AQUA DOME featured in the 2019 Spring edition of COFAC Today, the magazine of the College of Fine Art and Communication at Towson University.

AQUA DOME featured in the 2019 Spring edition of COFAC Today, the magazine of the College of Fine Art and Communication at Towson University.

In courses and workshops, I design project-based learning opportunities, particularly work that involves community outreach. As a working artist and teacher,  I often collaborate with my students and colleagues. Just as in the sciences, students participate in faculty research as a vital part of their learning experience, in the arts students can become engaged in faculty-led creative projects. 

Find student work examples here on Vimeo.

Find more student work examples on YouTube.

Visual Effects I Students at Towson, student works-in-process on Tumblr. 

Examples of Cornell Summer Animation Workshop Projects on YouTube

Below are selected video examples of collaborative class projects from college courses and other workshops, along with tutorials I have made.

These examples are from introductory level courses in digital media and animation.

The blend tool in Maya is a great way to make a slider you can use to metamorphose your model from one shape to another.  Here I use it for lip sync and eye blinks.

A MICA student project made in one of my Character Animation courses.  Looking at the film Revolver and early 1920's animation as guides, students designed complex cycles.  We used a surrealist method of a random word generator to come up with two specific nouns (chicken and rubbish) and a concept (gravity).  All students had to use two of these in their solution.  Students all designed ideas for a main character, and we voted - selecting the alligator with bow-tie as the main subject of the film.  Complex cycles have a repeated action with an accent that adds interest.

Collaborative stop-motion exercise, Cornell Summer 2011

A class assignment from my 2004 Summer Animation Workshop at Cornell University. Literally self-explanatory! 

Object animation made by the Cornell Summer Session Animation class FILM 3250.

Using audio from an old radio show called "The Strange Dr. Weird," thanks to Archive.org,  MICA students in 2-D Character Animation created lip-sync animation projects, playing with the over-the-top voice recording.