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WestphalMakes webinars

Our fall #WestphalMakes Webinar Series is aimed to help current high school students and instructors learn about the larger media arts and design industries, as well as to help build portfolios or auditions from home. These free one-hour webinars, taught by our award-winning faculty experts at the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, range from faculty-led discussions and panels to easy projects for students to do with materials found at home. Explore subjects relating to the visual arts, music industry, game design, interior design, and more while building your portfolio for college admission. All webinars are free and open to the public, and interested parties must pre-register for each webinar using the links below. Students and instructors can register for multiple webinars.

Registrants will receive more detailed information regarding the webinar emailed to them the day of the event. Our #WestphalMakes webinars are meant to be live, synchronous events, and many will not be recorded or released for viewing. We encourage all registrants to attend the live events to interact in discussions and ask questions to our faculty members.

If you have any questions regarding our #WestphalMakes Webinar Series, please reach out to westphaladm@drexel.edu for further assistance.

Friday, October 9, 2020

12:00 PM–1:00 PM ET Graphic Design Student Dialogues: Typography

Shushi Yoshinaga
Associate Professor, Graphic Design

Mark Willie
Associate Program Director, Graphic Design

Typography, the art of arranging type, is a fundamental skill at the heart of any graphic designer’s toolbox. Join an enlightening conversation about typographic work in both static and dynamic media with current students and faculty in the Graphic Design program at Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

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1:00 PM–2:00 PM ET The Role of Architecture in Creating a Better Society

Alan Greenberger
Department Head, Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism

What is the purpose of architecture? What value can architects deliver to ordinary citizens? Professor Alan Greenberger, Head of the Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism, brings a lifetime of experience designing buildings, making public policy, and educating young people to this conversation.

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2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET Dancing on the Virtual World and Preparing for College Auditions

Sandra Parks
Program Director, Dance

It’s no secret that performing arts disciplines have had to think creatively in order to thrive in a more remote world. But how do dancers continue to improve their technique and present work in the virtual sphere? Join Dance Professor Sandra Parks for a webinar on how to adapt safely to dancing in a virtual world, especially as you prepare for college dance auditions.

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2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET Fashion as a Force for Good

Chris Baeza
Program Director, Design & Merchandising

The fashion industry is undergoing a global shift toward a more sustainable model that is cleaner for the planet and people, more inclusive, equitable, and regenerative. Join Design & Merchandising Professor Chris Baeza to discuss how the business of fashion can be better, more compassionate, and accountable for more than just profits.

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4:00 PM–5:00 PM ET How to Apply to Art and Design College

Katie Gross
Director of Recruitment, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Are you just beginning your college journey and confused about how to apply to college? Let’s talk about how to find art and design schools, how to identify programs that are the right fit for you and the best way to start your application. We will talk about the best next steps you can take to prepare an effective portfolio, artist statement, and application to college.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

1:00 PM–2:00 PM ET Creative Justice in the Time of COVID

Brea Heidelberg
Program Director, Entertainment & Arts Management

Associate Professor & Entertainment Arts Management Program Director, Brea Heidelberg, PhD is joined by Ruby Lopez Harper, Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement for Americans for the Arts to discuss how cultural organizations can continue to make progress toward their equity goals during the epidemic.

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1:00 PM–2:00 PM ET Materiality and the Principles of Wabi Sabi

Frances Temple-West
Assistant Teaching Professor, Interior Design

Wabi Sabi, the quintessential Japanese aesthetic, is a worldview centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. In this introduction to Wabi Sabi principles, Interior Design Professor Frances Temple-West will guide attendees through exercises in photographing their surroundings and sharing their thoughts and discoveries with each other.

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2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET Dance as a Healing Art

Miriam Giguere
Department Head, Department of Performing Arts

A career in dance isn’t limited to performance and choreography. In this webinar, Dr. Miriam Giguere, Head of the Department of Performing Arts, will present an introduction to the fields of Dance/Movement Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Dance in Education and their use of the body as a tool for mental and physical healing.

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4:00 PM–5:00 PM ET Game Design & Production Portfolio Challenges

Rob Lloyd
Program Director, Game Design and Production

What exactly should you include in a portfolio when applying for a game design degree? This session will discuss creative portfolio content in general and game-specific projects that can be created to showcase your interest and potential as a student in a game design degree.

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4:00 PM–5:00 PM ET Building a Portfolio for Architecture School

Rachel Schade

Practical and useful information for high school students studying architecture at the undergraduate level. Includes pointers on graphic design, determining content, and the best way to put your work on display for review. No architecture coursework yet? No problem!

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Friday, October 23, 2020

12:00 PM–1:00 PM ET Learning to See: How to Showcase Creativity in your Portfolio

Sandy Stewart
Associate Professor, Graphic Design

This webinar will help you kickstart your creativity and inspire you to create portfolio-worthy artwork, even if you are home with few or no art supplies. You will begin by examining works by artists created with natural and man-made objects and then learn how to create and transform them into drawings, paintings, collage/montages, or simply photograph them as they are. Most materials for suggested projects are up to you, but make sure you have a phone or a camera handy.

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1:00 PM–2:00 PM ET How To Succeed in The Music Business

Marc Offenbach
Assistant Teaching Professor, Music Industry

The music business is a multi-billion-dollar industry that constantly reinvents itself. Join a roundtable discussion with Professor Marc Offenbach and alumni of Drexel Westphal’s Music Industry program on the skills they learned in their studies and how they leveraged those into careers in the dynamic and competitive music business.

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2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET Theater Management in the Time of COVID

Shannon Laceck
Assistant Teaching Professor, Entertainment & Arts Management

Few industries have faced as much disruption in response to the pandemic as the performing arts—but with those challenges come opportunities to adapt and innovate. Learn about the many exciting careers within the field of Theater Management—and how those careers have evolved during the pandemic—with Entertainment & Arts Management Professor Shannon Lacek.

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2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET Looking at Photographs

Andrea Modica
Professor, Photography

Photographs have become more important than ever in our culture, they can inform, persuade, distort and reflect our world. In this webinar, Photography Professor Andrea Modica and current students will talk about how specific topics are addressed using photographic imagery. The goal of the webinar is to show how visual literacy can help us understand how we all consume, create and react to photographs.

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3:00 PM–4:00 PM ET CLO 3D Virtual Design for Fashion Industry

Jaeyoon Jeong
Assistant Teaching Professor, Fashion Design

Fashion and emerging technologies collide in this exciting workshop. Fashion Design Professor Jaeyoon Jeong will demonstrate how the fashion industry is using CLO 3D virtual design to manipulate virtual patterns and create simulated garments.

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4:00 PM–5:00 PM ET How to Photograph and Digitally Prepare your Portfolio

Rob Lloyd
Program Director, Game Design and Production

Learn how to capture and present your work in the best possible light(ing) to make it easy for reviewers to see how fabulous you are. This session will cover basic photography tricks, digital image editing, formatting, annotations, and sequencing of a variety of media types in your portfolio. No materials required to attend.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

12:00 PM–1:00 PM ET Dancing with your Community

Valerie Ifill
Associate Teaching Professor, Dance

The arts can be a powerful tool to bring people together and inspire change. In this webinar, Professor Valerie Ifill will share her expertise and lead a discussion on the relevance of civic engagement and social justice in dance.

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1:00 PM–2:00 PM ET Graphic Design Student Dialogues: Branding and Identity Design

Shushi Yoshinaga
Associate Professor, Graphic Design

Mark Willie
Associate Program Director, Graphic Design

Creating a successful brand identity requires graphic designers to tell unique, compelling, and recognizable stories through visual media. Join a conversation with current students and faculty in the Graphic Design program as they share their creative process and resulting work in branding and identity design.

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2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET To Mold or Not to Mold: A Demonstration on 3D Mold Making at Home

Lewis Colburn
Associate Professor, Studio Art

In this webinar, Professor Lewis Colburn will take you through a step-by-step process of making a two-part mold using clay and rubber. Learn quick ways to make molds a part of your creative practice!

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3:00 PM–4:00 PM ET Fashion Design Technical Sketch Demonstration

Cindy Golembuski
Associate Program Director, Fashion Design

Every great garment begins as a sketch. Join Fashion Design Professor Cindy Golembuski for a demonstration on how to create an accurate technical sketch for fashion. She will explore both by-hand and Adobe Illustrator methods.

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4:00 PM–5:00 PM ET Resale Commerce: Trends in shopping second-hand

Beth Phillips
Teaching Professor, Design & Merchandising

Explore the rise of second-hand shopping to reduce the negative impact on the environment with Design & Merchandising Professor Beth Phillips. Learn about the latest trends, the companies embracing “resale,” and how retailers are focusing on sustainability through “recommerce.”

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Friday, November 6, 2020

12:00 PM–1:00 PM ET Turning it to 11: Making your own Stereo Speakers

Michael Glaser
Associate Professor, Product Design

Product Design Professor Mike Glaser shares his passion for all things sound and how to create high quality speakers from home. Join Mike as he shares tips and trick on building your own speakers so you can turn it up to 11.

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1:00 PM–2:00 PM ET Graphic Design Student Dialogues: Senior Portfolio and Practice

Shushi Yoshinaga
Associate Professor, Graphic Design

Mark Willie
Associate Program Director, Graphic Design

Get a preview of the kind of work you’ll create in the Drexel Westphal Graphic Design program with a showcase of senior portfolios and professional level capstone projects. Students will discuss their design ideas and process of discovery that leads to inventive work in an engaging conversation led by Professors Shushi Yoshinaga and Mark Willie.

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2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET Remote Controlled Studio—a new way to collaborate online on music production

Cyrille Taillandier
Associate Teaching Professor, Music Industry

With COVID-19 upending the music business as a whole, the recording community has had to quickly adapt to new ways of keeping production going. This webinar with Professor Cyrille Taillandier will focus on the tools and techniques for online collaboration and the new roles audio professionals take on to adapt to new ways of working.

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3:00 PM–4:00 PM ET The Medieval Method of Silverpoint Drawing

Sarah Steinwachs
Program Director, Studio Art

Join Professor Sarah Steinwachs to learn the traditional method of silverpoint drawing used by the Italian Renaissance artists. In this session, Professor Steinwachs will demonstrate the method and answer any questions about silverpoint drawing and how to use it in your daily artistic practice.

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4:00 PM–5:00 PM ET The Art of Visual Writing

Matt Kaufhold
Program Director, Screenwriting & Playwriting

Show, don’t tell! In this webinar, Screenwriting & Playwriting Professor Matt Kaufhold walks you through the fundamental approach to writing visually, a core skill in storytelling for the screen.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

12:00 PM–1:00 PM ET Basics of 3D Modeling for Visual Effects

Dan Rose
Assistant Teaching Professor, Digital Media

Join Digital Media Professor Dan Rose to learn the basics of 3D modeling using Blender, a free, open-source 3D creation suite for animated films, visual effects, motion graphics, and more. This one-hour session will cover simple poly modeling, quick rendering options, and a short preview of digital sculpting.

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1:00 PM–2:00 PM ET CLO 3D Fashion Design: Silhouette and Textiles

Kathi Martin
Program Director, Fashion Design (MS)

Explore the cutting-edge of fashion technology with Clo 3D. In this session, Fashion Design Professor Kathi Martin will demonstrate how to visualize and realize your fashion design through silhouette and textiles.

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2:00 PM–3:00 PM ET Natural Dyeing with Botanicals

Jackie Kilmartin
Assistant Teaching Professor, Fashion Design

Wondering how to dye fabrics naturally? Fashion Design Professor Jackie Kilmartin will demonstrate using natural botanicals to create colorful prints and best at-home practices.

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3:00 PM–4:00 PM ET Fashion Branding Stories: Why We Relate to Products so Well!

Joe Hancock
Program Director, Retail & Merchandising (MS)

In this presentation, Dr. Joe Hancock will discuss how a retailer, manufacturer or designer uses storytelling to grab a consumer’s interest. Branding tells the story and creates the identity for a product, a person, and a company. This webinar looks at what a fashion brand is about and why companies advertise the way they do, challenging the viewer to think critically about branding.

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4:00 PM–5:00 PM ET Choreographing for the New Stage

Sandra Parks
Program Director, Dance

Dance Professor Sandra Parks will lead you through a short choreographic process and share ideas on how to create dances for the new performing arts environment.

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