ARTC251-CG-II Continuity Plan – Forward Motion

*Important – ARTC251 CG-II – Remote Class Continuity Plan-Forward Motion ->

Dear ARTC 251 – CGII Students – Please read this entire post as it holds information that will be used from here until the end of our semester.

Welcome back!

(There is a lot to read here, so please take your time. I will be reading through it with you during our next remote video class together, posting it to blackboard and also sharing the link here on our class website.)

First and foremost, How are you all doing? Please leave a comment below if you wish.

From here on in, please know that I am here for you in any way that you need me. Nothing is mandatory going forward with our class. Everything is flexible and we will all need to express what we need individually to continue on. Every student will do the best that they can with the means that they have to keep up with our class, however, this is all in context to keeping themselves and their loved ones safe first and foremost. Our health comes first. Physical, mental and emotional health always comes first. I am 100% available to help from e-mail, text and video chat meetings should you need extra help with anything. We will get through this time together.

*Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me – – I am here to help you get what you need to complete our course to the best of your abilities. Let me know what you need. Adobe software? Wifi? Reach out.

Moving forward, the transition to online teaching will not be too difficult for our course. I will help make video tutorials, and help you get access to adobe software and even wifi – we are already well versed in the function of the course format and the class website that we use. Our class website is our main hub! We have completed a series of site-on -scene photoshop / illustrator software demonstrations – (and will proceed with adobe illustrator) so the second half of our class is focused on us practicing those skills, design techniques and processes with the creative tools (this might mean some alternative tools for us, I will be posting the info soon) I will be performing and recording the new class demonstrations so that we can all follow along with and revisit the videos as many times as we need to. We have the rest of the semester to work on this at our own pace.
Delivery Methods of the Class Instruction:
My plan is to replace the usual site-on-scene campus lab sessions that met once per week with Zoom video chat sessions during the same normal class times of 8am -12pm on Fridays. This gives students the ability to attend the video class sessions at the same normal class time – if you can. (No one is loosing points if they can not or do not make it, or if they do not have the technology to do this – we will find alternative methods for those who need them) – If you can not attend the video class session, I will post the recaps and info to our class website – – so that you can review them when and how you can. These sessions will help cover the new demonstrations for assignments, live troubleshooting of your questions and critiques of our work.

I will conduct our class online during our normal class-time remotely via the video chat application ZOOM  (zoom is FREE) – I will sync this with our class website. The class website, as you know, is the main place / space for all course content, assignments, student work, course information, lessons, videos, and resources. I will also cross post the information to blackboard as a back-up.

**Please download the Zoom App for your phone and or your laptop / desktop computers – You can join in from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: (having a good wifi connection is advisable if possible but it also works over cellular data)

Need WIFI? This may be of use:

U.S Providers Offering FREE Wi-Fi or Special Accommodations for 60 Days

Here are the scheduled up and coming Zoom meetings:

Prof. Ryan Seslow’s CGII ARTC251 Class
Starting again Friday March 27th, 2020 @8:00 AM

Join the Zoom Meeting via URL here:

Join the Zoom Meeting via Meeting ID: 449 258 871

Friday – Mar 27, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – Apr 3, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – Apr 10, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – Apr 17, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – Apr 24, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – May 1, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – May 8, 2020 @8:00 AM
Friday – May 15, 2020  – Final Critique (10am – 12pm)

Class Schedule:

Fridays – 8:00am – 12:00pm – Bring your assignment work in progress, questions, references and suggestions to our remote video classes via zoom – this will cover demonstrations of software, and also present relevant content for the projects we are working on. You can share your screen and again, ask questions.

How will students submit their work: (past and present)

Students will submit work to me via e-mail, google drive, dropbox, or any other method that makes it easy for them to submit the work. (Keep in mind, some files are large, if the files exceed 20 megabytes they will not reach me on the nyit server – in that case use free sources like google drive, dropbox or

Projects / Assignments:

We will focus on another 2 projects (this includes the current project) and a final project that will display a sum total of the skill sets that we have and will continue to cover. I will also place an emphasis on a class collaboration with adobe photoshop and illustrator skills along with how to make a pdf. portfolio of the semesters completed work. Projects can always be found on the projects / assignments page on our class website.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions that you have. Im here to help –

Be well and please stay safe.


Assignment #2 – The Potentials of the Self-Portrait ZINE

Poster & Zine Design. We will bring together the applications of a vector portrait, composition, image, typography, animation & ZINE layout.


Museum Exhibit Poster (examples will be shown in class – as well as a series of Illustrator vector demonstrations)

Choose one or more of these styles/movements of art to create a vector based poster using a SELF-Portrait:


Process: Research! Find and discover a series of images and references to work from. Your research should inspire you! Create a new project folder titled “Portrait Project” – save these images to your project folder. Create your self-portrait in the style of the Art Movement that you chose for a Museum Exhibition. It should be obvious which style you picked without seeing the title.

*Your self-portrait IS the artwork for the poster campaign that you create for the exhibit. You must design the poster in 2 sizes – one landscape and one portrait orientation. I suggest 11” x 17” (or slightly smaller)

Your self-portrait must first be drawn in Illustrator and can be brought into Photoshop later for manipulation, (like adding blended color, additional imagery or effects.) After you illustrate your self-portrait, you’ll create the actual poster for the ex­hibit.

Specifications: The museum having the exhibit you’ve chosen is: SAM, Seattle Art Museum. Find out more about the institution at this website

(Or another Museum of your choice if you wish)

For the project please use the SAM logo as it is: (attached as a download link here) *feel free to re-render the logo on your own if you wish. (This does not mean change it)

You may use any of the tools in Illustrator that we’ve learned or explored and also find and experiment with new ways to draw. You can work from a photo in Illustrator as demonstrated in class.

**Do the Portrait First. Then compose the poster. :))

Minimum required copy/text for the poster is:

Title: New Voices Exhibit (or another title of your choice)

Date: April 15th – May 30th 2020

Opening time and Date: Opening Reception, April 20th 7PM-9PM

A contextual link:

A Museum logo : *(the S.A.M logo)

Fonts and colors – are entirely student choice. Students may ADD additional copy, but may not delete from the minimum above.

Submissions & Due Dates: TBA – Students will submit to me via our class google drive folder – (set up a folder for yourself)

the 2 final versions of the poster project as both a PDF file saved from Adobe Illustrator as well as a high resolution JPG. saved from Photoshop (I will give a demonstration on this)

PART 2 – We will discuss this next week – We will later focus on creating an animated version of the portrait and preparing the portraits for a class collaborative ZINE that will be donated to the NYPL’s public ZINE collection – 


Research / Inspiration / Tutorial – Check out these links below:


Art Movement Resources:


Week #4 – Recap & Info

In our last class session before the EPIC Giphy HQ visit we discussed our final postcards / project #1 submissions! (did you submit yours by e-mail?) We talked about the revision process, effective communication and who is on the receiving end of your design work. The class executed great work on this project as whole!

In context to our trip to Giphy, we discussed the process of making something “static” move. We introduced the animation process of making .gifs and talked about how even 2-4 subtly altered frames can begin to change the effect of how something is communicated and presented by making it move.

I gave a class demo using the “Puppet Warp” feature in photoshop, as well as how to convert individual frames into a stack using the photoshop timeline. (we will revisit this in class this week)

Its time to animate our postcards, lets discuss the process of converting static images into moving and motion based digital art works. Here are a few puppet warp demos to get you excited! HQ Visit & Reflection

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This past Friday 2/21/20 we had a great opportunity to visit the HQ in NYC. Giphy as we know is the Internets first search engine for animated GIFS (and much more now!) The company has built a huge brand and culture around, well, GIFS! We learned about the many, many exciting parts of the company and received a great presentation and tour. The Artist repository is HUGE! Do you have some favorites? If so, share the link in the comments section and tell us why!

This coming week we will be working on the process of turning something static into animations. (Our Postcard project) We will use the animated GIF format and output our work both here in this post (Ill build us a gallery as the works flow in) as well as to the individual Giphy accounts everyone has created. E-mail to me some of your picts taken at Giphy!

*Assignment – In the comments section directly below, please leave your impressions, thoughts, feelings and questions about our visit to Giphy! (PS – I have to manually approve all comments so they may not show up instantly, no need to post twice :))