Cliche Checklist

Cliche, trite, banality, unoriginality, predictability, dullness, ordinariness, triviality, staleness, vapidity, commonplace Anything that is lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of constant use or excessive repetition: hearts, eyes, peace signs, crosses, puppies, cats, dragons, snipers, vaginas & penises for shock value, anime, rainbows, stars, paintbrushes and other art supplies, cigarettes, hands, mermaids, lips, views in […]


It is important to be able take good photos of your work. It is also important to know how to maintain a blog/website (as professionals in your field, networking is integral to your success). Thus, we will practice these skills by maintaining a class Flickr site for all our works. When you are documenting your homework, […]

Elements & Principles of Design

Presentation on Components of an Artwork (Subject/Form/Content/Context) 2D Design Link to online presentation. ELEMENTS: Line – The way we treat our lines establishes a particular/dominant mood/emotion. Shape – Flat, 2D aspects of form, as opposed to volume (think silhouette) Value/Tone – Relative lightness or darkness Texture – Can be actual or implied Color – (we won’t use color in Beginning Drawing) PRINCIPLES: Balance – can be […]

Ellen's Pet Peeves

1. When students ask me questions that are answered in the syllabus, previous emails, or assignment sheets (check in these places before asking me) 2. When students ask for extra credit (there is no extra credit) 3. When students arrive unprepared for class 4. When students don’t keep track of their attendance record (check online […]

Flickr Account Username: Password: spring2017

Good Discussion Q's

Good discussion questions are not answered by “yes” or “no.” Instead they lead to higher order thinking (analysis, synthesis, comparison, evaluation) about the work and the issues it raises. Good discussion questions call for more than simply recalling facts or guessing what the teacher already wants to know, but are open-ended, leading to a variety […]

Presentation Tips

It’s important to create presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. Here, 10 tips for making an effective slide deck. The big picture… Think about your slides last. Building your slides should be […]

Writing Tips

This is a list of problems I usually come across when grading written work (and that lower your grade), along with some advice about how to solve them. Please read this before handing in your written work, so that you can write better and I can give you a good grade.  1. Communicate using Standard […]

Making Posters

The posters you make to advertise your exhibition can be any size/color, however 8.5″x11″, and be black and white (using a photocopier to make them) is the least expensive.  When you are designing your poster, remember to include the following information: – Who (your name, the artist or in the case of a group show, […]

Press Releases

Different from an invitation, a press release contains background information about the artist, the work, and the show. It is targeted to members of the press who may want to check out, write about, or even review your show. That having said, you can also send your press release to clients, gallerists, curators, or anyone […]

Privilege Resources

Privilege presentation The Invisible Knapsack “How to Talk to Someone about Privilege…”

Resume Writing

When we have our exhibition, everyone will be expected to provide a resume for the exhibition binder. It is ok if you have never written a resume for an exhibition before – it is very easy. Here are the steps: Your Name should be the biggest text on the page and it goes at the top. […]

Video & Sound Tutorials

How to download YouTube videos: Start with the Firefox browser and then add the YouTube downloader You can also use KeepVid to capture videos on other sites. Vimeo Video School Video 101 Choosing a Camera Shooting Basics Editing Basics Acting 101 GLOSSARY OF COMMON VIDEO TERMS – This is what we will have vocab quizzes on. […]

Brainstorming Exercises

Adapted from this site Remember that brainstorming is a trick to generate as many ideas as possible. We’re going for QUANTITY rather than quality at this point. No judging your ideas or those of others. Get every single idea out, no matter how silly, absurd, or stupid you might normally think it is. “What if?” The class will […]

Useful Links

Filmmaker IQ – great variety of videos on both history and techniques for film/video Mashup Resources: Visual: // //  // // // (Vimeo has the download option at the bottom of the video unless the person who owns the video has not provided that option). Use the two websites to download videos from Youtube: //  //  […]