Loyola University Maryland

Messina

Visionary Course Pairing

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Two-Dimensional Design with a Focus upon Sustainability and Activism (SA224)

This Visionary Two-Dimensional Design course is a hands-on introduction to materials, techniques, terminology and concepts that form the foundation of all the visual arts. Students make artwork of various kinds and learn to be able to talk about works of art, understanding how they are composed and how artists have addressed various topics they chosen. Some artists introduced will include activists seeking to influence societal change, such as healing the environment or raising consciousness about particular issues in sophisticated ways.

Two-Dimensional Design is a prerequisite for all Studio Arts courses except Drawing, and a requirement for Studio Arts full and interdisciplinary majors and minors, but it is structured for all ranges of experience, including beginners.

Faculty Biography

Professor Maher is a multi-discipline artist who undertakes large projects as the basis for her artwork. The media she has worked in and mixed over many years include drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, assemblage, digital, encaustic and artist’s books. She has also written two scholarly books. Her work is in many private and public collections and she has exhibited widely.

Computers, Nature and Art: Beauty from Computation (CS117)

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

Scott Sax is the Associate Director of the Project Management Office in Technology Services at Loyola University Maryland. Scott has been part of Loyola since 2004, first as a contractor and then a full time employee. He is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) and a certified Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) through the Project Management Institute, and is certified in ITIL v3 Foundations. In addition to project management, Scott is a very talented and creative Web designer, developer, and graphic artist. Scott holds an Executive MBA from Loyola University Maryland, a Bachelor's Degree in English Writing and History from the University of Pittsburgh, and an Associate's Degree in Specialized Technology in Computer Animation from the Art Institute in Philadelphia.
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