Monday, October 27, 2008

CSUN Animation Teams up with Pacific Asia Museum

CSUN Animation & Pacific Asia Museum partnership
THUR. OCT. 30, 11AM, AC300 Pacific Asia Museum Presentation
All students invited to presentation

2D Anime Projects
An opportunity for Animation students to make 2D Hand drawn Anime projects after studying the exhibit, The Samurai Re-Imagined: From Ukiyo-e to Anime. Students will be exposed to historic traditional arts of Japan, which are the classical roots of contemporary Anime. From this influence, students will develop & create their own animations. Projects must be approved and will be produced in Sp 09 term. Some animations might be exhibited at the museum.

Students interested in participating in Anime Projects must meet these requirements:
· ATTEND LECTURE: THUR. OCT. 30, 11AM IN AC300, Pacific Asia Museum Presentation.

· Study and use their images as influences to develop story concept & designs for an animation.

· Animations must be 2D hand drawn (Traditional or Wacom Tablet assembled in Flash) with storyboards & character designs.

· THUR. NOV. 13, 3pm-6pm, DUE: PROPOSALS & PITCH, to seek approval.


· Individual & Team projects are supervised & for college credit. Must enroll Sp 09 in one of: 363A Flash Team, 363B Concept, 443 Character Design, 463 Anim III Production.


· Arranged by Prof. Trujillo, for more info: <>

The Samurai Re-Imagined: From Ukiyo-e to Anime
Feb. 19 - Aug. 9, Exhibit explores roots of popular Japanese art forms of Anime animation in traditional arts of Japan by examining images of iconic warrior, samurai. By juxtaposing depictions of samurai in Edo era woodblock prints, ink paintings, historical photographs, animation cels & drawings, original manga panels, and toys, the exhibition will demonstrate the ongoing links between fine art and popular culture in Japan.

Left: Samurai Warriors on Bridge in Moonlight by Kuniyoshi, Japan, 19th century. Woodblock print of ink and color on paper. Pacific Asia Museum Collection, Henrietta Hill Swope Collection, 1981.12.123. Right: Samurai 7 by Toshifumi Takizawa, Japan, 2004. Full-color one-sheet poster. Courtesy of GONZO Studios.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


To All Art Students, Faculty & Staff

As mentioned at the last department meeting, the department is organizing a fun Halloween Bash in an effort to familiarize the art students with our student organizations. This will held be Friday, October 31st outdoors in the West Courtyard by the kiln shed, 2:00-6:00pm .

There are a variety of things in the works to make a fun event for our students – but the Art Community is welcome!

Come in your self-designed costume!

'Dear Mr. President' Project Gives CSUN Community a Voice

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Do you have something you want to say to the next president of the United States of America? Do you have a personal story or concern you want to share about this historic election? Faculty, staff, students and community members have until Thursday, Nov. 6, to visit Cal State Northridge's own version of the MTV-styled "confessional" booth.

The confessional booth is part of cinema and television arts lecturer Geri Ulrey's project: Dear Mr. President. The project involves the use of a mobile video booth located in a miniature house that travels around campus. Faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus are invited to record a video message addressed to the next president of the United States of America. Participants are encouraged to share personal stories, feelings and thoughts about their lives.The video messages will be organized, streamed from the project's Web site and mailed to theWhite House.

"My desire is to engage with young people regarding the political process," said Ulrey, who collaborated with the Art Department and several student organizations in designing the project and the house. "I believe that it is really important for people to hear themselves speak."

Geri Ulrey, Cinema and TelevisionArtsDepartment lecturer, instructs student Kemi George on how to balance the lighting for the camera used to record Dear Mr. President project letters. The project will be recording messages on campus at various locations untilNov. 6.

Geri Ulrey, Cinema and TelevisionArtsDepartment lecturer, instructs student Kemi George on how to balance the lighting for the camera used to record Dear Mr. President project letters. The project will be recording messages on campus at various locations untilNov. 6.

The video house is open now through Nov. 6 at various locations on campus. Ulrey, the project producer and director, said the project is nonpartisan. She plans to send the footage to the campaigns of both Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, no matter who wins on Nov. 4.

The project was funded through a grant from CSUN's Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Projects. Beck grants are awarded to faculty to provide students with opportunities to actively engage in and ultimately become responsible for their own learning. Projects must be completed in one year and all faculty and staff are eligible to submit projects, either individually or as a group.

Ulrey said students are involved at all levels in the project, from inviting visitors to taping messages and editing and uploading the messages.

"This is an opportunity to bring art to large numbers of people who wouldn't ordinarily have the opportunity, and to involve students on all levels," said Kim Abeles, professor of art. She said art students helped design the Victorian style miniature house as an on-campus public art piece. The idea for the house design came out of the notion that individuals are most comfortable talking about issues in cozy chairs in their own home, she added.

"It's portable, yet it's also a cozy place,"Abeles added.

So far, nearly a hundred students, faculty and staff have taped messages with themes ranging from concerns about the economy to health care.

During his tapedmessage, student Shahar Aframian said he was concerned about taxes, gas prices and the economy.

"I think those issues are more important than Iraq and the war," he added.

For more information about the project, visit

Wednesday, October 08, 2008