Tuesday, October 11, 2016


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Student wine labels, Fall 2014

Every semester I have my Photoshop students create a California wine bottle lable. Here are some of teh better efforts.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Los Medanos College graphic design students created posters for 2014 Bike to Work day. Here's a slide show of a few. And don't forget to ride your bike!

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Amazing Art Department

Here's the trailer for the non-existant Art Department movie. You are welcome.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Gabe goes Gothic

Gabriel Linares drawing

This work, by student Gabriel Linares, illustrates an end-of-semester project in Ken Alexander's ART 12: Design Drawing course. The assignment specified that students must design an interior functional space in one or two-point perspective with a human figure for scale. In addition, students were to select an architectural style for the room and its furnishings, in this case, Gothic. Gabe’s work represents a very high level of skill combined with significant research and commitment applied to this very fine drawing.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Lafayette Hillside Memorial field trip

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Lafayette Hillside Memorial Honors_1392Instead of just sitting in a classroom and looking at slides in the dark, the Los Medanos College "Introduction to the Visual Arts" (Art 5) Honors class visited the Lafayette Hillside Memorial as part of a lesson on iconography, monuments and political art.  They talked about individual pieces of the monument, the monument as a whole, its purpose, and what they saw and felt.

They also got an unplanned surprise when one of the original founders of the memorial, Lynn MacMichael, happened by. She spoke about the problems with acceptance when it was first installed, and the continuing issues with vandalism. She also explained a few of the symbols we missed and even told a few funny stories.

Being Honors students, they even  climbed up to the top of the hill for a better view. They were also thrilled to get a little extra credit, because that's just the way they are.

Sounds good, doesn't it? Find out more about the Honors Program here.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


InDesign class Xavier Travis, working to match the type and image size on a print piece. It's all part of an exercise in his Adobe InDesign class (that's Art 50 for the numerically oriented.)

When he's matched it perfectly he'll go on and design his own masterful piece using the same information, but making it 13.76 times more interesting.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

LMC Advertising & Marketing Art Student wins big

Courtney Rodgers 2013 WINNER

Courtney Rodgers' artwork, Shed Some Light, was a big winner in Spring 2013. She was awarded Best of Division in Advertising Art at the Los Medanos College Student Art Show and also won the Graphic Design Division and a scholarship from the Discover Art League. The artwork was created in Rebecca Talley's LMC ART 25 Advertising and Marketing class. Courtney's winning design focused on increasing public awareness for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Friday, May 24, 2013

Ten bottles of wine on the wall, ten bottles....

It's that time of year again. LMC Photoshop students created mock up wine labels on bottles for real California wineries. Drink these in, and enjoy.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bike to Work Day 2013

It's time for Bike to Work Day again. As I do every year, I ask my Graphic Design students to make posters. Here are a few favorites.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Natural Dye Workshop

 As a continuation to her show in the LMC Art Gallery, artist Deepa Preeti Natarajan conducted a natural dye workshop in the nature preserve at Los Medanos College.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Meet Rebecca

Meet Rebecca Talley, Los Medanos College 2-D Design, Marketing Communication and Adobe Illustrator instructor.

As a working professional Rebecca brings her real-world marketing and design experience to LMC. Her 2D design class produces some of the departments most intriguing graphic work. Her Marketing Communication class uses assignments revolving contemporary political issues to fuel creative design solutions.

Rebecca's 2D design student Felipa C. Gonzalez won Best of Category and the Best of Show award in the art department's 2012 student exhibit. Click the slide show below to see the progression of images that won.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wine bottle design 2012


It's wine label time in the LMC Photoshop class. We just make the labels, we don't drink the wine. But some of them are so good it makes me want to.

I used to do this in my Illustrator class, but doing it in Photoshop seems to work even better.

I propose a toast to our students.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bike to Work Day 2012 posters

Los Medanos College Graphic Design students created these posters to encourage students to bike to LMC on the 2012 Bike to Work Day. OK, they also made them because it was an assignment, but they still did a swell job. Click above to see the slideshow, or click this to see it bigger and better, it's its own window.  And don't forget to ride your bike.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Curtis Corlew teaching photography in Cuba

That's right, LMC photography teacher Curtis Corlew (that's me, writing in the third person) is teaching his Location Photography class in Cuba during the summer 2012 session. I know you want to know more, so here's a link to the Photography In Cuba blog about the trip.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Winter break at the de Young

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Ken Alexander with Curtis's show favorite,  Tintoretto's Susanna and the Elders.

 Over winter break professors Ken Alexander and Curtis Corlew managed to visit the de Young museum just like they are always asking their students to do. Except they didn't assign papers to themselves. They spent a lot of time viewing Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna and a moment in the Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks show.

The guards kept saying "No photography allowed!" so they didn't make the photos shown here. They just imagined making them. Or something.

They give it all an enthusiastic thumbs up.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Wine label design

Hannah Rhinebeck bottle

You are a member of a family of California wine makers. You've been asked to design a new bottle for your families winery. Being a Photoshop student at Los Medanos College, your family knows it will be great.

That was the story I told my students when I assigned them to design wine label and mock up a wine bottle. The wonderful bottle of Sofia from the Coppola winery (check out that little hanging heart!) by Hannah Rhinebeck was one of many great efforts.

Here's a slide show of them all.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Honors Art 5 field trip to SF MOMA

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The Friday before Halloween LMC's Honors Art 5, and a few extra honors students, passports in order and shots current, journeyed to SF's Museum of Modern Art. We saw works we'd only seen reproductions of, including Diego Rivera, Freda Kahlo, Mark Rothko, Clifford Still, Alexander Calder and many others. Robert Arneson's self portrait was hit with the students, who just had to make photos with it.

Everyone got back in one piece, so we're claiming the trip was a success.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011



Tony G., an LMC Photo II student, really wanted to try an old-time photo process. We settled on making a cyanotype, because the process doesn't require a darkroom. It does, however, require a large negative. We solved that problem by making one in Photoshop and printing it a transparency on our laser printer. Tony bought a commercial "sun print" kit and we went to work. Watching the image appear in water, then explode into blue when dipped in hydrogen peroxide was a blast.

It's almost like we're in 1840 again. I'm hoping this is just the start of a grand, continuing experiment.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Art staff show 2011

Every year the LMC art staff panics when this show comes around. That's a good thing. It helps us remember that we're not only teachers, we are artists who need to be making art. So we do. And here it is.

Above, Lucy Snow's drums and Judi Pettite's painting.
Below, Judi Pettite, the Art Gallery director, with our new instructional assistant, Eric Sanchez.

The show runs through October 9, 2011


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Photoshop class project

The Fall 2011 Photoshop class had an assignment to conceptualize a word from a list. They had to start with a scan and use layers to colorize it it. These are some of the results.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bike to Work Day 2011

The Graphic Design Class created posters for 2011 Bike to Work Day. So, ride your bike, OK?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

High School Invitational Art Exhibit

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The Los Medanos College Art Gallery is hosting the Los Medanos College Fifth Invitational High School Student Art Exhibit from March 17 – April 14, 2011. The show is a juried art exhibition is open to all East Contra Costa high school students. It's a grand show this year, so don't miss it!

Congratulations to our winners
Wiomy Sternbergh, Best Painting, Deer Valley High School
Sydnie Sherman, Best Mixed Media, Freedom High School
Amanda Wallach, Best Ceramics, Deer Valley High School
Michelle Baker, Best Drawing, Freedom High School
Christian Villa, Best Photography, Pittsburg High School

John Paul Salve
, Jurors Award, Freedom High School
Calire Joseph, Jurors Award, Freedom High School
Gabe Tulchinsky, Jurors Award, Freedom High School

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Friday, February 4, 2011

California Design & Illustration

Hugh D'Andrade wall painting
Our galley shows always wow me, but this one just knocks me out. It's right up my alley and the work is all first rate. It's just plain fun to visit. The show only runs from February 3 to March 3, 2011, so don't blink.

Artist Hugh D'Andrade (above) actually painted a gallery wall for one piece. I'm already sad in advance knowing that it will be removed when the show ends. I'm plotting on ways to preserve it, but I don't think it's possible.

Lisa Congdon, Mati Rose McDonough, and Jason Munn complete the show with installations, illustrations and graphics. Check these links to their work, some of which is on exhibit at LMC.

You really want to see this show. The gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 12:30-2:30 PM and 5:30-7:30 PM.
Dave with students Gallery opening 2-3-11 -- graphics_0187 as Smart Object-1
David Tallitsch, Art Gallery Director, talks with students about the show.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Faculty field trip

Deyoung Post Impressionists exhibit
We don't just tell our students to go see art, we do it ourselves.

Despite huge backups on the Bay Bridge, Ken Alexander, Lucy Snow and Curtis Corlew managed to drag their significant others and a colleague from Marin to the deYoung Museum to see the Post Impressionist show. It was a beautiful day in the city, which explains the lack of parking and the 37,000 people attending the exhibit with us. Even though there was no air to breath, and we spent a lot of time looking at the backs of people, the show itself was simply amazing. If you can get there at all, do it.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Photography field trip

SF MOMA trip
I was a might depressed that out of the large group that promised to come on our field trip to San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art only two actually showed up. But maybe quality is better than quantity. We looked at the Henri Cartier-Bresson retrospective as well as "Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870." Both were filled with interesting work. We even had time to go through the Anniversary Show. Extra credit for attendees, shame and frowns for the ones who bailed on us.
SF MOMA Rothko

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

2-Dimensional drawing examples

It's a short slide show. Click it to see art!
We have drawing classes, and they are way cool. One is Rebecca Talley's 2-D Design class (Art-10). These are a few recent projects her students created. They come in knowing a little, and in a few weeks are making stuff like this.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Somewhere and Nowhere

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Paintings by Nick Borges and Cara Tomlinson are on display in the Los Medanos Art Gallery from October 7 to November 4, 2010. They're all not pictures of things, but rather paintings that are art. Does that sound frightening? You should come check them out, because even if you won't admit it, you know you are tired of paintings of, as my students call it, "scenery."

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Art Staff Exhibit 2010

Lucy and David's work
Yes, the Art Staff Exhibit 2010 is over now, but here's a photo or two anyway. That's Lucy Snow's sculpture and David David Tallitsch's drawing. This time I'm tossing in one of my pieces, instead of leaving them out and only showing other peoples stuff. So there. Curtis Corlew's photo below.

Diablo Junction with Joyce