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WestphalMakes webinars

Our #WestphalMakes webinar series is aimed to help current high school students and instructors learn portfolio building projects from home. These free online one-hour webinars taught by our award-winning faculty experts at Westphal College of Media Arts and Design range from portfolio specific guidance to easy projects for students to do at home. All webinars are 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 including a worksheet emailed to them the day of the event. If you have any questions, please email westphaladm@drexel.edu.

Monday, May 18, 2020

2:00 PM–3:00 PM Learning to See: How to Showcase Creativity in Your Portfolio

Sandy Stewart
Associate Professor, Graphic Design

This first webinar will help you kickstart your creativity and inspire you to create portfolio-worthy artwork, even if you are home with little 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. We welcome both students and teachers to join this webinar.

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3:00 PM–4:00 PM Game Design & Production Portfolio Challenges

Rob Lloyd
Program Director, Game Design and Production

Concerned about preparing a portfolio to apply for a game 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. We encourage students, teachers and college counselors to attend.

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3:00 PM–4:00 PM The Art of the Critique

Kristen Ainscoe
Assistant Teaching Professor, Design and Merchandising

This is NOT an exploration of all things Kardashian, although we will explore the difference between opinion and critique. Exercises in this webinar are designed to think about critique as getting comfortable with the presentation of your work and being open to learn from how others interpret your presentation. You’ll learn how to apply critique to your own work, properly self-assessing for growth and how to give critical, meaningful feedback.

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4:00 PM–5:00 PM Building Complex Imagery with a Personal Mark

Josh Weiss
Associate Teaching Professor

Using basic studios methods students will develop a collage of sourced imagery and surfaces. The collage method will produce a dynamic two-dimensional design. Using this design as a foundation, students will translate the collage imagery into a linear and shape-based image using their own personalized line, shape and rendering methods. The workshop will explore basic strategies to build creativity and complexity in a two-dimensional image.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

12:00 PM–1:00 PM Just for Teachers Webinar: Curating and Documenting Student’s Studio Portfolio Development

Sarah Steinwachs
Program Director of Studio Art

This workshop will go through steps you can make to make help your high school students prepare a portfolio ready for college-submission. We will discuss the curation and documentation of work as well as how to prepare final formatting for a portfolio. This webinar is meant for teachers or college counselors.

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3:00 PM–4:00 PM Monochromatic Expressive Self-Portrait on Toned Paper (Tri-Tone)

Mark Stockton
Associate Teaching Professor, Design/Drawing

This workshop will explore how to create an expressive self-portrait using a tri-tone color system. The process for developing this monochromatic, life-size portrait will be demonstrated in a step-by-step tutorial, including setting up source photographs, establishing a value pattern, and employing an effective color system. This project—which incorporates studio and digital techniques—is designed as a clear step into the complicated world of color for students who want to expand their skill-sets. We welcome both students and teachers to join this webinar.

Note: Although, you are welcome to follow along for parts of this this 1 hour workshop, I generally recommend this exercise be completed in a 2-10 hour time-frame. I will demonstrate the basics and the techniques today, but a much longer time period should be devoted to these techniques to get the best results.

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4:00 PM–5:00 PM Visual Storytelling

Kristen Ainscoe
Assistant Teaching Professor, Design and Merchandising

You have a phone. You take pictures. You post them. But are you telling a story? This webinar will explore the basics of how to tell an effective visual story in a presentation. You will learn how to properly convey information through visual vehicles. Visual storytelling will allow you summarize content into visual compositions that speak louder than words. We welcome both students and teachers to join this webinar.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

3:00 PM–4:00 PM Take-Apart Project with Professor Ann Gerondelis

Ann Gerondelis
Department Head, Department of Design

Interested in a 3D project for your design portfolio? In this webinar, you’ll learn how to take-apart an everyday object to discover first-hand how design decisions are made that affect how products look, and how we use and operate them. We’ll explore the object’s component parts and the materials they are made of and compose a single photographic flat lay that tells the story of the object’s assembly. The resultant photograph and process descriptions will be a unique addition to your design portfolio. We welcome both students and teachers to join this webinar.

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3:30 PM–4:30 PM Digital 3D Portfolio Workshop

Nick Jushchyshyn
Program Director, Virtual Reality & Immersive Media

We will be covering project ideas and free tools for High School students and teachers to add 3D graphics, game assets, visual effects, animation and/or Virtual Reality to their portfolios. We encourage both teachers and students to attend this webinar to learn about digital making.

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4:00 PM–5:00 PM Just for Teachers Webinar: Methods and Examples of The Westphal College Design Foundation Projects

Josh Weiss
Associate Teaching Professor

This workshop will showcase excerpts from The Westphal College’s Design Foundation Curriculum. The revealed curriculum will encompass one project from:

  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Color theory
  • Three-Dimensional Design

Faculty will be shown studio methods, assignment sheets and student examples for each project showcased. On completion of the workshop faculty participants will be provided all of the shown course materials. The goal of this workshop will be to create cross pollination between High School and University based design curriculum. This webinar is meant for teachers or college counselors.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

12:00 PM–1:00 PM How to Photograph and Digitally Prepare your Portfolio

Rob Lloyd
Program Director, Game Design and Production

Capturing and presenting 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. We welcome both students and teachers to join this webinar.

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3:00 PM–4:00 PM Exploring Montage with Professor Mark Willie

Mark Willie
Associate Program Director and Teaching Professor, Graphic Design

Montage is a complex expression of metaphor or storytelling that can be created by piecing together different elements into a single image. Artists use disparate and often jarring juxtapositions of images (and words) to present interpretations of concepts, ideas and (sometimes surreal) views of the world that can be challenging and revelatory.

Examples of exercises in visual language to be explored through various aspects of montage will be presented: found and repurposed imagery, object, drawing and original photography using techniques both analog and digital, cutting and pasting, layering and manipulation. We welcome both students and teachers to join this webinar.

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4:00 PM–5:00 PM How to Apply to Art and Design College 101

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

Are you just beginning your college journey and confused about how to start? Let’s talk about how to find art schools, 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 for your portfolio, artist statement and application to college. We welcome both students, teachers and college counselors to join this webinar.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

12:00 PM–1:00 PM Crafting Your Personal Brand

Nick Cassway
Associate Teaching Professor, Design and Merchandising

Brands are people and people make up the personality, authenticity and history of each brand. Customers want to feel personally connected to the products and services that they buy. Exercises in this webinar are designed to build your skills in professional, persuasive communication. You will earn how to build a strategy surrounding your personal brand that connects with people in the language they understand best and tells a narrative that people want to hear. We welcome both students and teachers to join this webinar.

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3:00 PM–4:00 PM The Art of Papercutting: Cut Paper and Notan

Sarah Steinwachs
Program Director of Studio Art

Using simple materials-paper, and an exacto knife create a dynamic composition that focuses on the powerful design principal of Notan, using the technique of papercutting. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to develop imagery, transfer it to your desired surface, cut, and glue to get detailed, complex designs. We welcome both students and teachers to join this webinar.

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