained during this program. Page 30 We are incapable of deciding our first choice when we enter the world. We are born and placed into an unfamiliar compound of people whom we must spend a vast portion of our lives with. I believe in fate as it corresponds with the reason why we unavoidably develop as the characters we are today, as the character I am today. Fate has given me a reason as to why I create art. While growing up, I was exposed to many divisions within my family causing me to live separated from the majority of them. I long to earn the people I have lost and I dream of someday living a different life, one that includes more contact with the ones I have missed; however, this feeling of loneliness and separation has provided me with the ability to create the art that I do. These constant emotions of affliction have helped me find art as a gateway to redemption because it allows me to express myself by pouring out current emotions that I endure. In my art, I seek to create a vision that becomes relatable to both the viewer and myself. I admire the ability to find myself within the depths of art and how it enables me to learn more about myself. Many of my developments engage in a series of intimate moments and many of them have yet to cease from developing as Iâ€™m still exploring different styles and techniques. I desire advancing my pieces with layers of transparency, and I do this by incorporating copious amounts of water with paint. I believe it is much easier to develop a piece of art with slight layers of paint as opposed to applying opaque blotches. N I C O L E O RT E G A MIAMI, FL | PAINTING + PRINTMAKING Inspired by designers James Victore and Stefan Sagmeister, as well as the models Helena Rey and Laura Zalenga, I focused my studies on graphic design, experimental photography, and screen printing, the latter two being subjects that were new experiences for me. My zine consists of my own artwork, as well as collage work that I did using magazine clippings and stray pieces of paper in order to help convey the meanings behind the short story. In the zine, I was able to use my knowledge and studies of text placement and typography to isolate words and sentences, along with calling out other phrases. ...I was able to use my knowledge and studies of text placement and typography to isolate words and sentences... The main focus of my graphic design major studies was on the use of type and image to create my own zine featuring an original short story. Having the mostly self-guided project to create my own zine really helped broaden my studies through research and trial and error. It caused me to think more creatively and push myself at my own pace, as well as learn new techniques and styles in Adobe programs when putting together the zine. ADRIENNE PITCHFORD C L A R K S S U M M I T, PA | G R A P H I C D E S I G N Page 32 SEBASTIAN POWLEY PHILADELPHIA , PA | GRAPHIC DESIGN I have always been a conceptual artist. I want to focus on the hidden idea in art pieces. My work usually has an inner meaning or hidden idea, which often needs an explanation because of its subtlety. My influences come mostly from signs and advertisements. Iâ€™m interested in advertisements because they always encompass an idea. I begin my pieces by drawing simple lines and shapes, until I find an idea that I like. I use a ruler to create borders, thus making the final result structured and clean. Once my design is completed I go over my image with pen, so that I can erase the pencil lines. This creates the clean and organized look that I strive for. During this summer program, I have learned to display ideas in a clean and legible manner. Learning to design information has helped me understand effective advertisements. In the future, I plan to continue using my ideas to put conceptual meaning into my work. Learning to design information has helped me understand effective advertisements. Whether I like or dislike the design, Iâ€™m able to use it as an influence. 33 BEN RENINO C O R T L A N DT M A N O R , N Y | A N I M AT I O N 1. The focus of my artwork is the story or message behind it. Aesthetics are always nice in oneâ€™s artwork, but I believe it is much more important to have a good story than good-looking artwork. I am influenced mostly by my dreams, which are often strange and eccentric, just like my artwork. 2. The decisions I made on my artwork are based off of things that I enjoy most of the time. For example, I use sloths in my artwork because I believe that sloths are the best animals on this planet. 3. My pieces are a huge reflection of my growth of knowledge in art. I have learned many things about animation, figure drawing, and comic book illustration thanks to this program, and I have shown what I have learned in my artwork. Page 34 The work I make now is influenced by many different artists such as Jenny Saville, Albert Bierstadt, and Kiki Smith. I have incorporated my painting styles and use of color from that of Saville, use of animal and figure from Smith, and a love for landscape and nature from Bierstadt. In printmaking and screen printing I have applied a similar theme as Kiki Smithâ€™s pieces involving human and animal interaction. Throughout the course of these four weeks, I have been exposed to new media and techniques and used new subject matter, all the while learning new and improving old techniques. Learning to oil paint and throw clay on the wheel has broadened my knowledge in the art realm and allowed piece ideas to flourish though new media. I have pursued a living body of work of humans and animals. Although my materials and surfaces have been limited, through theme and style I have pursued a living body of work of humans and animals. T H E R E S A R YA N PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL | PAINTING + PRINTMAKING 35 A S H LY N S A N C H E Z N E W H A L L , C A | I L L U S T R AT I O N I love creating artwork that tells a story. I have been designing and creating characters for quite some time, and being able to draw what I see in my mindâ€™s eye is very important to me. Most of my drawings are created with pencil and ink on paper, and some progress to digital rendering. I love drawing very bold lines with the ink, because it gives the image a sense of depth and emotion. The different prompts in my illustration classes, as well as the substantial artistic freedom, really helped me shape how my pieces appear as a final product. I love drawing very bold lines with the ink, because it gives the image a sense of depth and emotion. I am constantly inspired by the world around me, and the worlds created by others in books and comics. My work focuses mainly on figures and settings inspired by the fantastical or the supernatural. I love experimenting with warmer colors and heavy amounts of linework, and Iâ€™m inspired by illustrative comic artists such as Ryan Andrews and Kate Beaton who utilize their lines to create texture and movement. Many of my drawings are a mix of different media, most often sketched with regular pencils, inked using a variety of tech pens, and colored or toned digitally. I wanted to use these pieces as a means to experiment with color and composition. I wanted to use these pieces as a means to experiment with color and composition. Studying the figure and drawing from life has really helped me to communicate emotion and body language in my illustrations. Iâ€™d really like to continue to concentrate on learning more about the body and utilize this knowledge in the future to better my technical artistic skill. GREER SANDERS C H E S T E R , VA | I L L U S T R AT I O N 37 The focus of my film is concentrating on letting the story unfold naturally through visual images. My inspiration stems from the different interactions and relationships Iâ€™ve shared with people in my life. The metaphor of the blinds really stuck out to me because it was a very visual way to represent a disagreement between two people. This example, as well as ones shown later in the film, illustrate the beauty and irritations of roommates and friends. My piece is a reflection of artistic growth both creatively and technically. I became better at thinking creatively in order to write a script, and I became familiar with the equipment and programs used to make and edit my film. My inspiration stems from the different interactions and relationships Iâ€™ve shared with people in my life. ARIELLE SHAPIRO AVON LAKE, OH | FILMMAKING Page 38 My experience writing character studies in particular has allowed me to approach filmmaking from a very human place. ...I’ve found that recurring themes connect my work across the two media... My work in film has been largely influenced by my passion for creative writing. I’ve found that recurring themes connect my work across the two media. Writing is my most direct outlet. Therefore, my exploration of many concepts is presented in Moonchasers—time, growth, internal struggle—originated in my own works of prose. Though my work includes some surreal aspects, it is rooted in reality. My film is not driven by its plot, but rather by its characters, just as life is determined by the people who live it. I designed the placement and composition of the shots to achieve a candid, “real” tone. I’ve worked on films before, but never in a professional environment. From pre to post-production, the UArts summer program taught me the tricks I’d been missing and put a name to the ones I’d discovered for myself. H A N N A H S I LV E R M A N ELKINS PARK, PA | FILMMAKING Modern/obsolete technologies alongside with human interaction/perception are typical themes I attempt to present in my work. I’m stimulated by the concepts of human instinct, bleak online chat rooms, grainy surveillance footage, shattered iPhones, poverty, and neglected webpages (c. ‘96-’02). An unsettling sense of vagueness links these topics, driving me to form a fitting narrative. Deconstructing and applying my set of themes to a particular project is my first priority. A restricted set of colors are determined to compliment my desired tone. The computer is a dynamic tool of manipulation. The use of scanned, hand-assorted items act as a reference to my notion of an ambiguous digital human touch. The work I’ve completed this summer has challenged me to use a visual aesthetic The work I’ve completed this summer has challenged me to use a visual aesthetic in areas I’ve avoided before... in areas I’ve avoided before, forcing accessibility. A constant urban environment has refined my understanding of the damaged human state, a useful sense to apply in my future work. SPENCER SIMONE FLANDERS, NJ GRAPHIC DESIGN My work has always been focused on the figure and the creation of characters. The work I make now was inspired by my motherâ€™s art. My mother inspired me to step out of my comfort zone. She encouraged me to lay down my pencil and take on the challenge of exploring new surfaces and materials. My gesture drawings are pencil on paper and my still lifes are charcoal on paper. In this program my main focus was to learn as much as I could about as many materials, techniques, and surfaces as possible. This lead me to create sets of linoleum and dry-point prints on Stonehenge paper as well as several oil paintings on heavy watercolor paper. Live models in general were new to me, and here I was able to have them in my Painting class as well as my Drawing class. I feel that this experience has developed my understanding of the figure. I believe this month at UArts has helped me grow as an artist and as a person. CAMILA VELA SANTIAGO, CHILE PAINTING + PRINTMAKING 41 Pen and ink became my main focus after taking a class in high school. I found myself not particularly skilled in hatching and cross-hatching techniques, but saw the beauty that other artists were able to create using the series of confusing lines. I began to practice with the style and now find that I love to work with the sophistication and detail contained within works of pen and ink. I usually experiment with marker for pieces containing vibrant color. I admire the many effects that a trio of Prisma Color markers are able to create on a blank sheet of paper. I am also new to digital concepts, such as Photoshop and Illustrator but find myself growing more as an artist every time a project is completed using those professional programs. My artwork is fueled by many different styles, ideas and art types. Artwork and stories produced by companies such as Disney and Dreamworks inspired me at a very young age to draw what I saw and loved on the screen, eventually leading me to create my own stories and characters. Now, through years of self-teaching, professional teaching, a genuine love of art, and curiosity, I tend to experiment with many different art media. Most of my recent work has been done with digital concepts, marker and pen and ink. My pieces challenged my thought process and skills most of all. They are an exact result of hard creative work combined with a struggle to learn new concepts such as perspective, figure and lighting. This program has benefited me in countless ways. I saw an immediate improvement in my drawing within the first week of classes. The talent and knowledge that I have been surrounded with this summer has done nothing less than enhance my innate artistic drive and encourage me to pursue my dreams for the future. 42 V E R O N I C A V E R R AT I R I D L E Y PA R K , PA | I L L U S T R AT I O N I am generally impacted by the relationship between fashion and culture. By understanding this, I find most of my creative inspiration. I have a great appreciation for contemporary art, specifically the work of Helen Chadwick and Eva Hesse. Pencil, pen and paper are basic media I am currently comfortable with. However, I am also experimenting with the process of converting hand-drawn images digitally. Utilizing computer programs has greatly extended the creative ideas I can apply to my process. By participating in this program I have experienced an environment that has been generally beneficial as a student. I am generally impacted by the relationship between fashion and culture. In the graphic design classes I have learned to be more flexible as a designer and create work that is visually pleasing to a range of people. GRACE VOLINSKY WINCHESTER, VA | GRAPHIC DESIGN The works I’ve composed here have all been extensions of my enjoyment and curiosity. The pieces I’ve made through printmaking embody my young mind, while my paintings show growth and steps outside of my comfort zone. The particular designs I made imitated a foreign subject like that of Courage the Cowardly Dog. Growing up I loved that show and watched it with my brother who no longer lives with me. So this piece of art made me happy to be able to connect to that part of my childhood. In Painting, My photography shows my love for things seen but not noticed. My photography shows my love for things seen but not noticed. In all three of these classes I’ve learned to love the process and to build ideas from nothing to something, as well as great ideas to even greater ideas through letting my artistic development breathe and to not over stress. Printmaking helped me express my love for character making. Not actual humanoid characters but characters similar to those you see on stickers around Philadelphia. the teacher pushed me to experiment and not to be afraid of a medium I’ve never used. In Photography I learned the process of developing black and white pictures and how a little mistake could ruin the entire process. All in all these classes enabled an open eye for beauty and dedication towards hard work. My inspiration came from the open-minded teachers and from past experiences that bring me. I appreciate the opportunity to have you read this and see what I’ve tried to interpret through art making. C H R I S T I A N WA L K E R PHILADELPHIA , PA PAINTING + PRINTMAKING Page 44 JABRIEL WILLIAMS PHILADELPHIA , PA | GRAPHIC DESIGN My artwork expresses my determination. You will see the process, hard work, and effort I put into my work. My family has always been hard workers. I believe working hard is the first step to success. My family supports my determination to create creative artwork. I looked for many photos and drew out my plans for my designs. I used my sketch pad and tracing paper and most of my artwork was scanned. I approached my artwork in multiple ways. This experience made me think outside the box. I need to become more confident and the more I believe in myself the stronger I will become. This class has taught me more than basics and enhanced my skills and thinking process. You will see the process, hard work, and effort I put into my work. 45 WINNIE ZHANG M I A M I , F L | I L L U S T R AT I O N The focus of my artwork is the ability to tell a story. Since I was a kid, my mind has always followed the very complicated path of “how can I make something interesting enough for people to want to understand?” Because of this realization, I have been seeking different ways to express a narrative. In this search, I discovered and was inspired by the works of animator Hayao Miyazaki and comic artist David Mack. My illustrations are ink over pencil on regular sketchbook paper and colored in Photoshop. Each piece revolves around the idea that “story is everything” depicting an inner conflict or a personal issue. I want to use these pieces to tell stories using everything but words. Page 46 The overwhelming amount of exposure to the world of illustrators and comic artists by my instructors and classmates has opened my mind to all the different combinations of style and composition that can be used to compose a story. This experience has left me scrambling to test out each and every one within my reach, and I hope I will be able to continue this exploration of storytelling in the future. Each piece revolves around the idea that “story is everything” depicting an inner conflict or a personal issue. 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