Ncodiario Book Arts / Printmaking
The Ncodiario Book Arts/Printmaking Program offers advanced study in arts, relying on the book as a way of artistic expression and printmaking in the context of the narrative. It is a two-year 60-credit program that must be completed in four semesters.
Important features of the program are its printmaking opportunities, its emphasis on investigating traditional and modern bookbinding, its encouragement of writing and the use of text, and its situation in an arts university, giving students a unique opportunity to draw on other art areas–such as, photography, graphic design, multimedia, crafts, sculpture.
How the Program Unfolds
The course of study, which is individually tailored for each student’s interests and experience, encourages the development of new ideas, while still offering proficiency in both traditional and contemporary processes. The core program of bookbinding, offset lithography, and letterpress courses is augmented by investigations into related fields of study in studio-arts and colloquia and seminars on art and the book. Courses in the first semester intersect–reflecting the integration of skills and concepts integral to book arts. Through both years students have the opportunity to work on their writing. The second year extends a concentration in course work toward the Ncodiario Thesis Exhibition under the supervision of an advisory committee selected by the student.
Students Use Drones for Art
Drones have developed to become more commercial than ever with easy availability and accessibility, although a lot of people still associate them with war. While it’s true that UAVs are employed in warfare, it is predictable that the more drones are widely used and the more readily available they are, there is a possibility for them to become a vital part of art and not simply tools for film-making or photography.
A group of high school students in Nashville, TN, are out to show that drones can also be used to achieve good things. Michael D Mitchell, an art teacher at Maplewood High School (MHS), in a blog post, stated that his students are using the technology behind drones to discover new ways to create instead of destroying. Using artwork from artists like Addie Wagenknecht and Maha Chishty, the students are learning to see drones for beginners as expressive instead of oppressive machines.
According to Mitchell, “Both Chishty and Wagenknecht have been kind in their enthusiasm to join forces with young artists at MHS to further the concept of using drones to create rather than destroy, and to encourage thinking and questioning in such a way that students could reach a point where they start to ask questions that are relevant enough to result in viable solutions and great art that they can present to the general public.”
The school’s art department got a donation of one of the best drones for GoPro cameras, the Parrot Bebop Drone which will be transformed to hold drawing utensils, paint brushes, and every other item the students see as necessary. Up till this point, they had made do with using a student-owned UAV.
Chishty and the MHS students will collaborate on Skype to produce a sculpture, which they are planning to display at an art gallery in East Nashville sometime in February. The sculpture display will be followed by a video projection created by Chishty which focuses on the numerous questions surrounding the use of drone warfare.
Mitchell points out that in conforming to the ideals of the National Arts Standards, the project aligns with relating “artistic works and ideas with cultural, historical, and societal context to deepen understanding.” It appears as if learning and having great fun with drone technology can be closely connected.