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New Media Center at ComArtSci brings creative opportunities to students

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New Media Center at ComArtSci brings creative opportunities to students

rianna2A new media center to drive students’ ingenuity and inspire collaborative work is under construction in the Communication Arts and Sciences building at Michigan State University. According to ComArtSci Weekly, the college’s weekly newsletter for students, this new space will include a newsroom, motion capture lab and a game design studio.

The space was temporarily up and running on Nov. 8 to cover the 2016 Presidential Election. MSU has famously covered elections at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences in the past, including the 2012 election.

Prabu David, dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, shared the story behind the creation of the space.

“The inspiration came for (the media center) when I was in Los Angeles,” David said. “One of our alums runs a major ad agency. When I walked into this building, it was beautiful. You could see all kinds of young people working on creative projects. There was a certain buzz. The very moment I stepped in, I thought, ‘We should capture this.’”

Lucinda Davenport, director of the School of Journalism, said that a typical day in the newsroom will be full of activity because the student-produced TV news programs will be shot there, students will be doing photo shoots, making videos, creating voiceovers for radio and activities of all different types.

“There is a space in this room for almost every process of the story to happen to completion,” Davenport said.Troy Hale, a film and broadcast news professor at MSU, supported the idea of creating the media center’s newsroom. His vision for the space stemmed from the excitement and energy of 200 students and faculty working together four years ago during the previous “MI First Election.”

“I said to (Lucinda Davenport), ‘We need to have this everyday,’” Hale said.

Hale said that other than covering the November election, the newsroom will be used by classes to develop a daily news cast that will incorporate all mediums: print, online, broadcast and radio by January 2017.

According to David, a student will be able to sit in front of an anchor desk, turn the probiotic camera and lights on and stream live.

According to Hale, anchor, teleprompter and performance training will be necessary to get students ready for the newsroom.

“Students and professors will step up what they’re doing,” Hale said. “If you work in a new environment, you will work up to that level.” 

Stacey Fox, transdisciplinary artist in residence, was the force behind the addition of a motion-capture studio in the media center.

Fox said the College of Communication Arts and Sciences will be offering a motion capture class, open to all MSU students in Spring 2017, that would be great for actors, dancers, athletes, animators and others. Motion capture is proving to have an increasing presence at the college and the space will allow for versatile opportunities to learn.  

rianna1According to Fox, the motion capture studio coming to ComArtSci is unique. Unlike other systems, the equipment will be markerless, meaning that students won’t need to put on special suits or white markers on their joints to help the camera capture their movements. The system can also capture students exactly the way they look in 3D or take their movements and put that on any character. The equipment can also motion capture a student and put them into any environment.

Fox believes motion capture technology has a vital role in journalism because students can be motion captured in the studio and then put on the lawn of the White House, the United Nations Convention or the scene of a hurricane.

“We can – in real time, live – motion capture you and put you into any virtual reality environment. For news, let’s say we have the virtual reality environment of a storm scene. We can capture a student journalist and put them in that scene like they’re there in real time,” Fox said.

Students can also recreate moments in history through virtual reality. If Barack Obama came to the studio, for example, students could archive his voice and motion. Years later, another student can put on goggles and have a conversation with Obama as if they had been there with him. Fox said this is the concept of immersive journalism, where immersive environments are created and viewed by the public.

Fox believes that the media center will provide students with access to state of the art technology and the opportunity to experience what the professional industry workflow of a newsroom is like before they go out into the real world.

David spoke about how journalism is in dire need of new models and the millennials of this college generation are going to find them with their familiarity of multimedia.

The dean believes students can gain skills in the new space including journalism, television, radio, social media, interactive design, animation and game design.

“We do so much good work in our classrooms but it’s all hidden behind brick walls. We’re tearing down the walls and creating this beautiful environment,” said David. “You see the great work being done in the classrooms, the technology that students have access to, the innovative ideas of the future.”

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The Historical Evolution of the High Heel

What are seen as a symbol of the female population, high heels, have a very interesting backstory.

Contrary to what the majority of people know and believe, heels were originally invented for men (like so many other things). According to Roman Mars in his article “A Short History on the High Heel,” from class status to butcher shops to war, the heel played a few different roles in the lives of European men.

Wealthy men wore heels to flaunt their money to those less fortunate. Butcherers wore heels to avoid getting blood all over their shoes and pants. Soldiers wore heels on horseback so they could stand up and balance in their stirrups in order to use their guns.

High heels didn’t become something really designed for women until about the 18th century when men regarded them as impractical. After that they became highly marketed to women.

It was first in pornography that thin high heels, such as stilettos, were embraced. Later they became a big deal in fashion, like in magazines and seen on celebrities, and the epitome of femininity.

What does this tell us about our society and values?

Though it’s not very clear who invented the first high heel, the shoe has evolved through centuries and is now mainly worn by women. The big gender shift is interesting because it makes you wonder what the standards for clothing and accessories are, and who is “supposed” to wear them.

After talking with a few ladies about their heels, I have found a common theme. It seems that many women own at least five pairs. Also, to them high heels are empowering. They bring sophistication, confidence and elegance. None of the women said they wear heels to impress a man, as is a stereotypical assumption.

High heels can be a form of artistic expression. Megan Griffee a sophomore at Bethel College said, “I wear heels because they make me feel good about myself. They make my legs thinner and add some flair to my outfits.”


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From Sepia to Selfies: Photography exhibit opens in State library

The Historical Society of Greater Lansing opened a photography exhibit on Sept. 18, at the State of Michigan Library. “From Sepia to Selfies: 150 Years of Lansing Photography,” showcases 150 years of Lansing and East Lansing history—including the history of Michigan State University.

Vice President of the Historical Society of Greater Lansing Bill Castanier said that the idea for the exhibit came from three different sources.

The first inspiration came from the amateur photographer Clara Heldemeyer.

“She was a very advanced amateur photographer, and (the Historical Society of Greater Lansing) was given three photo albums full of her works,” Castanier said.

Heldemeyer was born in 1891, and she lived in the Lansing area until her death in 1982.  She had photographs in the World Fair of 1939, and she won a national photography award.

According to Castanier, Heldemeyer specialized in salon portraits and you can see her work at the exhibit.

“(The Historical Society of Greater Lansing) was thinking the state capital has always been a gathering place for all types of groups: from the Klu Klux Klan to the Girl Scouts. Debates, protests, and meetings happen here, and we wanted to show that,” Castanier said.

This was another source of inspiration for the display.

According to Castanier, the final reason that the Historical Society of Greater Lansing decided to open the exhibit was because one of the members had over 100 cabinet cards. Cabinet cards are 3-inch by 5-inch photographs mounted on a board that is then attached to cabinets.

Photographs were submitted from Lansing area residents, as well as from private collectors. The Clarke Historical Library from Central Michigan University loaned an exhibit that shows the evolution of photography from the time it was created to modern day.

There are also photographs from Ginger Sharp, who worked in Lansing, and was the first full-time female photographer to work at a newspaper in the United States.

“(There are) over 300 photographs on exhibit, as well as 14 display cases that have artifacts and tools. The first digital camera is on display,” Castanier said.

According to Castanier, the photos portray moments in history that people tend to forget. There are pictures of a co-ed wedding from 1915. A co-ed wedding was a mock wedding when people of the same sex would dress up and form a whole wedding party.

The majority of the photos are vernacular, or taken by amateurs, but Castanier believes that adds a rare, unique and unusual aspect to the display.

“I think there’s some photos that will startle people, and some that will make them smile,” Castanier said.

The exhibit is on the  fourth floor of the library and runs until Dec. 31. The library is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of every month.


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NEXT shows off Lansing’s young artists

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NEXT shows off Lansing’s young artists

Throughout February, the MICA Gallery in Old Town will be filled with youthful art of all shapes and sizes.

MSU advertising professor Henry Brimmer is curating NEXT, an exhibition of projects from high school and college students that are shared in hopes of instilling youthful energy in Lansing. These projects include any type of art, with everything from photography and painting to live performances being featured.

In its opening week, NEXT featured paintings, live music, live fashion models, slam poetry, and stand up comedy. A new group of talented students are sharing their work at the gallery each week until the end of February.

NEXT Exhibit openings occur at 7 p.m. on Saturday nights at the MICA gallery located at 1210 Turner Street in Old Town.

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InterCIDADES brings Brazilian art to Lansing

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InterCIDADES brings Brazilian art to Lansing

It’s a well-known fact that art is often cross-cultural, but did you ever consider that an exhibit could be international?

“InterCIDADES,” originally a Brazilian exhibition, became an international exhibition in October when it was brought to Lansing. For curator Jefferson Kielwagen, this was a very exciting time.

Rolling shadows

From “Rolling Shadows,” via the InterCIDADES Facebook page.

“This is my first time doing anything on an international scale,” he said. “It’s an art exhibit, but in a way it’s a social experiment.”

The purpose of “InterCIDADES,” which translates to “inter” and “cities” in English, is to engage, captivate and “interchange” the community through relational art and public performance. Exhibitions included “Rolling Shadows,” a demonstration about solar energy and mobility, “Blood Fireworks,” an exhibition about food energy and “Inconvenience Station,” a study on the relationship between citizens and their city.

The curators of “InterCIDADES,” in conjunction with the Joinville Cultural Foundation and Schwanke Museum of Contemporary Art, sent out an open call for Brazilian and American artists to submit exhibition ideas. The aim was to gather projects that could be performed publicly in urban areas and re-performed internationally between Joinville, Brazil and Lansing, Mich.

“What made InterCIDADES appealing was the opportunity for artists’ work to be shown and executed on foreign grounds and the chance to engage with foreign artists,” he said.

In July of 2013, InterCIDADES took place in Brazil and throughout the month of October, it was re-created in Lansing. However, this was not the first time public performance was displayed in Michigan.

Kielwagen, who is also a third-year MFA student at MSU, proposed the idea to Michael Rush, Founding Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. In 2012, “The Broad Without Walls,” the first curated show at the Broad, was created in an attempt to engage the surrounding community prior to its completion. The exhibition followed through, but publicity was scarce.

“No one seemed to care about it. Then I came back from Brazil with the images [of “InterCIDADES” from July 2013] and everyone cared about it,” Kielwagen said.

At the beginning of Fall Semester 2013, MSU’s Department of Art, Art History and Design sent out an open call similar to the first open call released in Brazil.
As word spread, “InterCIDADES” began to ease its way into Michigan culture. However, there were a few speed bumps due to cultural differences.

Kielwagen brought “InterCIDADES” to America with hopes that our country could match the amount of money provided in Brazil for this project. He wanted to make it bigger and better, but failed to find funding on American grounds. The exhibitions were funded almost entirely by Joinville Cultural Foundation.

“Brazil is more socialist than the United States. Money for the arts is [mostly] government funded. American art seems to be focused on big names and big budgets. Museums often feel like bank vaults to me. Every gallery has a guard watching over the treasure. Art is an object and the museum is the bank. I’m trying to make sense of this,” Kielwagen said.

Despite, the cultural differences, “InterCIDADES” was completed successfully with twice the amount of volunteers as before. It not only engaged the community and its participants, but it inspired.

Dylan Wahl, an electrical engineering major at MSU, thoroughly enjoyed his experience with the art world by getting involved with “InterCIDADES.” He wrote a script for “Trade Party,” an exhibition about the relationship between Brazil and the United States and also played a role in in “Rolling Shadows.”

Since InterCIDADES, Wahl began to create public performances of his own. “Parachute Run” and “Unboxing” are his two latest exhibitions about “an irrational dream of flight and the celebration of consumption as a public ritual,” he said.

“I have wanted for a while now to develop an artistic voice, and to learn more about how public art can be organized and structured,” Wahl said, “I hope that those who experienced the work in “InterCIDADES” feel inspired to seek out more public performance art.”

The future of “InterCIDADES” is a little uncertain, but hopeful. Kielwagen shared his hopes of making it a biannual, international event.

“I want to connect the farthest city in North America to the farthest city in South America. That would be Anchorage, Alaska and Ushuaia, Argentina. It would require the cooperation of two different governments so that might just be a crazy dream,” Kielwagen said.

If this followed through it would become the only biannual art exhibition not anchored in one city. Given its progress thus far, anything is possible for “InterCIDADES.”

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ArtPrize 2010

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ArtPrize 2010

Elephant Walk

ArtPrize 2010 was a huge success, pulling over 1,700 artists into Grand Rapids from 14 different countries to display art in over 190 venues and over 465,000 community members cast their votes to pick this year’s Top Ten ArtPrize winners.

Started in 2009 by Richard Devos of Grand Rapids, ArtPrize is meant to bring the world’s art community and the Grand Rapids community together as an open forum for conversation and appreciation of art.

• ArtPrize is the only art contest that allows entries from anyone in the world; no art degree required

• ArtPrize provides the largest prize of any art competition in the world

• ArtPrize is the only art competition that is open to a public vote

How it works

There are three elements that make up ArtPrize; venues, artists, and voters.

Venues are businesses throughout downtown Grand Rapids, within a certain geographical limit, that show artists’ work during the two weeks of ArtPrize. Artists are allowed one entry and they must secure one of the almost 200 venues to host their piece in order to be a competitor. Voters are everyday people who attend ArtPrize, see something they like and vote for it through internet, text, or a downtown voting center.

This type of voting system has never before been used for an art contest. Normally there would be a jury of elite art professionals, all with PhD’s and Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. MSU Associate Professor of Electronic Art & Intermedia Adam Brown said, “I think it’s a fresh venue. I don’t know if it’s better or worse, but it’s different. It provides the public with a voice.”

In the first week of competition attendees are allowed to vote as many times as they wish. ArtPrize artist, Lesley Van Leeuwen-Vega, says that this practice makes the first week a bit more trivial, and results in a lot of “cake and ice cream” votes from parents attempting to please their children. The first week tends to favor pieces that are a “big spectacle” rather than genuinely good pieces of art. The top ten is announced at the end of the first week of voting.

In the second week of viewing, voters are allowed only one vote, if someone votes more than once, only the most recent vote will be counted. Van Leeuwen-Vega says that despite some criticism from the art community, “people really think about where their one vote will go,” and she added that, “things aren’t less special because you don’t have a Masters of Fine Arts.”

After the second week of voting, the Top 10 are put in descending order and awarded their perspective prizes. The art then remains at the venues for a few more days for the general enjoyment of the public. Some of the entries remain in downtown Grand Rapids even after ArtPrize is over, such as last years’ mosaic on the side of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

Conversations in the Art Community

Recently, Kendall College professor, Deb Rockman, came forward, as she did in 2009, with her concerns about whether the average person knows how to accurately judge art. Rockman is quoted to have said, “It’s great that they have such an interest, but they often don’t have the base of knowledge to make an informed judgment.”

Helping Mom One Penny at a Time

Other professionals disagree with Rockman’s assessment. Former Kendall professor, Harry Kutten, said, “Average citizens can determine if they are moved by [art].” Van Leeuwen-Vega adds that “people know how they feel about things.”

MSU alumni and ArtPrize artist, Bree Gomez said, “I think that everyone is entitled to an opinion. When dealing with public art, people are very important. This isn’t a gallery.”

Gomez also said, “Art doesn’t have to be conceptually so deep that people don’t understand it.”

Kutten and Van Leeuwen-Vega also noted that there are plenty of art competitions that involve paneled judging; ArtPrize is just not one of them. (There is a jury of art professionals who recognize entries from different categories; however, these winners do not receive a cash prize).

ArtPrize offers a unique opportunity to anyone and everyone. As far as ArtPrize is concerned, “Everyone is an artist,” said Kutten.

As some criticize and others praise the system and intentions of ArtPrize, it becomes unclear what the future of the event will hold. “I don’t know if it will [grow] in the art world, the ‘art world’ is complicated,” said Brown. “It is definitely growing the arts in Michigan, but as far as putting Michigan on the map in the art world, I’m not sure.”

The Big Picture

Unlike most art contests, ArtPrize is not all about the winnings. The prize gets artists to Grand Rapids, the art gets people to Grand Rapids and the people start talking about art and spending money in downtown Grand Rapids. Allowing the public to vote forces viewers to think more critically about art; what they are drawn to and what moves them.

Kutten says that the purpose of the event is “to encourage the value of art.”

“[ArtPrize] seems to be good for the economy of Michigan,” said Brown. During last year’s event, restaurants ran out of food and were forced to close early because the downtown area was so busy.

Gomez said, “[ArtPrize is] very beneficial to GR. It helps people get to know what’s in Grand Rapids and gives support to local businesses.”


Recognition of any kind is very important to artists. The field of art is highly competitive and often elitist. One of the reasons that ArtPrize is so appealing to aspiring artists is that anyone can enter and everyone has a chance to win.

Bree Gomez

Bree Gomez took studio art courses at MSU in her freshman year of college before transferring to the Art Institute of Chicago. Gomez said she “didn’t want to go” but the school offered programs in the arts that were not offered at MSU.

She recently received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with an emphasis on sculpture and design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Gomez entered ArtPrize in both 2009 and 2010 and shared her reasoning for entering: “I wanted to get exposure as an up and coming artist.” She also added, “[ArtPrize] is a good opportunity to see how work works with the public, it let’s artists see if [they’re] going in the right direction.”

Her entry Accord was shown in front of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and received Top 25 recognition.

“I feel happy to get that far up on the voting, at the same time it would have been nice to have a chance in the top ten,” said Gomez.

Accord is an interactive piece which responds to movement with light and sound. It is a “stagnant sculpture that communicates,” said Gomez. “There is dialog within the piece, but only if you interact with it.”

Gomez says that Accord is meant to promote “subliminal healing through light and sound.” She refers to the piece as “positive art.”

Harry Kutten

Harry Kutten received his MFA from Western Michigan University and was an art professor at Kendall College.

Kutten decided to enter ArtPrize this year because he said he felt it was time to do more than just teach. “I want to encourage people to enjoy art and to see the beauty that I see,” said Kutten. “I wanted to share what I felt with others.”

The pastel drawing Ballet Dancer, by Harry Kutten showed in the Blue Cross Blue Shield building during ArtPrize.

Kutten explained that he has always enjoyed ballet. “It’s a form of communication to an audience without language,” said Kutten. “They express a feeling of beauty in dance form.”

For Ballet Dancer, Kutten was allowed to sit in on a rehearsal. He was struck by the sight of an exhausted dancer who sat down, but with the feeling of inevitably getting back up to continue dancing. This feeling is what he wanted to depict in his piece.

Lesley Van Leeuwen-Vega

Lesley Van Leeuwen-Vega entered ArtPrize after encouragement from other artists and the realization that she had something important to say.

Her piece, The Coalition for Responsible American Policy, uses advertising tactics to put a positive spin on ideas that are generally seen as negative in our society. She makes homophobia, racism and sexism sound like good ideas.

The intent was to get people to “try to understand what’s going on.” With so many ads being thrown at people every day, Van Leeuwen-Vega wondered if people notice what ads really say. Her piece forces the viewer to think critically about what is being said.

Find out more about other artists and see a list of the Top Ten ArtPrize winners for 2010

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Lansing Recycled Art and Fashion Show

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Lansing Recycled Art and Fashion Show

Launched on March 25, the Lansing Recycled Art Exhibit and Fashion Show reemerged for its second year to prove that one man’s trash really can be another man’s treasure. Or his shirt.

Ashlae Belisle models a white dress made of recycled plastic carrying bags.

Organized by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, the Go Green Initiative and Linking Lansing & U, the exhibit and fashion show are part of a collaborative effort to raise awareness about environmental issues through the creation of reused, reclaimed or recycled materials.

Through inspirational works of recyclable art, Lansing hopes to encourage citizens to take advantage of their local recycling programs.

Opening day was marked with a recyclable fabric fashion show and an award ceremony for the eight featured artists. One fashion show participant, apparel and textile design (ATD) senior Sarah Bach, submitted her work for the second year.

“For one of my classes, we did a sustainable design, and in another we did a recycled neck design,” Bach said. “One of our teachers suggested we enter the fashion show and keep them on display.”

While Bach’s designs are not currently in the exhibit, three other ATD students have their pieces on display. The garments incorporate anything from used T-shirts and sweaters, to plastic bags and shower curtains.

Soon to graduate, this is Bach’s last year in East Lansing. However, she anticipates the exhibit to come back.

“It seems like the program will probably be back next year. With the increasing awareness of environmental issues, this kind of thing is really popular,” Bach said.

Prizes were awarded to the top three artists and honorable mentions were also given. In first place, Russell Bauer was awarded a $300 prize for “Fodder,” a 12-foot peacock made from trash and wheat grass.

Katie Woods models a red and black recycled wool sweater dress.

Originally constructed for the Grand Rapids Art Prize festival, the arts council requested that Bauer’s bird be submitted to the spring exhibit.

“I use recycled goods a lot,” said Bauer. “They’re more affordable and I like free materials.”

Despite the bird’s great detail and size, Bauer said he and his partner, Janel Shultz – an honorable mention winner – were able to put it together in about three days.

“They were long days, but once we had our materials, we were able to get it done in a few days,” Bauer said.

To see Bauer’s piece as well as other participants’, visit the main lobby in Lansing City Hall. The exhibit continues through April 15 and is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Real Life: I’m a Nude Model

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Real Life: I’m a Nude Model

For most freshman, myself included, a student’s first job at MSU may go along the lines of something like serving food in a dining hall, making coffee at Sparty’s, or even handing out toilet paper and garbage bags at the front desk of any given dorm. RCAH freshman Brynne, however, took the alternative route for her first job. Brynne poses nude for figure drawing and sculpting classes at Kresge Art Center.

Nude Models have to stand in specific poses for a long period of time (photo credit: Emily Lawler. Note: Not real model.)

The Life of a Nude Model at MSU

Brynne found her job through myspartancareer.com. After finding out about it, she went straight to Kresge Art Center to get information. “There was just something inside me that was just like, ‘You have to do this,’” Brynne said.

Her parents were a little upset at first and her friends were confused by her choice of job, but now they admire and respect her. “My parents still don’t like it, but they knew they couldn’t stop me,” Brynne said.

Though she has never been ridiculed for her modeling, men sometimes get the wrong idea. “To guys, it’s a bit like being a stripper. They’ll say ‘Oh, maybe I should take one of your classes,’ but I really don’t care,” Brynne said. The embarrassment of standing naked in front of a room full of people faded away after two classes for Brynne. “I’m a pretty confident person, which makes it a lot easier. I wouldn’t recommend this to the weak-minded,” Brynne said.

The models do not know what class they are going to be modeling for or when. Brynne currently poses for five different classes, usually once or twice a week. It may get boring at times standing up there, but students will sometimes hold conversations with the models. “They’ll ask ‘What’s your major?’ or ‘Why are you doing this?’ Sometimes it’s awkward, but sometimes they play music to get the artists’ creativity flowing,” Brynne said. Though she does get breaks, it is difficult to stand still for such a long period of time. Brynne fell once during a forty five-minute pose. “It’s physically exhausting, but it depends on the pose,” Brynne said.

What the Artists See

Journalism and design specialization freshman Dennis Vlahoulis took the STA 110 class last fall with Britta Urness. This was his first time drawing a nude figure. “I wasn’t as uncomfortable as some of my classmates… In my eyes, there was little distinction between the mannequin and an actual person. In the end, it all turns into art,” Vlahoulis said.

Seeing the human body makes it easier to draw for him. “You start to see the body in shapes that are interconnected to create the human form. The more you practice and develop, the easier it will become,” Vlahoulis said.

Brianna Ritivoy drew nude models in an art class she took (photo credit: Emily Lawler).

Brianna Ritivoy drew nude models in an art class she took (photo credit: Emily Lawler).

Why They Need to be NAKED!

But for anyone who has never taken an art class or had any interest in the field, you might ask yourself, why? Why must they be naked of all things? Graduate teaching assistant and painting major April Matthews teaches the STA 110 class this year, in which the class views a nude model for two weeks at the end of the semester. “Students get a better idea of the structure of the human body, and how the body moves,” Matthews said. “You can compare it to a doctor working on a cadaver. Even if you don’t end up drawing, you need to get an idea of why the body moves, why clothes fit the way they do,” Matthews said.

The models do a variety of poses for three hours for the class. They start with short, active poses to show movement and they last from anywhere between thirty seconds to five minutes. Throughout the class, the poses will become longer, going from fifteen minutes to even forty-five minutes. “It’s really important for life drawing. It’s a lot harder than people realize to get the right posture,” Matthews said.

The models are not always nude for every class. It all depends on what the teacher or professor wants for the class. “[Models in] sculpture classes will sometimes wear clothes,” Matthews said. It may be less awkward to draw someone who is wearing clothes, but seeing the body makes it easier to get the right shape. “Clothes, though they can somewhat be form-fitting, are often much simpler from a drawing aspect than the curves, tonal differences, holistic nature of the nude human form,” Vlahoulis said.

As strange as it may sound to be willing to pose nude, it becomes normal for teachers, students, and models. “It becomes a job. You just kind of ignore the strangeness and it becomes ordinary,” Matthews said. “Most of us care more about the artistic details presented within our own artwork than an uncomfortable situation,” Vlahoulis said.

For Brynne, the modeling has become an enlightening experience that she plans to continue doing throughout her stay at MSU. “I’ve become a lot more confident in myself; I have nothing to hide anymore. It makes being myself a lot easier,” Brynne said.

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