Workshops

The Grad Lab offers workshops on a variety of subjects. The Workshops listed here are open to all MICA graduate students. All graduate students are encouraged to attend as it never hurts to learn something new and some checkout equipment is restricted to those students who have attended a workshop on it's proper operation and handling. These Workshops are meant to serve as both an introduction to various topics as well as a survey of the tools, equipment and workflow the Lab has in place. Workshops are held in the Grad Lab on Thursday night from 7:30pm to 10:30pm unless otherwise noted.

 

Suggestions

If there is a subject you or your program might be interested in, please send us an email through our Contact page. You can also view past Grad Lab workshops here to help give you an idea of some of the topics that have been covered in the past.

 

Fall 2018 Grad Lab Workshop Schedule

Workshops will be held Thursdays 7:30 – 10:30pm in the Grad Lab unless otherwise noted.

 

DATE TOPIC  DESCRIPTION INSTRUCTOR

Aug. 30th 2018

Intro To Digital Printing

 

 

There is more to digital printing than just hitting Apple-P. This workshop will start with the basics of preparing images for printing on the Lab's large format printers. We will cover important details surrounding file preparations, the basics of color management and most importantly how to get the most out your experience using the Print Lab.

 

Patrick Hunt 

Sept. 6th 2018

Lighting

 

This workshop will serve as an introduction to lighting concepts and practices, from basic lighting schemes to more scientific ideas like color temperature and the use of gels. We will also discuss how lighting effects every aspect of your shot, from depth of field to shutter speed, and how tools like light meters aren't as outdated as you might think. If you have shot grainy, flat-looking images in the past and are looking to avoid that in the future, this will help.

**If you would like to checkout Strobe or LED kits you must attend this workshop

Patrick Hunt

Sept. 13th 2018

Video Capture

From Mini DV to HD come take a look at the different cameras available for checkout and learn how they differ from one another. This workshop will cover the basics of SD vs. HD video cameras and introduce students to the different formats and cameras available for use through the Grad Lab.

**If you would like to checkout the Grad Lab's HD, UHD, and 4K video cameras you must attend this workshop

Patrick Hunt

Sept. 20th 2018

Sound Capture

When working with sound half the battle is starting with a good recording. This workshop will introduce students to the wide variety of microphones, accessories and recording devices available for field recording through the Grad Lab Checkout. Additionally, this workshop will cover some basic recording techniques, concepts and benchmarks.

Patrick Hunt

Sept. 27th 2018

Shoot your work 

So you make good work but every time you try to document it the resulting image does not do your piece justice. Well, this workshop will cover the basic concepts and techniques needed to make professional photographs of your 2D and 3D artwork. This workshop will focus on developing an approach to documenting work that can be applied with DSLRs and film cameras alike.

**If you would like to checkout the Grad Lab's medium format cameras you must attend this workshop

Patrick Hunt

Oct. 4th 2018

Scanning Film

This workshop will cover the basics of scanning film using Vuescan and the scanners available in the Grad Lab. If you are interested in using the Lab’s scanners to digitize film but don’t know where to start or if you have had trouble scanning film in the past this workshop is for you.

Sara Hill

Oct. 11th 2018

Video Editing

So you shot some video but now you need to make it into a cohesive project? The Video editing workshop will intro duce students to the concepts, terms, and workflow associated with using non-linear video editing software to create a finished video project.

Patrick Hunt

Oct. 25th 2017

Sound Editing

This workshop will cover the basic terms, tools and workflow for using Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) to assemble and edit dispirit audio snippets into a finished project. Additionally, the workshop will cover audio for video workflows and give a brief introduction to Pro Tools.

Patrick Hunt

Nov. 1st 2018

Cinematic Shooting

This workshop will introduce students to the cameras and accessories the Grad Lab has to support cinematic shooting. We will cover 5D cinema accessories the URSA and URSA Mini. The URSA is built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single person use through multiple “workstations” that are built into it’s design which enable every part of the crew to utilize different camera features. This workshop will introduce you to the URSA and discuss some of the particulars to both the camera and the workflow it's footage requires.

**If you would like to checkout the Grad Lab's URSA Kits you must attend this workshop

**If you would like to checkout the Grad Lab's 5D Cimena Kits you must attend this workshop

Patrick Hunt

Nov. 8th 2018

Intro to Processing

Ever been interested in learning an object oriented programming language? Created for artists, Processing is great introduction to computer programming. Whether you are creating highly intricate computer illustration or making interactive sound and video works, Processing provides a way to dip into any of these possibilities while learning a simple but expandable programming language, and its free! No experience necessary.

*** It is highly recommended that you attend both the processing and electronics workshops before attending the Physical Interface Workshop

Patrick Hunt

Nov. 15th 2018

Basic Electronics

 

This workshop will provide a short introduction to basic electrical components and how they can be assembled to create complex circuits. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in adding sensors, lights, or sound to their artwork. It is also an important preamble to our Physical Interface workshop. Whether your just curious or really ready to get started this is a great intro to electronics basics.

*** It is highly recommended that you attend both the processing and electronics workshops before attending the Physical Interface Workshop

 

Patrick Hunt

Nov. 29th 2018

Physical Interface

Who says your artwork has to sit still and be unresponsive to viewers? This workshop will introduce students to microcontrollers, a small computer you can use to detect, motion, heat, light touch and many other things. These devices can also allow you to control movement and talk to more traditional computers to control video, sound or whatever else you would like. In particular we will look at the Arduino microcontroller.

*** It is highly recommended that you attend both the processing and electronics workshops before attending the this one

Patrick Hunt

Dec. 6th 2018

Steadicam

 

When removed from a tripod, a camera traditionally has to be wheeled about on a dolly because a hand-held camera gives a shaky 'wedding photography' look that is unlike how we perceive the world. The idea behind Steadicam is to produce smoother shots by decoupling the camera from the operator’s body. This workshop will introduce you to the Steadicam Zephyr by demonstrating the correct usage and balancing of the Vest, Arm and Sled.

**If you would like to checkout the Grad Lab's Steadicam Kit you must attend this workshop

Patrick Hunt