A Reflection of Summer Semester 2010 at Georgia State University

My design history course finished up last week with an epic presentation on Victorian folk architecture. Well, not so epic… but not too shabby either! I wrote a 25 page research paper including a historic restoration of an 1890’s Victorian parlor as part of my final project for the class.

The drawing class I assisted with this summer finished up their semester with full color drawing / mixed media art for their final critique. It was amazing to see the improvement in all the student’s work from the 8 week course and I was surprised and delighted by the effect the students had on me. I learned so much from them! By the end of the course, they were giving me tips on how to use different medium and helping each other with ideas. The students not only blossomed as individuals, but they successfully worked as a team to create a safe place for self-expression. It was wonderful to see them progress and grow. One of the most difficult things to do as you continue through design and art is to work alone! Having a good relationship with your peers and supporting each other is a large part of the working art community!

I think Drawing (or any art-based course) is a great class to take during the summer. Drawing is a “practice makes perfect” talent and immersing yourself in the art form for longer amounts at a time and more often is a great way to get ahead in a class like this. I just hope the students continue to draw at home to keep their skills fresh… and me too!

Upcoming Events

In the fall, I will teach my own course for sophomore level art majors. The class will cover much of the basics of graphic design – we will design logos, book covers, posters, packaging, and ads. The students will use Photoshop and Illustrator primarily as well as drawing and conceptualizing. I’m really excited to start teaching – I know some of the students from the summer drawing class and look forward to working with them in the fall. I am in the process of building a class blog for the course which will be here:

I’ve been commissioned to paint a newspaper box for Creative Loafing! The project is to paint a newspaper box inspired by Salvador Dali… not much art direction besides that… So far’s progress… I started sketching ideas and picked up the box from CL today. Tomorrow, I visit the High’s Dali exhibit. Stand by for more updates on this project! Here is a link to some of the boxes painted from the last round:

That ends my summation of the summer events! It’s been great to catch up and I’ll be back next week with more on my Creative Loafing project and other exciting endeavors!

Spatial Interventions

Analyzing Activity in the Workplace to Design a Mural

At Georgia State, our graduate seminar class was commissioned to design a mural for the front office, capturing the essence, shape and movement of the space visually over 3 adjacent walls. After careful analysis, we found patterns of movement around the space, object shapes and shadows, and other unique attributes of the space that led to fun and interesting design concepts. After more refinement, our professor, Tim Nichols (who led the project) and my classmates and I planned and executed the final design.

Below is a photo archive of our work.

Fellow classmates working on the project were Jim Chapman, Meta Gary, Maryam Alainati, Cynthia and Dahlan.

Final Interior Mural

Process Photos







Teaching & Student Work

Teaching Assistant at Georgia State University

As my first blog post, I’d like to update you all with current events! Right now, my world revolves around academics, thesis, and freelance after about one year ago, when I left my agency, Trend Influence, to go to graduate school at Georgia State University.

Currently, I’m taking one class which is a nice change of pace from full-time status. I’m learning about the History of Interior design dating back to Colonial America. We are studying furnishings, decor, interiors, and architecture. Tomorrow, I’ll be visiting some beautiful homes in Marietta, one of which is the Root House Museum.

> To read about this field trip, click here

I’m also a teaching assistant this semester with associate professor, Stan Anderson. This is one of the learning methodologies that Georgia State employs for their graduate students to prepare for teaching university level courses. This summer, I am a assisting a Drawing 1 class and next fall, I’ll be teaching Intro to Graphic Design.

To view our class blog, click here. Our class blog acted as the digital classroom where the students and teachers share research, assignments, and documentation of work. At the end of the semester, the blog becomes a wonderful archive of the entire experience!