Light Painting Personal Mantras

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Digital Design Class 29 students took part in a light painting session as part of an Experimental Practices course where instructor Dougal Muir led a lesson on crafting a personal mantra. The students were tasked to create a message, quote or positioning statement drawn from their personal backgrounds. This mantra provided the students a starting point for the light painting visual experiments. I guided the second part of the lesson where, after a short presentation on camera settings and light painting techniques, we captured the following images.

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Experimental Practices: Light Painting

Digital Design Class 28 students took part in a light painting session this past week. The students captured interesting light trails and patterns by using slow shutter speeds and various light sources from smartphones to LED flashlights. Here are some of the results.

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Light Painting session in Experimental Practices course

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Yesterday morning, we had another fun light painting session in the Experimental Practices course. After a short presentation to cover camera settings, light painting techniques, and to review some sources of inspiration, the group of students worked well together to create some stunning images. Have a look.

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Experimental Practices: Contemporary Art Gallery visit

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Experimental Practices is an interdisciplinary studio course that encourages experimentation within each student’s current design practice. Students explore methods to adapt media outside their usual creative process to expand their current skill set, and to develop a personal practice to complement their commercial work.

The last lesson in the course is usually a surprise. Past lessons have included guest lectures, workshops, movie screenings, and field trips. This week, a group of students visited the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) to view the work of renowned British artist Mike Nelson. It was his first solo exhibition in Canada which was comprised of two pieces: a series of sculptures made from found objects and a collection of projected 35mm slides depicting landscapes across Alberta and British Columbia that had traces of human contact. The students had to write a constructive review of their experience of the visit to CAG and their reaction to the work.

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Experimental Light Painting

Myron Campbell teaches an elective Experimental Practices course in the second half of the Digital Design program that focuses on fostering creativity. The lessons encourage the process of implementing experimentation to create source material for further digital manipulation. I help with the technical setup for a particular lesson involving in-camera photo effects such as light graffiti and multiple exposures. By using slow shutter speeds and various light sources, we can capture light trails and make use of painting with light to expose select parts of the subject. This class is always fun to be a part of.

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