courses

The following are courses I am currently teaching at the SMFA on rotation.

curriculum
development

As Area Representative I worked with area faculty to develop the new Graphic Arts area curriculum and several pathways.

I have initiated a Graphic Arts Annual end of the year award and show for students. Last year we awarded 12 students and a total of $2000 award money.

new for Spring 2015 - 3000 level
Subversive Graphics:
Socially Engaged Work

In this seminar/studio class we will discuss the complexity of socially engaged art practices, and specifically look at graphics, printed ephemera, books and web based interventions used to activate a public. Looking at the recent history of various art movements, from feminist, to activist, including public art and social practice we will study several artists' work such as The Yes Men, Group Material, Future Farmers, Grennan & Sperandio, Gran Fury, Temporary Services…

The studio component of the class will help students develop several collaborative works with a community and specific site. Class discussions will include information on public safety, and legal rights. Students are expected to be familiar with print and web publishing tools as there won't be specific demos in the class. Instead we will create a community to share skills and technical knowledge.

GRA 1006
The Graphic Arts Toolbox:
Design Production and Alternative Strategies


Since conceptual art in the 70s artists have employed new strategies to expand the border of the gallery space. This course is for the artist who is interested in creating work exploring these alternative strategies. It will introduce you to the basic tools and skills used in the graphic arts.
Students will be exposed to various techniques, from traditional book binding methods, to offset printing and making work for the web. Through project assignments you will also learn to use some of the essential software on the Mac platform along with more traditional processes. The class will encourage you to think about text and image relationships in linear and non-linear narratives and consider your work in a public setting.

The large group of students will be divided into three sections that will rotate every 4 weeks: The artist's book, printed ephemera and web based projects. The class will show their work with a public event at the end of the semester.


 

samples of
student work :

Textual Image
Visual Text


Books and printed ephemera

more to come...

ENG 0018 / GRA 2000
Textual Image / Visual Text
Creative Writing and Design

The charged relationship of text and image is often at the center of the visual and literary arts today. In this course we will engage text and image as theorist-philosophers, literary critics, and artist-writers. This joint English and Graphic Arts course, Textual Image/Visual Text, will introduce the historical-philosophical issues at play in various definitions of text and image, while immersing students in the study of modernist and postmodernist literature that you will engage actively and visually as writers and artists yourselves. This new co-taught course is designed to improve students' ability to write their own text for their own designs of visual/printed works.

In the tradition of F.T. Marinetti and Guillaume Apollinaire, students will write poetry and fiction while attending to how it appears on the page; how is its meaning shaped and mobilized, multiplied and refined, by surrounding text and images? In addition to completing weekly reading assignments and critical essays, students will write, revise, design, produce and distribute their own creative writing and/as visual texts. This is an intermediate level course. Familiarity with computer publishing applications is encouraged but not required. English 1 is pre-requisite.

This is an interdisciplinary class co-taught between Hilary Binda and Chantal Zakari that occupies both the morning and afternoon blocks. Students who wish to take this class must enroll in both ENGS 0018 and TIA 1010. Students will earn 4 academic and 2 studio credits. The academic credits will fulfil a Tufts Humanities/Elective requirement; students can choose to have the class fulfill their English 2 requirement instead.

GRA 3000
Codex in Context:
Advanced Projects Seminar

This studio/seminar course is for advanced undergraduates, post-bac and grad students who are ready to work independently on a long term project that uses typography, sequencing, language of the graphic arts and the book format. Students may be working on a one of a kind sculptural book, a photo digital book, a print on demand, or a screen printed book. Our group sessions will include critiques, slide lectures, field trips and readings. We will look at books from the turn-of-the-century avant-garde, fluxus, postwar photo book and many contemporary books.

Students should have taken at least one GRA class prior to this one and have produced at least one book (bring the best one to the first class). Also a prior class in PRT or PHT or digital skills in page layout and printing is helpful but not necessary. We will create a studio community to share technical knowledge. Post-grad and graduating students working on a thesis project are welcome. Students should have taken at least one GRA class prior to this one and have produced at least one book (bring the best one to the first class). Also a prior class in PRT or PHT or digital skills in page layout and printing is helpful but not necessary. We will create a studio community to share technical knowledge. Post-grad and graduating students working on a thesis project are welcome. Some prior experience with working with text is expected. Bring past work to the first meeting.

 
 

GRA 2403
Self-Publishing An Artist's Book: Concept & Design

In this class students will develop the concept and design of an artist's book. The class begins by introducing students to the basics of publication design, text and image relationship, juxtaposition on a spread, sequencing and we progresses into developing a personal voice using the book as an art medium. Structured assignments will help students learn technical skills in inDesign and Photoshop. We will discuss various strategies on how to use found text, personal text, rewriting old text, editing, photographing and illustrating. The class will address the basics of self-publishing and look at artists who are "infiltrating" the publishing industry as a way to reach a non-art audience.

Photographers, painters and drawers who are interested in adding text and experiment with a narrative form in their work are also encouraged to join the class. Basic computer skills are required.

GRA 2001
Signs & Symbols

The meaning of a sign is something collective. Each one of us has acquired a set of conventions, as early as our childhood. Graphic structures rely upon conventions like this to form meanings. This class will re-think the process of creating signs in a social space. In the first project students will design a pictogram to communicate an idea. The project will later expand into designing more similar symbols in a matrix. We will then explore corporate logos and study the history and development of some of the logos and advertisements. Students will be encouraged to design responses within an activists spirit. The final part of the class will study patriotic symbols such as flags, national symbols and war graphics. Intermediate level students who have had some computer experience and want to learn more about using applications to produce design work should take this class. Demos will include Illustrator and Photoshop.

 
  GRA 1201
Type as Image


This class is designed for artists from various disciplines who use text in their work. It questions the use of type in art making and challenges students to look at typography as mark making. Slide lectures and project assignments will encourage students to work with self-generated expressive text.

Students will work on several main ideas during the semester. Projects assignments will provide a structure for each student's interest toward typography and text based artwork and will focus on visual aspects of typography. We will study the vernacular type and the historical development of typographic styles. Students will develop a series of compositions using expressive typography. We will explore the relationship between type to architecture, type to the body, and type to sound.

The computer will be our primary tool but not the only one. You are encouraged to bring in skills in calligraphy, photography, and drawing. During the course of this class we will use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Fontographer as the main software applications. A basic course for all designers and all graphic artists using text.