Archive for March, 2012
The 68 days I spent at SCAD-Lacoste in southern France felt more like a dream than actual summer school. I found myself living and studying in Europe, surrounded by a land rich in culture and history. SCAD-Lacoste is located in the heart of the Provence region, which houses the landscapes often used as inspiration for famous artists like Picasso and Cezanne. I was constantly surrounded by beautiful architecture, and was only a short drive from some pretty iconic destinations. Instead of spending hours every day locked up in a dark classroom, we literally loaded up and drove to actual, standing examples of different styles of architecture. We toured Romanesque, Baroque, and Gothic-inspired churches. I enjoyed a meal at the exact café that Van Gogh depicted in his famous painting Night Café.
Our group-wide trip to Paris allowed me to gaze upon famous works such as Raft of the Medusa, Mona Lisa, and Nike of Samothrace. I also had the chance to present and sell artwork at an art exhibition, an opportunity I never thought I would have as a student in the Fashion Marketing and Management major. I formed life long bonds with some truly incredible people from the other SCAD location. I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to live in such a grand place, let alone learn and experience so much in a short period of time. I would never change one moment of this amazing summer, and I will cherish the memories of my quarter in Lacoste forever.
Interested in SCAD Lacoste? All of the faculty at Lacoste are full-time SCAD professors from Savannah or Atlanta who travel to France as part of the Lacoste residential program. Courses vary each term and may be offered in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, film and television, photography, digital imaging, historic preservation, performing arts, art history, architecture, liberal arts, French language and culture, and other topics. SCAD Lacoste facilities include a library, gallery, dining hall and housing, as well as teaching studios dedicated to painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography and digital imaging. View the FAQs on the SCAD website.
The Ambassador Choice Awards is an opportunity for ambassadors to recognize a faculty or staff member who embodies SCAD’s values of: going the “extra mile” and providing an exceptional education and life-changing experience for students. Student Ambassadors are SCAD students who have shown a great deal of interest in being leaders in their SCAD community, as well as representing the university. In order to become one, students go through an interview and training process. These Student Ambassadors participate in a variety of activities and events such as SCAD Day and are trained in various aspects of admission.
While in college, staff and faculty are a big part of our learning and growing experience. The relationships they have with the students will always be a big part of our lives. Therefore, the Ambassador Choice Awards is an opportunity for Student Ambassadors to honor their guest and thank them for being an inspiration and motivation, and further enhancing their SCAD experience.
The Atlanta Ambassador Choice Awards took place on Friday, March 2, 2012 and consisted of 9 Student Ambassadors who had invited a faculty or professor of their choice in order to honor them. Students gave invitations to those who they wanted to give awards to beforehand and RSVPs were sent. The day of the event started off with breakfast and refreshments that were thoroughly enjoyed by everybody. The first speaker of the morning was my fellow co-coordinator, Brittani Bumb and ended with Josh Same. All ambassadors were enthusiastic when giving their speech about who has inspired and motivated them. After they invited their faculty or professor of their choice to hand them a certificate, they too spoke briefly about the student. SCAD Photographer, Ben Dashwood was present and took pictures throughout the course of the event. It was a different kind of experience compared to other events as the focus was on the relationships of the students with their professor or faculty.
Allie Jernigan- Mark Rofuluski (from Advertising Department)
Kelsey Maharrey-Jessica Merriman (from Student Life)
Madalina Anton - Forest McMullin ( from Photography Department
Brittani Bumb – Mark Hughes (from Fashion Department)
Maya Haynes – Kevin Collins (from Television Producing Department)
Mae Gurene – Todd Wirth ( from Liberal Arts Department)
Carlos Romero – Erin McGerald (from Admission Department)
Josh Same – Martha Whittington (from Foundations Department)
Charlese Watson – Shandra Bradford (from Television Producing Department)
On Thursday, February 9, 2012, SCAD Atlanta Student Ambassadors visited Midway Elementary School for our first Young at Art visit of the Winter Quarter! We conducted a Creative Career presentation for Mr. Joel Gargano’s 5th grade class. Creative Career Presentations are when Student Ambassadors present to elementary and middle school students about the opportunities in creative careers, share their SCAD art portfolios, and offer short demos relating to their major.
The focus for this visit was Animation, Motion Media, and Television Producing. Freshman Josh Same started the presentation with talking to the students about Motion Media Design. He showed examples of his work and a special motion media animation using Midway Elementary School’s name. The students were very impressed with Josh’s work and were really excited about seeing their school’s name animated.
Next, senior Animation major, Larry Beamon, presented to the students about Animation at SCAD and Animation as a career. When the students were asked to name examples of animation they yelled out several names, among them were shows like Spongebob Squarepants, Phineas and Ferb, and the movie Rio. Larry talked about the process of Animation and what types of classes he has to take. He also explained to the students the difference between 2D animation and 3D animation.
Maya Haynes and Charlese Watson presented information about the Television Producing program. Maya showed a news piece that she created in her Television Field Production class. Maya and Charlese also talked about their internship experience working for the Georgia Dome. The Midway students’ were very impressed that they were helped with the live production for the Atlanta Falcons Football games.
To wrap up the visit, the Midway Elementary students were given a chance to create magnet designs. As they designed their magnets, the SCAD students walked around to help them. Overall the visit was a great success! We really enjoyed the Midway Elementary students!
Every quarter, each student is responsible for completing a field trip requirement for each class. Most foundations class field trips either requires trips to museums, or seminars of famous artists presenting what they do for a living. I have come to find that many of the seminars at SCAD are rather beneficial to where I want to see myself in the artistic community, so I have made a point to see seminars even outside of class field trips. One seminar in particular grabbed my attention even though it was not related to my major. What this artist did was so interesting that I felt compelled to travel to the local museum where his exhibit was being held and see the pieces shown on a PowerPoint slideshow in person.
His name is Brian Dettmer and he conducts “Book Autopsies.” In other words, he carves through pages upon pages inside books he has found and selects interesting images or text along the way to leave exposed. It’s like a cavern filled with random pictures and words that together create a rather interesting piece. When he finally finishes carving through each individual book page with nothing more than tweezers and an x-acto knife, he uses a process to petrify the books so that they are a solid sculpture. The finished piece is remarkable.
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