Digital Arts : Mixed-Media Studio

Joellyn Rock
Associate Professor
Department of Art & Design
University of Minnesota Duluth
office: Voss Kovach Hall 25C

Spring Office Hours :
Monday 12:30 - 3:30PM + by Appointment


Art 2016 / Digital Arts : Mixed-Media Studio provides an introduction to digital art studio practice with a focus on digital imaging and cross-media experimentation. This course builds on skills, techniques, and critique of digital art concepts such as image compositing, appropriation, collage, and remixing. Creative projects include development of a serial approach to visual imagery. Assignments and presentations discuss current trends in digital culture and key works by digital artists.

The Digital Mixed-Media Classroom is a learning laboratory for digital artmaking processes from brainstorming through digital output. Students are encouraged to mix media, taking clues from a rich tradition of avant-garde experiments and current trends in digital art. All projects incorporate digital tools in some stage of their process, though the final format may integrate traditional techniques and materials. The class establishes a collaborative learning environment, wherein all participants will take turns sharing their expertise and discoveries in a laboratory of emerging technologies. "It's experimental!"... which means we try a lot of stuff... and results are not always predictable.

Art 4016
Digital Arts : Advanced Projects (can be stacked w/2016) A digital studio course for students interested in exploring advanced projects using current or emerging technologies. Students develop self-directed focus and creative project goals. Advanced Students hone a body of digital art work through research, experimentation, reflection and feedback. Students should be prepared to work independently, sharing progress regularly on blog and through class critique each week.


Digital Arts: Mixed-Media Studio
ART 2016 - sec 002    syllabus
10:00 AM - 11:55 AM Tues/Thurs
335 AB Anderson Hall

Digital Arts: Mixed-Media Studio
ART 2016 - sec 001    syllabus
Noon - 1:55 PM Tues/Thurs
335 AB Anderson Hall

FINAL EXAM on Tues May 1st LINK

Attendance Policy: Attendance and engaged participation in all in class activities is required. Final Grade will go down with over 3 missed classes.This course is partially online for some assignments.


•Students will be able to demonstrate an introductory knowledge of historical and theoretical themes present in contemporary digital art and culture. (Digital Art Research Assignment, Viewing Assignments / Reflective Writing)

•Students will be able to demonstrate skill and innovation with digital art tools and experimental mixed-media processes. (4 Creative Projects)

•Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to analyze, interpret, critique and evaluate digital artworks. (Class Critiques and Reflective Writing)


Photoshop Tutorials /
Each student will track their time on software training tutorials over the semester. (Expect to do at least 8 hours over the semester). UMD users will log in using their University Internet ID and password in order to access training videos available on’s tutorial library is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and contains thousands of professional-grade software video tutorials.

Mixed-Media SUPPLIES / to be discussed in class :
• experimental inkjet papers (inkjet silk, cotton, transparencies)
• mixed-media materials (fabric, wood, canvas, paint, gel medium)
• index cards/ sketch book / drawing supplies
• backup jump drive / harddrive for digital portfolio
• Bamboo or WACOM graphics tablet and pen

Purchase collection of experimental inkjet paper samples at the UMD Stores / Art Supplies Area… Mixed-Media Inkjet Kit INCLUDES: 1 sheet cotton inkjet 1 sheet silk inkjet 2 white t shirt transfers 2 inkjet transparencies 2 sheets lazertran 2×2 white fabric/ material Each sample has directions folded around the matching item.

Digital Studio books / optional:
Paul, Christiane. Digital Art (World of Art). New York: Thames & Hudson, 2003.
ISBN: 0500203679

Digital Art Studio: Techniques for Combining Inkjet Printing with Traditional Art Materials

Our classroom, ABAH 335, has open lab hours with a student worker for assistance.Students can come use the room for printing, mixed-media experiments, equipment check out, editing on computers, scanning, etc. The student worker is Charlie Gardner. SPRING HOURS WILL BE POSTED ON CLASSROOM DOOR / SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Digital Art Mixed-Media Grade Percentages

80% on 4 Digital Art Creative Projects

Creative Projects:
1. Remix Project (20% of final grade)
2. Mosaic Project (20% of final grade)
3. Digital Narrative (25% of final grade)
4. Final Project / Choice
(15% of final grade)

20% on Participation, Blog Assignments, Digital Art Research, Critiques & Lab Days

Participation, Blog, Critique, Research, Labs:
1. Rip! Remix Reflective Writing (5% of final grade)
2. Digital Nation / Reflective Writing (5% of final grade)
3. Digital Art Research / Slide Show (5% of final grade)
4. Participation on Lab Days + Critiques /
(5% of final grade)

Digital / Mixed-Media Schedule:
Tuesdays: Digital Process
Thursdays: Mixed-Media Process

Link to Semester Schedule >> HERE (subject to change)

Digital Art + Culture > B L O G

Blog Assignments:

Required Research: Contribute to class knowledge by researching topics and artists in digital culture. Be prepared to share in class on assigned dates.

Required Viewing: Watch the 2 entire documentaries online. Make notes and write a short reflection on what you found most interesting or surprising about the topics. (about 150 words) Be prepared to discuss in class on assigned date.

Digital Nation > PBS view online

Remix Manifesto > view online


Spring 2018

Department of Art & Design


Fine. (Re)Fine. (De)Fine Faculty Exhibit Tweed Museum Opening: February 8, 2018 | 6-8 pm

Annual Student Exhibition runs April 3 - 29, 2018

Awards Reception: April 21, 2018 | 4-6 pm

Students should plan ahead to enter work into the Annual Student Exhibition in the Tweed Museum. Stay tuned for deadlines and instructions on how to enter.

Open Studios: Saturday Afternoon on April 21, 2018

The Art & Design Open Studios Day is the major event for our department all year. Please put it on your calendar + invite family and friends. Students should plan to attend Open Studios on Saturday April 21. There will be a sign-up opportunity for ways you can participate, this event is required for our class.

MORE Art&Design > EVENTS




Digital Art + Culture > B L O G

Fairy Tales



Zeitgeist Arts > Zinema 2

PROVE > Gallery

Duluth Art Institute > DAI

MN Artists Org > Opportunities



Vasalisa Project

Dijital Pasaj Project

TATTOU U Project



Please Attend:

Senior Shows in Tweed Openings on Tuesdays 4-6 PM

6pm Tuesdays in Montague Hall 70

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 6 pm | Christina Chang

Thursday, February 22 | 6pm | Seitu Jones

Tuesday, March 20 | 6 pm | Dana Fritz

Tuesday, April 10 | 6 pm | Don Clark

Tuesday, April 10 | 6 pm | George Slade

Student Academic Integrity Policy

"Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. In keeping with this ideal, this course will adhere to UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy. This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offenders."

Students with disabilities:
It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities.  If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements – such as time limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos – please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations.   Please call 218-726-6130 or visit the DR website at for more information.

Student Conduct Code

The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code. Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes inappropriate use of technology in the classroom. Examples include ringing cell phones, text-messaging, watching videos, playing computer games, doing email, or surfing the Internet on your computer instead of note-taking or other instructor-sanctioned activities.