October 26 – December 9On exhibit from September 2 through October 21 will be “Transitions: Pottery and Paintings”, by Lori Roderick and Zaiga Minka Thorson, both of Rock Island, IL.
“At some point in life, we all must deal with the loss of our parents. Perhaps it is after an extended illness where we had to make difficult decisions about their care and well-being, while juggling travel and raising our own children,” explains Zaiga Minka Thorson. Thorson, who recently lost both of her parents, found comfort in confiding with her longtime friend, Lori Roderick, who is experiencing the emotional roller coaster of assisting aging parents. Both artists realized that through the creation of art, they could work through their feelings at a deeper level, and then be able to share a message of resilience and hope with others.
Lori Roderick (left) will display stoneware and terra cotta sculptural vessels embellished with designs, glazes and surface treatments. The pieces explore the importance of memory, family, hope, and faith.
Zaiga Minka Thorson (right) will exhibit paintings, some created with oils or watercolors and others with pen & ink. Emotions of love and loss are exuded through her brush strokes in every painting.
The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on November 4 at Quad City Arts in Rock Island, from 7-9 pm. Complimentary food and beverages will be served.
Digital Photography, Art 213, is offered both fall and spring semesters and is currently taught by Professor Kyle Petersen. According to the catalog description, “This course offers students of all levels a working knowledge of digital photography. Students will develop an understanding of operating a digital camera and explore photographic methods as they relate to digital images, develop their creative expression through photography, use relevant software for image modifications, and learn to value the contributions of photography to our global society.” This sounds like a tall order, but Petersen delivers on the promise by creating a humorous, supportive and challenging environment in which students are free to learn and explore the field of digital photography. Class periods involve lecture, hands on experience with the camera, and guided practice on exercises geared toward a true understanding of photographic concepts. Students are guided in learning how to operate a digital camera with a focus on understanding the various settings and functions of the camera. Additionally, the discussion of design principals, purposeful homework assignments, and honest critiques provide students with the tools needed to create interesting images. Computer programs such as Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Bridge are used for organizing, modifying, and developing digital images. Everything from buying a camera, to making and developing pictures is covered in this class. Art 213 teaches students everything they need to begin of the process of digital photography in a fun environment. So what are you waiting for?
Former BHC student John Bivens currently has his work on display in our Art Space Gallery. See below for more details!
We had some fun with our new green screen in the Digital Imagery class this morning. We shot some quick photos of our models and then utilized photoshop compositing techniques to drop in new backgrounds.
On Thursday we were fortunate to have local artist Krista Varsbergs speak to students and staff on her series "Finding Place." She shared insight on her materials, inspiration, processes and her education. Students and staff had many interesting questions and Krista was nice enough to answer them all in depth. Krista even spent time answering students questions one on one during refreshments. Events like this are great opportunities for students to meet and interact with local artists in a relaxed environment. I highly recommend that all students attend an artist reception on campus at the Art Space Gallery. A big thanks to Krista Varsbergs for sharing her art work and time with us here at Black Hawk College.
Art 231, also known as Darkroom Photography is taught by Kyle Petersen. The class is only offered during fall semesters, so plan ahead to fit it into your schedule. The class consists of lecture, shooting photographs in the field, and developing film and images in the darkroom. In this modern age of digital everything, darkroom photography almost seems like a thing of the past. We here at Black Hawk College are fortunate to still have a functioning darkroom. Mr. Petersen teaches the students all they need to know about how to produce black and white prints of images they have captured. Students learn everything from basic parts of a 35 mm SLR camera, to how to shoot and develop black and white film. This class is open to photography students of all skill levels. Required materials include a 35 mm SLR camera, black and white film and photo paper. During the first week of class Mr. Petersen covers many options for sourcing materials needed for the semester. The bookstore also stocks the film and paper needed for the class. Mr. Petersen stresses the importance of patience and safety when working in the darkroom. He also emphasizes the rewards of the tactile experience, such as watching a print develop and come to life before your eyes. The class starts off with camera and darkroom basics. Learning the basics starts with experimentation and trial and error, eventually taking the form of photograms. Photograms are images made on photographic paper by placing images directly on the paper rather than using a film negative. It is easy to make errors in the early stages of this class but is important to utilize your critical thinking to make appropriate changes in your development method to ensure a proper print. Holding a print that you created, from capturing the image to developing the film and paper, is a rewarding experience that I highly recommend everyone try.
2-D Design is a foundation level class designed for someone interested in the arts. It is additionally, a really important class to learn about composition, and design in general. In the class, Professor Murray teaches students to focus on design concepts, and vocabulary that artists use in their daily work life.
With the class being offered every semester, Professor Murray has the opportunity to see many different projects, and assignments done in many different ways. Some projects consist of drawing media, and painting media to explore elements and principles that all connect to design. Professor Murray, also emphasizes the importance of adopting habits of a professional through these projects, as well as the affect that design has to the viewer.
Black Hawk College is a community college with campuses located in Moline, IL (Quad Cities) and Kewanee, IL.
Students majoring in art at Black Hawk can pursue an Associate's Degree in Visual Communication, Art or Fine Art, or a certificate in Art Technology.
ArtSpace is Black Hawk College’s art gallery. Located in the hallway of Building 4 of the Quad-Cities Campus, ArtSpace displays exhibits that rotate on a monthly basis.