Process & interaction: Digital workshops round-up

 Last weekend saw two very successful Digital Aesthetic³ workshops take place in Preston, in collaboration with Curious Minds & John O’Shea; and the Artlab Printmaking Department at UCLan.

Each workshop aimed to examine different aspects and applications of ‘the digital’, and explored how digital processes and methods can be used in teaching practice and printmaking projects, respectively.

Interaction, networking & the digital in the every day

Artist & researcher John O’Shea led a sold-out INSET day for teachers on Friday 16th November, produced by creative social enterprise Curious Minds.

The workshop broke down digital concepts and terminology (such as ‘interactivity’, ‘glitch aesthetic’ and ‘augmented reality’) and aimed to improve teachers’ confidence in discussing digital art in the classroom.

“We took in a tour of the whole show and considered the wide range of ideas and approaches drawn upon by the artists in the Digital Aesthetic show. A particular highlight were the works which overlapped into the Harris’s more traditional spaces.

We looked at the works in terms of “what” we were being physically presented with, the “process” by which the work had been made and what it brought to mind – how we felt. Later we considered how some of the approaches taken by the artists in the show might translate to the classroom (or not).”

93% of participants noted an immediate improvement in their understanding and confidence around digital art and technology following the workshop!

 You can read more about the aims of the day, the activities, and the resources/tools used at John O’Shea’s blog Digital Etc.

Process, play and printDigital Printmaking Workshop

UCLan’s print-making experts and Digital Aesthetic³ co-curators David Henckel, Tracy Hill and Magda Stawarska-Beavan led a hands-on printmaking workshop on Saturday 17th November, in response to the digital print exhibition showing as part of Digital Aesthetic³.

Participants explored an intensive creative process utilized by artists such as Katsutoshi Yuasa in his ‘Pseudo Mythology’ series, which combines traditional and digital printmaking methods.

From their own photograph brought on a USB, participating artists used Photoshop software, digital print, screen-print and hand-cut lino print to complete their artworks!

“It was a thoruoghly enjoyable and informative day which gave everyone a taste of three different processes (digital manipulation, screenprinting and linocut) – made even more interesting by its connection to a current exhibition. More of that please!!”

Read more about the day at The Two Hats.

 Image credits: Top: John O’Shea. Bottom: David Henckel.