ART2602C introduction to digital studio—spring 2019.

meets: 08:00 - 10:40, mondays & wednesdays
bldg/rm: 82/264

instructor: thomas asmuth
office: 0082 / 0267
email: tasmuth /at/ u w f . e d u
phone: (850) 474 - 2998

Welcome to introduction to digital studio for the Spring 2019 semester.

This course will explore the many fundamental concepts and methods of Digital Media. It will provide an introduction to photo-editing software, time-based media, 3D applications and web design techniques and the theory found in new media. We will explore both conceptually and technically what it means to manipulate and create digitally. The course is a series of projects and workshops that moves to a new creative production method/software every few weeks.

office hours*
mondays: 13:30 - 15:30
tuesdays: 09:00 - 10:00
fridays: (online/email, 09:00 - 10:30
*Subject to change, please check here often.

regular lab hours (held in the adv. / fab. labs):
*lab schedules will expand to address project time requirements

Concrete meets bricks Light, white and tight scandinavian design White walls with designer chairs
Windows for the atrium Bedroom and office in one space Scandinavian design


link to syllabus


week one

begins Jan. 07

  • Monday
    • syllabi, setup
    • intro to Ps, Photoediting seminar
    • Ps basics selections and layers
    • what is a digital image
  • HW:
    • read Introduction Chapter of New Media Art PDF by Mark Tribe, be prepared to discuss on Wed. with small peer groups and class
    • buy hard drive and if you wish print copy of New Media Art (Tribe and Jana)
    • start playing with Ps
  • Wednesday
    • native files types, resolution, print vs. screen/on line images
    • Images and Resolution resolution for working, print resolution, web resolution
    • resolution, resampling (changing the resolution)
    • discussion groups - NMA reading
    • Intro to first project
    • if time allows: Ps basics selections again, pixel editing (heal brush, etc.), color corrections, filters
  • HW:
    • set blog and and drive folder (if you haven't done so yet) directions on the class projects page
    • get a portable drive, you will be graded, see syllabus for details
    • Watch Compositing Videos Compositing One    Compositing Two  Compositing Tres  Compositing Four
    • Post an image library (see details Project 01 in the Process section).
    • Read the New Media Art wikipedia entry and Introduction Chapter of New Media Art PDF by Mark Tribe. Respond to the reading (see details) Write a 500 word essay in response to the readings. Respond to this prompt: How is New Media both inclusive and exclusive of the traditional media?
  • additional information this week

week two

begins Jan. 14

  • Monday
    • Revisit Project 01 prompt
    • PS Demos
    • Exporting the correct file type, saving the correct format for the purpose
    • Studio Time
  • Wednesday
    • Time to ask questions about first project, work one on one with instructor
    • work on project in Studio
    • printing may be started
  • HW:
    • Use Ps to resample your library images to 200px high jpgs at 72ppi. Make a post on your blog with these smaller images on blog and a written statement. (See Project 01 for details).
    • Work on Project 01. Blog Post of rough drafts due Jan. 21. See Work Phase.
    • Read MoMA article: How to Make a Dadaist Poem (method of Tristan Tzara) (prepare for discussion/activity next week)
  • information

week three

note: campus is closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 to observe MLK Jr holiday

begins Jan. 21

week four

begins Jan. 28

  • Monday
    • Final documents will be due first thing Wednesday morning, you will be graded on these
    • Animations using Photoshop, demo animation technique
    • Not likely but if time allows, Studio Time or presentation work time for groups
  • Wednesday
    • bleed trimming, and hanging/hinge taping demo
    • Animations cont. export .gif settings
    • Introduction to the, art module:
    • terribly brief history of the internetz
    • Brackets code IDE
    • basic HTML page demo
  • HW:

week five

begins Feb. 04

  • Monday
    • Introduction to the, web art module
    • terribly brief history of the internetz
  • Wednesday
    • Critique
    • root/directory structure, organization, homework
  • HW:
    • Do the word/phrase/paragraph creation.Put into the netart_research folder. See project for details
    • do the image library related to the project Research phase. Put into the netart_research folder. See project for details
    • Make a web page that includes a minimum of 5 animations. You can use the ones you already created or you can make some new ones as well. Save the HTML file in your root and make sure you put all the assets (a copy of the animations) in the root folder also. Watch for an email of a video to explain this step.
    • Upload a "copy" of your root folder with website stuff to date to a 'week05_web' folder in your drive.
    • if you haven't already read/do first section of w3schools HTML5 (before Forms)
    • Dig through the Rhizome Net Anthology ( ), Read about/explore/view at least 4 projects from CHAPTER 1: 1984-1998
    • Write a blog post discussing what you have viewed on the Rhizome Net Anthology. What characteristics do you see? What elements of design can you recognize in the 'new media' ; )

week six

begins Feb. 11

  • Monday
    • Review Project Prompt - ask me anything (about the project)
    • root/directory structure, organization
    • add images to the HTML page
    • storyboards
  • Wednesday
    • CSS
    • FTP, URI's, Index, paths on the Internet
    • that most special page - the INDEX
  • HW:

week seven

begins Feb. 18

  • Monday
    • Review FTP
    • More CSS (internal, external, ids, classes)
    • HTML Media
    • using Javascript libraries (add some sounds!)
    • Studio time to work on project
    • One on one appointments with Instructor available
    • Draft project due Friday ,Feb. 22 12 Noon. Upload to the web folder and link URI to blog.
  • Wednesday
    • Lecture on electronics, tools to prep for lab on Monday's Electronics Seminar Lab
    • NMA Presentations
  • HW:
  • Please note What: A meeting on the changes to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) specializations in Studio Art and Digital Art in Fall 2019. 
    When: February 28th at 5 PM.
    Where: Main Stage Theater (Building 82)

week eight

begins Feb. 25

  • Monday
    • Electronics Workshop make the circuit for the CAD/electronics project
    • project final URI's due next class. Due by Feb. 27, 8AM
  • Wednesday
    • Intro to CAD/modeling/CAM
    • Intro to TinkerCad
    • Studio Time
  • HW:
  • Please note
    What: A meeting on the changes to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) specializations in Studio Art and Digital Art in Fall 2019. 
    When: February 28th at 5 PM.
    Where: Main Stage Theater (Building 82)

week nine

begins Mar. 04

  • Monday
    • Critique on select projects
    • Modeling tutorials
  • Wednesday
    • Introduction to CAD, CAM
    • TinkerCAD
  • HW:
    • Work on model. The file due date is being extended, .
    • Work on research question, get some rough ideas about what you will look at on the UWF cmapus/landscape. Make a blog post.
    • Read Write one paragraph that explores ideas within the article; post this response on the blog


March 11 to 15

week ten

begins Mar. 18

  • Monday - MEET AT LIBRARY!!!, Library Research Seminar and Lecture on Fieldwork presentation.
    • HW:
    • Work on model
    • Work on research question
    • Extra credit for submitting model files for printing before Monday, March 25 at 8 AM
    • Deadline Model is due at beginning of class on Wednesday, March 27 at 8 AM so it can be printed
  • Wednesday
    • Meet instructor to discuss Final project planning, appointments to be scheduled
    • Modeling tutorials/Studio Time if time allows
  • HW:
    • Work on Final Project presentation 7,7 (Seven Words, Seven Graphics) due week 12.


week eleven

begins Mar. 25

  • Monday
    • Meet instructor to discuss Final project planning - appointments to be scheduled
    • Studio Day for Research Based Practice (Final) Project
    • Electronics lab
  • HW:
    • Work on Final Project presentation 7,7 (Seven Words, Seven Graphics) due next class
    • Finish 3D Model and electronics project (modeling/electronics critique is Wednesday 4/10)
  • Wednesday
    • Model is due at beginning of class so it can be printed
    • Studio Day for Research Based Practice (Final) Project. Appointments available with Instructor
  • HW:
    • Work on Final Project
    • finish research/literature reading this weekend
    • Finish 3D Model and electronics project (modeling/electronics critique is Wednesday 4/10)

week twelve

begins Apr. 01

  • Monday
    • Pickup your 3D Print (modeling/electronics critique is Wednesday 4/10)
    • Review of Final Project plan (Seven Words, Seven Graphics)- 5 minute presentation if needed
    • seminar on extra credit assignment

  • Wednesday
    • Studio Time after

  • HW:
    • Work on Final Project - should be starting your fieldwork this week. Critique on week of 4/29.
    • Make appointment to meet with Thomas next week

week thirteen

begins Apr. 08

  • Critique on Modeling/electronics project on April 10
  • Open Studio for Research Based Practice (Final) Project
  • HW:
    • Work on Research Based Practice (Final) Project. Critique week of 4/29.

week fourteen

begins Apr. 15

  • both days
    • Open Studio for Research Based Practice (Final) Project
    • Meet with Instructor for progress report (required)
  • HW:
    • Work on Research Based Practice (Final) Project. Critique week of 4/29.

week fifteen

begins Apr. 22

  • Both days
    • Open Studio for Research Based Practice (Final) Project
    • Appointments to meet with Instructor available
  • HW:
    • Finish Research Based Practice (Final) Project. Critique next week.
    • Extra Credit portfolio due by Friday 12noon
    • Project Resubmissions of projects due by Friday 12noon

Final Critiques Monday and Wednesday - 4/29 and 5/1

project and assignment details.

This section will track our goals and work to the calendar. As instructor, I reserve the right to make adjustments to the calendar to improve our experience this term. Any changes will be communicated during class and posted here within. You will get reviews throughout the semester for successful completion of homework, assignments, critique participation, etc. These points are tracked through out the semester. If you have a question about your standing on these points, please make an office appointment.

participation 35 pt.

The following participation assignments and tasks are weighted to total up to 35% of the overall grade.

setup blog (one-time assignment)

Students will maintain a blog as a sketchbook and public portfolio for the work.

  • Make a new blog, independent of previous courses or any concurrent courses.
  • Login to your UWF mail account, navigate to the BLOGGER link, and start a blog exclusively for the materials in this course.
  • You may name the blog whatever you wish
  • you must use the Simple Template (you may customize colors, backgrounds, etc.)
  • email the link to the instructor
  • example:

set up Google Drive shared folder(one-time assignment)

This semester I would like you to turn in certain materials using Google Drive. You will log-in to your account and set up a shared folder with me.

  • Create a new shared folder in Google Drive.
  • Name with these conventions: lastnamefirstinitial _2602_sp19
    e.g. Joe Smith will make a folder named smithj_2602_sp19
  • Share this folder with instructor., please set to my permissions to 'can edit'
  • Use the message option to notify instructor that the folder is up.
  • Still confused on how to share? See this video

reading responses, short response essays(recurring)

Throughout the semester you will be assigned to read and then write response essays from 300 to 1000 words (referred to as Read and Respond). Learning to communicate effectively and fluently are key skills in Arts Professions; writing statements, applications, critiques, project proposals, etc. are all examples of this skill that you will need during your career.

  • Reading Response: Write a 300 to 1000 word response to the materials assigned for reading. You may quote from the article. Quotes are to be attributed in footnote form and will not to be counted toward word count. Identify and analyze key issues in the text. Students who simply summarize the reading will not receive credit for the entry.
  • Other writings will be assigned which could include critical essays, reviews, project proposals, etc. Details will be announced in the calendar.

Academic Honesty: all compositions are to be works of original authorship with proper attribution. Students who simply summarize the reading or present texts from other authors will not receive credit for the entry; and such works are likely to be plagiarism. Plagiarism will be dealt with according to University policies and can lead to Expulsion per UWF conduct regulations . If you need guidance/education on proper academic techniques, please contact your instructor for a referral to the Writing Lab.

reflection posts on blog (recurring)

This is a blog post discussing your work and learning. I am looking for a substantive response in which you reflect on the ideas and technologies I have introduced over the past week or couple of weeks. Treat it like a journal entry. Here are a few ideas, but make up your own also: What skills have you picked up? What ideas do you have for new artwork? What do you think you will do with HTML?

attendance at critiques (recurring)

Mandatory. Please see syllabus or email me for an appointment if this is unavoidable.

posting files as requested (recurring)

You will be making posts in a blog and uploading files to your shared Google Drive folder. You will be graded on the details and performance to follow instructions. Failure to follow the directions can result in a reduced or zero grade. The list of important details includes but is not limited to: deadlines, correct format (file type, size, resolution, etc.), failure to make separate posts, posting to the incorrect platform (Drive vs. Blog), etc.

group presentation 5pt.

Students will be assigned to small study groups to lead a presentation on one of the major themes outline in New Media Art text.

Work groups will make a ten (10) minute in-class presentation on one of the seven core themes defined in New Media Art(Tribe and Jana): Collaboration and Participation, From Appropriation to Open Source, Corporate Parody, Hackers and Hacktivism, Interventions, Identity, and Telepresence and Surveillance. Themes will be assigned after the reading discussion on the introduction to New Media Art.

Each student of the group is required to participate publicly on the chosen theme. In addition the team as a whole will introduce the class to at least one related work or project that is not cataloged in New Media Art. The presentation of each work should include the name, distinctive features of the TENDENCY, a work or two example, and significance of the tendency.

Prepare 5 presentation slides with information and links as a Power Point or Google Slides document. You must include examples from the Tribe and Jana text. The presentation may include links to media (video/audio) and artist websites Limit any examples to two minutes of time-based media as an example. Put a copy of the presentation and files into a folder with the theme of your presentation and drop this folder into your Google Drive (every group member). Please email a link to your instructor before class starts on presentation day.

Project Goals

  • Encourage a peer review and learning
  • Articulate a style new media practice
  • Experience in being the leader



Formal Project 1 Digital Collage (Human, Hybrid, & Machine) 15pts.

tldr; version: Make a triptych of digital imaging collage from found materials that technically and conceptually answers the prompt.

Project Goals and Overview

Use Photoshop (or other photo-editing tools) to create a digital collage triptych that addresses the prompt: "Human And Machine". Each digital collage will be composed of found imagery from Internet sources. The work will be presented as three digital full bleed prints. One print will be devoted to Human, one to Machine, and the middle collage will address the idea of a 'hybrid of human and machine'.

Learning Outcomes

  • introduce non-destructive editing software and emulation software
  • experience in compositing - layers, masks, selections, color adjustments
  • introduction to critical and conceptual art practice (not just creating 'sick' images)
  • experience in iterative design methodology
  • experience with presentation methods


Research Phase
Spend time on the Internet researching the topic. Students should spend time looking at visual references and reading about the topic prompt. Students should document all visual references and readings by keeping a URI list of the assets.

Download at least five (5) high-resolution images with an intention for each part of the triptych (no less than 15 images total) to create a library. You are welcome to select as many source images as you want.

Create a new folder inside the shared Google Drive folder you created for the class. This folder will be a source library for your collage triptych. Name the folder 'human_machine_hybrid_library'.

Resample library images to 200px high jpgs at 72ppi. Make a post on your blog with these smaller images on blog and a written statement. In the statement, write an analysis of why (describe the reason these images were selected) you chose these images to work from. Keep it to 300 - 500 words. Include the URI list of your assets at the end of the post.

Work phase
Create three canvas/workspaces/artboards. Make these spaces 11 by 17 inches at 300ppi, RGB-8 color space. The artist may decide to work in either portrait or landscape orientation.

Use a non-destructive photo-editing tool like Photoshop to select portions of images in your source library and place into a composition for the triptych. Use resampling, masking, layers, refinement tools, color adjustment, etc. to create a composition that supports your ideas about the topic. In the process, the artist should feel free to change or add source images in order to refine the composition with the concepts they are using.

Rough drafts due at beginning of third week. This is a worth a substantial amount on your participation grade. Export PNGS of the three canvases with longest dimension set at1500px. Post these PNG to the blog for instructor review. Worth a significant number of points on your Participation grade.

Printing and preparing for the presentation phase
Create a folder named 'human-and-machine-prints' inside your shared folder. Save final image compositions as Photoshop documents to your Drive. Files must be uploaded before deadline. We cannot guarantee the files will be printed if they are late to 'printer deadline'. Printing will be done by the instructor or a Print Lab Technician. Art2602C students are not allowed to operate printers unattended. The instructor will provide information on paper and ink profiles.

Final images should be bleed printed in color at 11 x 17 inches 300 dpi, trimmed and ready to display. Students should print an additional copy if they want a copy for their personal collection.

DO NOT delete your digital file – you will need it later in the semester! Students should package their final Photoshop files, and upload the packaged folder to the Google drive folder they created titled 'human-and-machine-prints' With each assignment, students should provide a 1-2 paragraph statement describing both their conceptual and technical process of making the piece. Please submit the writing in your blog as a post. Please make a high-quality jpg of each of your works and include in this post.

Formal Project 2 HTML Studies ( 15pts.

Students will compose a work of non-linear that will be hosted on the university web servers.

  • Rough Draft Deadline: Feb 18, 2019
  • Final Project: March 2, 2019 (final workwill be submitted online, in class critique)
  • Formal Critique: Week 09 of semester

Project Learning Outcomes: After completing this project students will be able to:

  • create a work using HTML, CSS, and javascript;
  • use research to create flowcharts and low-res prototypes to develop a concept; and
  • apply critical thinking to create a non-linear piece that creates an engaging artistic experience.

Project Overview: For this project, you will create a work that experiments with non-linear narrative phenomena found in hypermedia. Consider how you can utilize the linking and branching structure of the web browsing user experience to create an interesting and engaging artistic experience. You may explore any subject matter you desire through the approach of a narrative.

Narrative: “A narrative is some kind of retelling, often in words, of something that happened (a story). The narrative is not the story itself but rather the telling of the story. While a story just is a sequence of events, a narrative recounts those events in any way the author desires, perhaps leaving some occurrences out because they are from some perspective insignificant, and perhaps emphasizing others. In a series of events, a car crash takes a split second. A narrative account of this split second crash, however, could be hundreds of pages long and might be almost entirely about the crash itself or could include the events leading up to it or directly following it.”

Philosophy & references: In an apocryphal story the term '' was discovered by Vuk Ćosić in a garbled email. He immediately considered this a good fortune because it appeared that the system automatically described the new form artists were beginning to explore in network technologies. describes a series of art practices specifically designed for execution and native residence on the Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). When we describe, design, or view, take special care not to conflate other aspects of cultural productions with the particular intention to leverage the network. This is not art on the Internet, this is art from/using/manifest on the network. This is Web Art not Art on the Web.


Technical, Conceptual, and Artistic Goals

Your goal for this project is to engage in early aspects of the form as a non-linear narrative. You will be responsible for designing and executing an artwork completely composed in HTML (and related media) and to be publicly distributed as part of the web.

Using your knowledge of HTML and CSS, utilize the graphic design and painterly nature of the browser to make imagery from computer graphics, text, etc. Work with the non-linear hypertext syntaxes of the web as an artist. Use linking, embedding, etc. to create paths through the work to create a series of linked HTML pages that take the viewer throughout the experience. It must contain a non-linear method (there must be more than one path through the project). It must:

  • Provide a unique networked experience for the user that differs greatly from what is commonly encountered during daily web-browsing experiences. We are making art. NOT art on the net!

  • Each project must have a minimum of 20 separate HTML pages to compose the work.
  • No broken links; the project must load reasonably quickly on the school's network.
  • The work should not break the 'suspension of disbelief' (The term suspension of disbelief has been defined as a willingness to suspend one's critical faculties and believe something surreal; the sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment.)
  • The project must act cohesively as an artwork, must communicate the narrative.
  • The project must incorporate sound at least one time in the project
  • You will also write a brief artist statement (250-500 words) about your concept. Please make this as an HTML page to be included in your website and linked to the project.
  • Must be uploaded to the web server. We will use the I Drive, Students are allocated 2 Gb distributed between your H and I Drives. We will use this limitation as a design constraint.
  • NO CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE styles, be more creative ( I am serious; I will deduct a large amount of points)
  • Options:
    • Can be as abstract or representational as the work needs to be.
    • Can exceed the 20-page minimum.
    • Can utilize video.

NOTES: The technology employed can be simple; the crux of this project is the sophisticated, aesthetic and conceptual decisions evidenced by your artistic choices.

You will need to be very careful about the files you produce. Save them to the appropriate sizes and nothing extra in the directory Contact instructor immediately if you are using this space for any other course.

Some things to consider about Narrative and Hypermedia:
  • Time: A narrative is typically based on time; things happen in a particular order; there is a beginning, middle, and end to a story. How can the branching, looping, dynamic nature of hypermedia complicate the notion of time in a narrative context? Authorship: Narratives are generally told from a particular point of view. Think about who/what your author’s voice will be. Will it be a particular person? Several people? An inanimate object? Does it use words or sounds or video to speak? Does it change over time? Does it lie? Can the reader trust what they're reading? Appropriation: Everything on the web can be taken and remixed into something new. For example, you could juxtapose news stories, or weave them into an (in)coherent retelling. You could layer seemingly unrelated songs on top of GIFs to construct new implied narratives.

Process: Brainstorming/research

  • MORE TBA/MORE IN CLASS - based off of Tzara, Burroughs, Cage, Brecht, and Chance Operations. See this:
  • Use the process of cut-ups/chance talked about in class: Use the random watchout4snakes word generator or other system to create a series of terms (at least twenty). Make multiple entries of groups of each of these categories: adverb-verbs, adjective-nouns, phrases, and random paragraphs. Record these in a text document to consult as you work. You will need at least 20 different entries but I suggest you make 2 times that. Put together a folder in your Drive named netart_research; insert this document.
  • After you have generated the terms/word groups, do some image research and collection based on each term/group, thinking about type and color, images, and other media that evoke those ideas. At the same time, create a text document that records the addressed/attributions of each for citation purposes. Please include a citation to yourself for any animation or other image type you create in this list. Add these images and the citation text to the folder named netart_research.
  • Create a flow diagram using lucidchart or other digital tool of how the pages will link. Determine what you are trying to say with your selections/random generations. Remember that a good artist is a good editor and will make decisions based on the random generations. the generator should not be the sole determining factor in the arrangement.
  • Post to your blog. You will make a post that includes a link to each: the word groups document, the image library research that matches the word groups, the image attribution link, and the flow diagramming in this post. Note: this step should be comprehensive, but is subject to change/editing as you continue through the process.

HTML Production

  • Once you are satisfied with the outline of your narrative, begin writing your HTML. Write the HTML structure of the site first, and style it with CSS afterward. Test your pages as you go. Reminder: how to link HTML files to each other: Add images / video / audio to complete your narrative. Test as you go. Test your pages; troubleshoot. Upload files and folder structure to the server. Test and troubleshoot using the public web address.

Rough Draft:

  • Keep working on your pages, linking the story parts to each other (make sure all links function). On the rough draft due date (see calendar), you should have your brainstorming, written narrative, and sketches available for review, in addition to your HTML pages.
  • Your project should be at least 50% complete. Work on a brief artist statement (250-500 words) to explain your project and concept.
  • The Statement and a bibliography should be added as an extra HTML page to your project.

Due for Final Submission/Deliverables

  • one additional HTML page linked with a brief artist statement. At the end of the statement include a bibliography of links and titles.
  • Upload a mirror copy of your Project 02 to the Google drive folder. Name the folder with this convention: yourLastName_firstInitial_project02
  • a fully functional work posted on a http server (with a minimum of 20 linked HTML pages, directories, files, assets, etc. uploaded to FTP. )
  • Post a link to YOUR website URI on your blog.
  • You will be sending your link to other students, they will critically introduce the work to the class during critique (this will be assigned by the instructor). Form and List

project 03 CAD and electronics workshops

Students will be introduced to working with 3D Modeling and CAD as an artist.

This project is made up from the results from two short workshops to be held in class. (1) learning some basics of modeling to make a 3D print and (2) fabricating a small electronics kit to be embedded within the 3D form.

OVERALL: There is no specific conceptual prompt for workshop 1 or 2 . The completed project will be a 3D form in clear plastic with a small electornic device that reacts to the ambient light. When the surround light dims, the device lights up. Less light - brighter electronics kit. The from that a student models will thus glow more brightly when the room dims.


Part one:
Attend the electronics lecture and workshop. You will build a copy of the kit for your project. Store this carefully you will need it for the final presentation.

Part two:
Use TinkerCAD to model a housing for your electronics kit. You will need to create an Autodesk account to use the web-based CAD site: TinkerCAD. Practice with the tool and then decide on a form to model.

Make a base for the project.
The base will be this outside dimension: no less than 40mm (w) X 60mm (l) x 35mm (h) nolarger than 60x60x40mm
The base must have a hole at least this size underneath: no less than 34mm (w) X 54mm (l) x 30mm (h)

Make a passage for your sensor. Every model must have a port for the sensor on the electronic kit. The port must allow the sensor to face up to face the ambient light of the room.

Students will submit a file to be fabricated by 3D printer. Pickup the finished Print and clip off supports and sand/finish the form before the critique


One printed 3D model in clear resin. The model must have a base per directions. The electronics kit must be working and inserted into the 3D form per directions.


Fieldwork and Research Based Practice 15pts.

Map/infographic of Himalayan bio-geography by von HumboldtDrawing by Ramon Cajal


Research is a fundamental component in many professions including art and design. There are as many examples of scientists who have worked back and forth using the techniques from the field of art. Observations, notes, drawings, etc. are all examples of methods which cross these disciplinary boundaries. In the 21st Century, Research practices have become a fundamental part of Art practices as people investigate interdisciplinary connections

“Arts-related research developed through the relationships early artists/researchers had with their own creative processes, and their beliefs that letting research and creativity unfold together would cause both art and research to emerge as outcomes.” (A Practical Guide to Arts-related Research

Historical art-science interdisciplinary work:

Ernst Haeckel

Alexander von Humboldt “The last man who knew everything”,_Geographie_der_Pflanzen_in_den_Tropen-L%C3%A4ndern,_mosaicked.JPG

“Axon of Purkinje neurons in the cerebellum of a drowned man,” an ink and pencil drawing. Credit Cajal Institute, Madrid

The father of neuroscience, Santiago Ramón y Cajal's drawings are an excellent example of how art crosses into science.

“Retina of the lizard,” 1911.Credit Cajal Institute, Madrid

Our final project is an investigation into a topic relating to UWF, and the art inspired and directed by those investigations. The students may propose any kind of output that they have access and means to execute, but are encouraged to use the processes and media learned in class to further develop mastery.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this projects student will:

  • develop their critical and artistic practice;
  • learn the value of research as it applies to artistic development;
  • develop skill sets for both breadth and depth, and acuity of craft in the creation of their work;
  • become versed across aesthetic domains and media while simultaneously developing conceptual, historical, theoretical, social/cultural and critical competencies.


The final project of the semester is an investigation of the grounds (landscape) of UWF. The students will do primary research in their area of interest which will include fieldwork to collect data/information/samples/etc. and then construct an artwork to be presented at the final critique. The research can be conducted on any UWF property and about any aspect of natural, man-made, anthropological, etc. subject as long as it ties back directly to UWF.

Every student will make a proposal in writing to be reviewed in class. These proposals will be made as a blog/discussion post, uploaded as a pdf the Project 4 Google Drive folder, and presented in class. Proposals MUST be approved by instructor (during week 10) unapproved proposals will not be accepted for the final grade.

Requirements for your proposal (NOTE: these are NOT suggestions):

  • a statement of the area of interest, thesis statement, and introduction
  • a list of at least six (6) primary research sources (e.g. people interviewed news articles. journals, artist inspirations, librarian assisted resources). Students must catalog their resources using Modern Lang Assoc. (MLA) citation methodology. This means you MUST cite all your resources.
  • Locations to conduct fieldwork
  • A list of no less than 4 kinds of information/sample collections/data you will gather in the field
  • A proposed statement of the type of final project/product you will design and create
  • A description of the planned outcome (what will it look like), including materials, size, and any other formal elements of the project


Week 10 -

  • Reading (and Research) Response Develop a written response that summarizes the  Library Research Seminar and how the information will aid you in your research. Add reflections that describe the lessons within the Edge Effects essay. 
    One more step: Develop 3 questions/statements that could be the basis of your research based final project.
  • Schedule a time to meet with the instructor during week 11 to review the final project plan.

Week 11

  • Meet with instructor
  • Presentation/review of the plan (seven words/seven graphics).  You will develop distillation of your idea and procedure into 7 words. You will present these with seven images as a slideshow. (Use Google Slides, set to 16:9 widescreen) Develop seven images that describe the topic, research methods, and outcomes. The images can be diagrams, collages, single images, etc. Add a single word on each image boldly enough that we can read it easily.

Week 12- Presentation of your research plan to class (seven words/seven graphics)

Week 15 - Final Project 4 due.

Week 16 - Review and Critique

student blogs.

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