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Date: 2016
Woodcut prints
Students printed letter form designs from their own handmade woodcuts
In ART 305: History of Graphic Design, students made prints out of woodcuts they created themselves. The goal of this project was to design an initial cap for a letter of their names that expressed their identity or personality. In order to go about this process, the students started with a blackletter font and then researched different periods of time relating to the history of graphic design in order to influence the embellishment of their letterform....Click here to read more.

RotoWorld cover
Corcl on the cover of RotoWorld

Remember last semester when VCD Portfolio students worked with Corcl? Well these circular paddle boats were just featured on the cover of RotoWorld Magazine!

Corcl in RotoWorld

Inspired by Vietnamese basket boats, these fun boats are beginning to make a splash in the market. VCD professor Inna Alesina collaborated with the creators to develop prototypes of the boat structure out of materials such as pool noodles and plastic sheeting.

Corcl in RotoWorld

Check out the article in RotoWorld Magazine Volume XII, Issue 1 of 2016.

Sue Johnson workshops
Sue Johnson led various design workshops with Stevenson students
Sue Johnson, AVCD's Spring 2016 Artist-in-Residence, spent three full days with Visual Communication Design, Digital Marketing and Fashion Design majors. These design students explored museum collections, practiced watercolor painting techniques and designed their own repeat patterns.
Workshop in the Museum
The group visited the Walter's Art Museum to explore, draw and photograph different collections

Students practiced their watercolor skills and learned new techniques
Practicing Patterns
They also had the chance to create their own repeat patterns and explore surface design
Subliminality was the theme of Sue's lecture and of her exhibition featured in the School of Design's gallery. Professor Johnson exhibits nationally and internationally and teaches at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Stevenson was very happy to have her as this Spring's Artist-in-Residence.
Sue Johnson demonstrates watercolor techniques
Sue Johnson demonstrated watercolor techniques for the students

Italy Reception
Students, faculty, friends and family came out to the reception for the exhibition

During spring break last March, a group of 32 students, alumni and faculty went on a study abroad trip to Italy. They visited 10 cities in 10 days and captured the culture of each place through photography. Each student took thousands of pictures of their surroundings and experiences. They then had to narrow their thousands of pictures down to just 10 for their final portfolios. Out of these 10 photos,  just 1 was chosen from each student to be showcased in the study abroad photography exhibition Dieci Cittá, or "Ten Cities".  

Italy Reception
Senior VCD student Alaina Hall admires the photography of her fellow travelers

The travelers and their friends and family came out to a reception last night to celebrate their work, enjoy Italian food and reminisce about their travels. Dieci Cittá is on display through May 27th in the St. Paul Companies Pavillion on the Greenspring Campus. Stop by and check out the great work by our students!

Photography Field Trip
Students got a first-hand look at original 19th century photographs

ART 305: History of Photography students visited the Maryland Historical Society, where they viewed photographs from the 19th century. A special treat was to flip through the pages of the book published by Alexander Gardner in 1866, Photographic Sketches of the Civil War, and examine the original albumen prints made by the photographer and hand-pasted on the pages.

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