Darkroom to Digital: while creative solutions are available, the first step is to recognize that the course will not be the same and to help move the students through the transition
Solutions/assignments: Camera Obscura, cyanotype (pre-coated paper kits), collage for hands on experiences, unfixed lumen prints (for those who have access to darkroom paper), anthotype prints
Apps/solutions for scanning film:
Labs that are still processing film and scanning:
- NY – https://www.4photolab.com/
- MO/KS – https://www.millerslab.com/home
- PA – https://www.indiephotolab.com
- NJ – https://www.blacklabimaging.com/
A few faculty suggested printing work themselves and safely mailing work to students.
Labs that are still printing:
Concerns of students:
Involve the students in creating solutions, they’ve been preparing for this for a year or more – they will need to be as invested in replacement plans as they were with the original exhibition plans.
Alternatives to a physical exhibition:
Virtual exhibitions, websites hosted by universities for extended periods of time, catalog/books of thesis work. Partnering with other organizations for worldwide exposure.
- I LIKE YOUR WORK Podcast is offering to feature the shows of every artist in the US who has lost a solo show opportunity because of coronavirus, perhaps a similar approach could be made for thesis shows
- Social Distance Gallery on Instagram is featuring students who are missing their thesis exhibitions
- The art assignment on youtube has some interesting ideas
- Providing students with resources if it’s even remotely possible.
- VoiceThread (works with d2l, Canvas)
- PowerPoint/Google Slides w/Zoom for live critiques
PRACTICALITIES OF THE CLASSROOM
- How can students submit assignments most efficiently?
- Where to have students upload their photos to? Google Photos or ?
- I’m curious about running synchronous class time vs asynchronous class time. Any tips or best practices in this arena? Want to be sensitive to students’ and my time.
- Choice boards are likely going to be a major part of online classes at my school. So give five project prompts and let students pick a much smaller number. Students can adjust based on their individual circumstances and interests
- I’ve had an assignment where students create their own prompt over the past year. They write the prompt, set all the requirements and execute the assignment. I have been amazed by how creative the students have been with this one and how much they enjoyed this assignment. They really seem to engage with the idea of having a little bit of a voice and control over what we are doing in the course.
- Today was our first day back – my class voted to go synchronous today, but then asynchronous for the majority of the rest of the semester. I was happy with this, but now hearing our conversation, I think I’m going to keep with the asynchronous model but invite students to join in the class’ zoom room for chat, q&a, coffee, etc… for the first hour or class meeting.
- Are there collaboration systems any one is aware of?
- Has anyone used Google Hangouts for this sort of synchronous meeting? My school is strongly suggesting we use that first before we try out Zoom.
- My school is encouraging us to use Microsoft Teams for our school but I am not sure this is the best for visual artists?
- Do you have students share pdfs for assignment submission? How do you see metadata if so.
- A software recommendation for digital collage, my HS students love to use Canva. It’s free and they can use it on a laptop, iPad, or phone. You can edit photographs, create layouts, and even multi page books or zines.
- Basecamp to share images and resources, can also posted homework on it
ADDRESSING STUDENTS WITH LIMITED/REDUCED COMPUTER/WIFI/ART SUPPLIES:
- Asking administration for resources – gift cards to local and national art supply stores.
- Asking IT if they have laptops that can be loaned out.
- Regarding free internet access: https://journaltimes.com/news/local/here-s-how-to-get-free-internet-while-schools-are/article_c6b3071c-aafe-53ef-9c8b-16b136329490.html
Ask administration for timed sessions for students to enter the building to retrieve materials, prints, equipment, etc.
- PBS art assignment is pretty cool and I use it a lot
- Thinking about artist Oliver Herring’s TASK and if there’s anything translatable there to a digital/online environment
Social Distancing Gallery
“Now, many are finding some solace in a new Instagram account that is soliciting and posting artworks from B.F.A. and M.F.A. thesis shows amid the coronavirus pandemic. @SocialDistanceGallery was launched on Friday by painter Benjamin Cook to give students an alternative space to exhibit their work; as of press time, it has more than 15,000 followers.”
The Art Assignment - PBS
Many people in the group chat suggested using The Art Assignment from PBS as a resource. While many of the assignments are produced with non art and limited access to art populations in mind, there are great artist interviews about their unique practice.
TASK is an improvisational event with a simple structure and very few rules. TASK can be a planned, more formal set-up with an application process and a pre-determined number of selected participants (TASK Events); A more open structure without any limitations of size or divisions between viewers and participants (TASK Parties); Or tailored for the use in classrooms (TASK Workshop).