Art and the App: A User Experience Design Workshop

By Mandi Geiselman | February 5, 2013

Art and the App: A User Experience Design Workshop
March 23, 2013 / 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. / $50
CANCELLED - will offer again in FALL 2013!
with instructors Robin Vuchnich and Will Walkington (Masters candidates in Graphic Design, NC State University)
Open to high school students, grades 9-12 

Join us in this workshop as we look at art and user experience in mobile application design. Using Alistair McClymont's art app Unix Time as a starting point for discussion, participants will explore mobile applications as a platform for creating an interactive digital work of art. Students will engage in the processes of concepting, wireframing, and designing their own art apps and will leave the workshop with an app prototype of their own design! This workshop is a great introduction to the rapidly expanding field of user experience design.

Will Walkington holds a BA in fine art from Kalamazoo College, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in graphic design at NC State University’s College of Design. Prior to entering graduate school, he worked professionally for five years at an environmental graphic design firm in Chicago, in addition to freelance work involving print, web and exhibition projects. 

Robin Vuchnich holds a BFA in Communication Arts from ECU and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Graphic Design at NC State University. Prior to graduate school, Robin served as a senior designer at Capstrat and later as Creative Director for the Raleigh communications agency, Signal Design. Robin is also the principal of her own business, Vuchnich Design. Over the past decade, Robin's work has been consistently recognized by juried competitions including the Addys, the AIGA and PRINT Magazine.

At this time we are only able to accept payment by check. Once you have registered online, you may mail your check for the amount listed above (made out to NCSU) to:

CAM Raleigh
c/o Julia Rice
409 W Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

Thank you for your interest in our workshops. We hope to see you soon!

CAM Raleigh is a non-collecting museum that explores what’s now and presents an always-changing museum experience. CAM Raleigh is a collaboration between the Contemporary Art Foundation, the community of Raleigh and North Carolina State University’s College of Design. CAM Raleigh is generously supported by the Contemporary Art Foundation, North Carolina State University, individual and corporate members, private and corporate foundations, and government agencies. CAM Raleigh is located at 409 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27603, between Harrington and West streets and in the heart of Raleigh’s Depot National Register Historic District and Warehouse District. CAM Raleigh has a parking lot; additional parking is available at metered spots on the street or at the Davie Street Parking Lot located at 201 W. Davie Street. Information about CAM Raleigh’s exhibitions, programs, and special events is available on the CAM Raleigh website at camraleigh.org or by phone at 919.513.0946. Follow @camraleigh on twitter.
Thank you for your interest in our workshops. We hope to see you soon!

A Speedy Love Story

By CAM Raleigh | January 18, 2013

CAM/now Speed Dating – It Can Happen For You!
By Beth Eiserloh Johnson

We are so thrilled to be hosting the second annual CAM/now Speed Dating event on February’s First Friday! It was a great time last year and we were so pleased with the awesome excitement and turn-out we got from local young professionals looking to mingle. Last year’s event seemed to be a hit with all involved and we even had a few actual love matches. One couple in particular met during the event and are happily together still!

Both local creative professionals, Pete and Evette hit it off immediately and struck up a romance that turned into a great relationship. I decided to embarrass them a bit and see if they’d answer my Q&A about their experience and relationship and they were game! So thank you, Pete and Evette for going for it and signing up for Speed Dating last year and also for humoring us with this fun Q&A:

What was the first positive thing that you noticed about the other person during your speed-dating round?
    Pete: Evette looked extremely beautiful but not my usual type. I was slightly intimidated at first but once I started talking to her I realized she was super cool, energetic and unique. Very quickly I felt a connection and completely at ease. The more we talked the more we seemed to have in common.
    Evette: Handsome and incredibly confident. Immediately I was interested in finding out how his brain worked. His gorgeous eyes and attractive beard were very distracting... mmmm.

Do you recall what you talked about in your 7 minute speed-dating conversation?
    Pete: I asked her what her hobbies were and what she was passionate about. She said she liked diverse music, weird art, good food and skateboarding. She talked about her creative career that she enjoyed. I thought it was too coincidental as I'm passionate about the same things and also have a creative career that I love. I was intrigued but it seemed almost too good to be true so I was optimistically skeptical. I needed to find out more.
    Evette: He is the only person that has ever trumped me at coolest job. Then to go on to say he loved skating, snowboarding ... did I mention the handsome face and beard? At one point I smacked the girl friend I came with and asked "have you met Pete?" I knew they spoke prior to me. As to say "holy s**t this guy is awesome!" I was overwhelmed.

What was your first date after the CAM speed-dating event?
    Pete: For our first solo date I took her to a hockey game. We destroyed the other team 5 to 1 so it was a super fun time. There were fights, a little blood on the ice, and we got free queso after the 5th goal. We didn't want the night to end so after the game we shot some pool, listened to music, then finished the evening with a few Dethklok episodes ... laughing uncontrollably until the wee hours of the morning.
    Evette: We went to a hurricane's hockey game together. So fun and comfortable. The night was like being with a childhood best friend ... they know your quintessential self. I still have my ticket stub from that night in my wallet. "Free queso!!!!!"

How does art (of any variety) play a role in what you like to do as a couple?
    Pete: It factors into everything. We have very similar tastes in art, music and food so we love going to museums, concerts and new restaurants. We love exploring, eating and adventuring so living a creative life together is the most compatible and fun relationship I've ever had.
    Evette: It plays a daily role. We seem to consistently be going to galleries, creating delicious meals, attending shows/concerts, hiking, critiquing, magical daily happenings.

What are you top 3 favorite qualities about the other person?
    Pete: She is the most loving, passionate and caring person I have ever met. She is extremely driven and athletic. Most importantly she's a genuinely happy person and loves living life to the fullest. I'm the luckiest guy on the planet to have her in my life.
    Evette: Pete is incredibly generous, tender hearted, and the sweetest person. He is the love of my life and my best friend.

Do you have “a song” as a couple?
    Pete: "I love your face" by Kali Briis. Amazing song but a million times better while watching the music video. We have a bunch more but that was one of our first.
    Evette: Yes many! But I'm sensitive to keeping those for us. I hope you understand.

Describe each other with just 2 words:
    Pete: Vivacious, Benevolent
    Evette: Quietly Strong, Tender Heart

What is your favorite downtown Raleigh spot (for food/drinks/date night)?
    Pete: Too many to list but a few in the Raleigh/Pittsboro/Carrboro area are: Oak Leaf, Kings, Pooles, Neptunes, Beasleys, Cat's Cradle, Acme, Lantern, Captial Club, NCMA, Flanders and of course CAM. The most special evenings are reserved for chilling at either of our homes absorbing art, music, food and drink. Just being together and relaxing is the best, we can have fun anywhere.
    Evette: Poole's, Capital Club, Kings, Beasley's, Fox Liquor, Oak Leaf, Neptunes, Raleigh Times, Acme, Glass Half Full, Cradle, 506, Lincoln, home is the best!

Do you have any advice for future CAM speed-daters?
    Pete: Be yourself and hope the compatibility gods are smiling upon you.
    Evette: Meet new friends and expect the best.



Maybe it’s time for you to meet your creative love match as well…sign up for a speed-dating slot by filling out this online form by Wednesday, January 30 at 5pm. Please note this event has limited space and last year we filled up fast! Only serious RSVPs please, as this event is in high demand. 



Couples take note...pass this along to your I-Can't-Believe-You're-Still-Single friends and then come with them to the event. You can browse the galleries and participate in other First Friday events while they speed date.



First Friday admission is $5 and FREE to all members.

Jeanna Interns at CAM!

By internjeannay | January 9, 2013

Hey! I am Jeanna Young and I was an Art Education intern for my Fall 2012 semester. I feel so lucky to have been able to get a behind the scenes look at the workings of CAM! In the education department there is never a dull moment and Nicole or Julia always had a plan that they wanted me to help put into action. It was really cool to get to watch the brainstorming process of professional museums workers. It was as if each art workshop was a piece of art in itself complete with a unique process.

My first art workshop that I assisted with was Urban Drawing taught by Scott Renk. During this workshop students learned the basics of field drawing in the urban atmosphere. Scott brought a variety of tools for the students to sketch with including an awesome fountain pen that the students took turns using. We started off by the Amtrak station, which was more rural with a field, barbed fence, and the Raleigh skyline ahead. Then, we moved into the city moving on every few minutes that that the students could get multiple vantage points of the city. This workshop opened my eyes to the beauty of downtown Raleigh. Through drawing my surroundings I was forced to notice my city of Raleigh on a more intimate level and was able to fall in love a little more with the city in which I live.

I especially enjoyed helping out with the First Friday creation station because of the wide group of people that it attracted. The beauty of the creation station activity is that it is made so all ages can enjoy it. Grandparents can get just as much satisfaction out of the activity as their elementary aged grandchildren. The creation station is very inviting and gives museum goers the ability to not only appreciate art but put their creative juices to work! The October First Friday used magazine collage to combine text with image. Using the materials provided participants were able to create mini cartoon sequences, political statements based on the upcoming election, and a wide variety of unique collage pieces of art!

As part of our internship Katie and I were given the opportunity lead a First Firday Creation Station. Katie headed the September Frist Friday which was based off of the exhibition “Girl Talk.” Participants created interesting visual and social statements from stenciled and cut out letters of different size, font, boldness and color.
I was assigned the December First Friday. Brainstorming for the event started about a month ahead of time. After coming up with a few ideas that might work I layed out a lesson plan for each idea, with an outline including the designated age group, the project steps, and materials needed with a rough estimate of the budget. With help form Nicole and Juila I was able to create a final lesson plan for the event! The project uses potato stamps and recycled t-shirts to create fun wearable pieces of art. The project is inspired by the renowned artist’s, Angel Otero’s, exhibition. Angel reconstructs dried paint skins on a canvas to create beautiful compositions. He process is about exploration of ones materials as much as it is the final product.
I was impressed by the creative accessories and garments that were created!

December Family Sunday was a highlight of my experience at CAM. The Triangle Ballet performed beautiful pieces from the Nut Cracker and put everyone in the Holiday spirit. Up in the crafts center children were able to make their own snow globes from gumdrops, peppermint pieces, and “fake snow.” At the other workstation children created their own holiday finger puppets made from coin wrappers and a vast array of googely eyes, mini fuzzies, pipe cleaners, and colored paper.

Interning at CAM has been an amazing experience. It was so much fun to work in an environment that encourages creativity in the workplace CAM has made me realize that it is possible to go into the “real world” and still do what you love. I look forward to helping out with future CAM events!

Weekend Design Challenge: 21st Century Phone Booth

By CAM Raleigh | January 5, 2013

Weekend Design Challenge: 21st Century Phone Booth
March 9 + 10, 2013 / 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. each day / $30 total

with instructor Miles Holst (freelance designer and CAM Raleigh Education rockstar) and College of Design Students
Open to grades 9-12

Join us for our first two-part workshop!! Participants will partake in a lively hands-on design challenge to produce innovative modular "telephone booths" that bridge the gap between 20th century and 21st century communication technology, user experience and interface design. The idea came from the thought that nowadays, you can do so much more than call someone using a smart phone, but once upon a time, you had to find a phone booth in order to make a simple call. This workshop asks the question "What if there were phone booths that could do everything an smart phone can do, but using the technology of the phone booth era?"

In a Workshop that explores an artistic design idea with real-life application (New York City Mayor Bloomberg has recently posed a similar design challenge to leaders in the fields of technology and design to create such booths for the Big Apple), students will work in teams, competing against and working with other teams to create the most visually and audibly communicative booths possible. These full-sized vessels of modern communication will be installed at CAM Raleigh for public view during the Teen Art Exhibition, May 3–6, 2013. If you are interested in design, art, technology, and challenging your creativity, this workshop is not to be missed!

Miles Holst is a da Vinci scholar with degrees in Art & Design and Communication Media. Apart from working as a freelance designer he's also spent time as a librarian and a TV news floor director/camera operator. Miles has also produced video installations for MTV and the City of Raleigh. His artistic ventures often focus on human environments, synthetics, image making, and 20th century AV media production.

At this time we are only able to accept payment by check. Once you have registered online, you may mail your check for the amount listed above (made out to NCSU) to:

CAM Raleigh
c/o Julia Rice
409 W Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

Thank you for your interest in our workshops. We hope to see you soon!

CAM Raleigh is a non-collecting museum that explores what’s now and presents an always-changing museum experience. CAM Raleigh is a collaboration between the Contemporary Art Foundation, the community of Raleigh and North Carolina State University’s College of Design. CAM Raleigh is generously supported by the Contemporary Art Foundation, North Carolina State University, individual and corporate members, private and corporate foundations, and government agencies. CAM Raleigh is located at 409 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27603, between Harrington and West streets and in the heart of Raleigh’s Depot National Register Historic District and Warehouse District. CAM Raleigh has a parking lot; additional parking is available at metered spots on the street or at the Davie Street Parking Lot located at 201 W. Davie Street. Information about CAM Raleigh’s exhibitions, programs, and special events is available on the CAM Raleigh website at camraleigh.org or by phone at 919.513.0946. Follow @camraleigh on twitter.

My Experience as a Program Intern!

By Katelyn Scheuerle | December 18, 2012

           Hey everyone!!! My name is Katie Scheuerle and I am currently a sophomore majoring in Design Studies at NC State's College of Design. For the fall semester of my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to be an Education Program Intern at CAM Raleigh. This internship has allowed me to meet a bunch of incredible people and participate and assist in many of the wonderful programs hosted at CAM Raleigh, such as Family Sundays, First Fridays, and the 2012 Presidential Election Party.


           Family Sunday was one of my first big programs at CAM and one of my favorites. It allows families in the community to come interact with the exhibitions at CAM and participate in a variety of fun hands-on activities. I was able to experience a Halloween themed Family Sunday called Monster Mash-Up, where the children and their parents would dress up early in their Halloween costumes (I was a mouse). During this program I setup materials so that each child and parent could make a monster mask and ghost to take home with them! It was entertaining to make crafts with the kids and it was neat to see how differently and creatively children view the exhibitions.

           Family Sunday
           Over my internship, I was able to be a part of two First Fridays (November and December). First Friday is an event that happens once a month around the Raleigh area and showcases many Art Museums and Galleries to the public. Each First Friday, CAM puts on a variety of programs for the public to view and participate in. The November First Friday included a DJ, food trucks, student docents, and the Wear Your Words Creation Station put on by yours truly! The Creation Station acts as a place for visitors to stop by and create a craft to take home with them that is inspired by one of our exhibitions at CAM. I chose to include the work of Kim Rugg and Maya Schindler from the exhibition Girl Talk as the basis for November’s Creation Station. Each guest had the opportunity to make a wearable pin that was made up of a word/words that created a message or statement for the rest of the people to see. The pins not only provoked thought, but created a sense of unity and expressiveness. We used newspaper clippings and stencils to create an impact with the different words and phrases on the pins. The December First Friday was inspired by Angel Otero and involved potato stamping fabrics to create wearable pieces of art. This creation station was very expressive and fun for the guests to be able to uses lots of bright colors. Overall First Fridays were one of my favorite parts of working at CAM, because it was an event that brought the public together and created awareness of the arts.

November First FridayFirst Friday
          Towards the end of my experience, CAM hosted an Election Party for the 2012 Presidential Election. This was an event that I was eager to help with, because I thought that the environment of people in the Jonathan Horowitz exhibit would be very exciting to experience while the results of the election were being released. For the Election Party, I assisted with the set up and greeted guests as they walked in the door! The ability to see the different political opinions and the comparison between the opposing parties news stations was an interesting way to welcome in the results and the new president of the United States. It was an opportunity that comes only once every four years and I’m glad I was able to spend this experience at CAM.
           

Over the course of my semester at CAM, I was able to meet and work with a group of inspiring people. This internship taught me that it’s not only important to put on an enjoyable program for others but also to be able to appreciate it and gain knowledge from the experience. By working at programs with designers of all ages, I have begun to see how different everyone’s thinking and creative process’s are. Through my experiences here I have been able to cherish that the art created by four year old child is just as beautiful and unique as the art created by an eighty year old. Everyone designs and creates differently and I hope to spend more time at CAM in the future collaborating with other designers