Meet an Instructor: Patrick FitzGerald, Plug-N-Play workshop

By CAM Raleigh | January 18, 2012

Plug-N-Play: Video Game Graphics will be taught by Patrick FitzGerald along with his students and colleagues from the Advanced Media Lab. In this workshop, participants will create their own graphics in an interactive game, and then adjust how elements in the game behave. The workshop is open to students in grades 8–12. There are spaces remaining, check it out here if you'd like to sign up for this exciting workshop!

Patrick FitzGerald is an exhibiting artist in ID:ENTITY. He teaches in the Department of Art and Design at NC State University College of Design, and holds an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been exhibited across the United States and Japan. Patrick and his colleagues at the Advanced Media Lab are also contributing an interactive artwork for the upcoming exhibition, Born Digital.

Here's what Patrick has to say:

What do you do? I am an artist/designer who teaches design and new media.

How did you get to where you are today? I have been painting and drawing, as my artistic outlet, since I was 12. I received an art scholarship to go to college and then was accepted to graduate school. After 10 years of creating art, I received my breakthrough job at the then famous Center for Creative Imaging.

Why are you teaching this workshop? People think working in digital games is harder than it really is. Tools (like the one we will share during the workshop) for making games will begin to be easier to use and allow more creative people to participate in digital media.

What can participants expect to do, learn, or make in your workshop? Students will help plan the game, create "assets" or graphics, learn a production pipeline, and MAKE A GAME!

What's your favorite material?  I like projected light! There is something magical about it.

Favorite color or color palette? I think of color in terms of color relationships. That question, to my mind, is like asking what your favorite musical note is.

Best thing you've ever made? The decision to adopt our daughter.

Favorite place? Right next to my daughter.

Favorite designer (and why)? Charles and Ray Eames are hard to beat! They worked at the highest levels in so many different mediums. They emanate the optimistic and chance-taking spirit of successful designers.

Favorite artist (and why)? It changes all the time. Right now, I would say Calder. His sense of humor and inventiveness are always refreshing.

Most important thing to remember when desiging/making? Always be working, don't wait for the "greatest " idea to come to you before you get started.

Favorite object or tool (and why)? The eraser. It is a tool that helps create by taking away from the work. It promotes chance-taking. It invites the viewer to "fill in the blank."

Anything else we should know? You do not need ANY experience to come to this workshop–just artistic enthusiasm!

Sign up for Plug-n-Play: Video Game Graphics today! 

Meet an Instructor: Shelley Smith

By CAM Raleigh | November 28, 2011


Shelley Smith, instructor for CAM Raleigh's Adhesive Accessories Workshop

Shelley Smith is an active textiles artist, a recent graduate of NC State University College of Design, a studio member at Bonded Llama, and the Head Gallery Attendant at CAM Raleigh. We are excited to have her teaching our next middle school workshop, Adhesive Accessories! Shelley answered a few questions to give us a little insight into her work and her upcoming workshop.

In this middle school workshop, students will create accessories using an assortment of tapes including duct, electrical, and packing It will be held on Saturday, December 3 from 10–12 a.m. There are a few spaces remaining, check it out here if you'd like to sign up for this fun workshop!

Here's what Shelley has to say:

What do you do?  Where do I start! I work at CAM Raleigh as the Head Gallery Attendant. If you've visited the museum you've probably seen me at the front desk. I also lead guided tours at CAM Raleigh which allows me to talk about art, which is one of my favorite things to do. I am a working artist and have studio space at Bonded Llama Studios. I primarily work with textiles and focus on the intersection of the traditional and the contemporary within the medium. I am a founding member of the Common Seam Collective, a group of active fiber artists which keeps my plugged in to my community. I also sew freelance for a local band merchandising company, Tannis Root, making custom pieces for bands that want something a little more unique than a screenprinted t-shirt to sell at their shows. But my most favorite job is teaching. I love working with the students that come into CAM Raleigh and seeing the amazing work they come up with.

How did you get to where you are today?  Just keep moving forward!

Why are you teaching this workshop?   I love teaching. I have learned as much from my students as they have learned from me.

What can participants expect to do, learn, or make in your workshop?  My workshop is called Adhesive Accessories. We are going to take an everyday material, tape, and manipulate it to create all kinds of wearable objects. We will push our expectations of what the material is capable of to make something completely new and fresh.

What's your favorite material?  Textiles! There are so many possibilities, conceptually and technically.

Favorite color or color palette?  I wear mostly neutral colors but I have recently been delving into purples and greens. In my art, I work with whatever colors are appropriate for the project.

Best thing you've ever made?  My grandma's cornbread.

Favorite place?  Home.

Favorite designer?  I can't pick just one, but I am currently inspired by designers that are using traditional handcrafting techniques in modern ways.

Favorite artist?  Again, it's so hard to choose one! I admire so many artists each for different reasons. I love people like Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, and Eva Hesse for blazing the trail for the female artists who came after them, and I'm into what's going on now with street artists like Swoon, and fiber artists like Sonya Clark.

Most important thing to remember when desiging/making?   What you are making right now will not be the last thing you ever make, nor will it the one thing that defines you as a designer. Don't forget to lighten up and enjoy the process!

Favorite object or tool?  My vintage wood and metal embroidery hoop. I found it in a box of unwanted textiles still attached to a project. It is so well worn, I love it!

Anything else we should know?  I am totally obsessed with my dog and my cat. Don't ask about them if you don't want to see pictures.


Meet an instructor: Cayce Lee

By CAM Raleigh | November 22, 2011

Cayce Lee, instructor for CAM Raleigh's textile workshop

Cayce Lee, an active artist, busy grad student, and veteran teacher, was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself and her upcoming workshop at CAM Raleigh.

In this  workshop, inspired by Alabama Chanin's work in Deep Surface, students will create scarves using reverse appliqué techniques. It will be held on Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (rescheduled from December 3). There are a few spaces remaining, check it out here if you'd like to sign up for this exciting workshop!

***Update: This workshop is open to ages 14+ including high school and college students and adults!

Here's what Cayce has to say:

What do you do? Right now, I'm making fiber-based sculpture and installation work with metal, plastic, and glass.

How did you get to where you are today? I went to undergrad at Duke and majored in Art and Sociology. Then I started working at art-based non-profits where I found that I loved teaching, which led to a job teaching art at an elementary school in Winston-Salem for about five years. At the same time, I got really immersed in my studio practice, which led me to grad school in Fibers and Surface Design at the College of Design at NCSU, where I also teach intro courses in Art and Design.

Why are you teaching this workshop? I first learned about Natalie Channin's work because she was a graduate of the grad program I'm in right now. Her work is inspiring not only because it's beautiful, but it also helps the economy of the local community where she grew up. I love teaching classes where you get to leave wearing something one-of-a-kind that you made in just a few hours!

What can participants expect to do, learn, or make in your workshop? We'll be making reverse appliqué scarves inspired by the fashion of Alabama Channin. We'll start by learning about Natalie Channin's work, then design templates for the motifs on our scarves, followed by a quick stitching demo, then cut and sew away!

What's your favorite material? Right now—rusted metal.

Favorite color or color palette? Is that a trick question? 

Best thing you've ever made? New friends.

Favorite place? The Y.

Favorite designer? Roberto Cavalli. His sense of style is fearless—I love how he mixes unexpected prints together and often adds leather details. His clothes make women look beautiful and edgy at the same time.

Favorite artist? Right now, Cal Lane because she can do incredible things with an oxy acetylene torch—she turns rusted objects into lace!

Most important thing to remember when desiging/making? Stay loose and try not to be too perfectionistic—making is about getting into a flow, and being overly concerned with little mistakes makes it difficult to get into a good rhythm.

Favorite object or tool? A crochet hook—it's a super simple device, you can take it anywhere, and you don't have to be very precise to make something amazing with it.

Anything else we should know? I'm also a member of the Common Seam Collective (CSC), a collective of fiber artists that was founded here in Raleigh. You can check out pics of my work on our website: Also, if you happen to be in Winston-Salem, check out the Out of Fashion show at SECCA (the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) where you can see a collaborative piece I worked on with a few other collective members—the show is up until March 4th.

Detail image of Cayce Lee's work