Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Visionary Course Pairing

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Visionary Design Toward A Sustainable Environment (SA224.01V)

This Two-Dimensional Design Fine Arts core offering in Studio Arts is a hands-on experience of the Elements and Principles of Design (line, shape, value, color, texture, etc.) employing multiple types of media (pencil, inks, paint, collage, digital and mixed). Through looking at the work of historical artists and completing a sequence of technical and skill-building projects, students will become comfortable making a range of original artworks in black and white and in color, while arranging and adjusting all aspects that comprise the whole to arrive at beautiful compositions.

As a Messina course, we will simultaneously become familiar with the work of contemporary artists who address issues pertaining to the health of our shared environments through their artworks. We will focus upon an engagement with Nature as our art-making content. By the second half of the semester students will be producing intriguing and beautiful, original, contemporary artworks in response to ideas we have considered and visually addressed in and outside of class and in our extra hours.

Faculty Biography

Janet Maher began exhibiting professionally in the mid 1970s. Her drawings, prints, collages and assemblages, artist books, photographs, digital images, and ceramic tile murals are in many public and/or private collections. Working with saved, found, and recycled materials and using environmentally conscious techniques have long been aspects of her studio practice. She is an avid gardener and is currently learning to tend bees. 

CS117 Computers, Nature and Art: Beauty from Computation

Can we capture the beauty of nature and art in the dry logic of computers? Can we recreate by computer program the beauty of butterfly wings or pencil sketch? In this course we will do hands-on work with computational systems, such as random walks, particle systems and Lindemeyer grammars, that from simple rules produce complex patterns found in nature and used in art. We will use these systems to explore basic programming and the creation of web pages with graphics, manipulated photos and interactive animations, as well deeper questions about the mechanization of creativity and limits of computers. The course assumes no background in computer programming and is intended to be useful for all majors.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Roger Eastman specializes in visual computing, teaching courses in graphics for video games, computer art and scientific simulation for over 25 years. In research he has worked with Johns Hopkins Wilmer Institute staff on medical imaging for the diagnosis of glaucoma; with NASA researchers on the analysis of Earth and Mars satellite images; and currently with NIST staff on vision for smart manufacturing robotics. His 2010 Cambridge Press "Image Registration for Remote Sensing" received the Alpha Sigma Nu book award in science.

Mentor Biography

Mary Ellen Wade is the Associate Director for the Messina program.  She began working at Loyola in 2008 as an Assistant Director of Student Life for the Hillside Area and then the Gardens Area.  Mary Ellen also serves on the executive board for the Maryland College Personnel Association.  Originally from New Jersey, Mary Ellen received her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.    Mary Ellen’s interest in Jesuit education began during her previous employment at Georgetown University.