NEW NORMAL SCHOOL

Kutztown University of PA was founded in 1866 as Keystone Normal School. Throughout the U.S. colleges that educated teachers were known as “normal schools.” When KU shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic we had to abruptly adjust to a New Normal. CDE 253, Illustration 2: The class is making zines this semester. We gotContinue reading “NEW NORMAL SCHOOL”

MoCCA Fest 2019

Kutztown Grad is Featured Artist… Kutztown University students will be selling their work at the 2019 MoCCA Fest in NYC. MoCCA stands for Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art. This will not be the first time KU illustrators have participated in the festival, but this year Kutztown has another reason to be proud. One ofContinue reading “MoCCA Fest 2019”

Scatter Joy Illustration Show

Kutztown University has produced some amazing illustrators: Tom Hallman, Stephen Kroninger, Renee French, Kathi Ember, Kevin Cornell, Tom Warburton, Tom Whalen, Simeon Wilkins.   An exhibition at the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts will showcase artists likely to be added to that list. Elham Ataeiazar, work pictured above, came from Iran to work on her MFA at Kutztown. ‘Ellie’ has already illustratedContinue reading “Scatter Joy Illustration Show”

NEW KUTZTOWN U ZINE LIBRARY

Zines by Kutztown students will form the beginning of a new Zine Collection at Kutztown University’s Rohrbach Library. Other academic institutions have famous Zine Libraries including Barnard College and Hampshire College. Kutztown is starting small. A zine, rhymes with seen, is a small book or pamphlet. Merriam Webster defines a zine as “often homemade orContinue reading “NEW KUTZTOWN U ZINE LIBRARY”

1st MFA’s at Kutztown U

Emma Brooks and Al Bronokowski made history as the first MFA’s in Communication Design. This MFA is the first terminal degree offered at Kutztown University. I, myself, was once in a first MFA class at another college, so I know it takes a leap of faith to embark on something so new. Emma and Al areContinue reading “1st MFA’s at Kutztown U”

Kutztown Welcomes Jersey Students

Kutztown University gets a lot of students from New Jersey. Why so many? We are in Eastern PA, less than an hour west of the Delaware River. I grew up in New Jersey and must admit I always resented this sign: Welcome to Pennsylvania: America Starts Here. I suppose it wasn’t meant as an insult. The otherContinue reading “Kutztown Welcomes Jersey Students”

Heads Up: Colored Pencil Project

Scratchboard illustrations from my sophomore classes gained nearly 200 views on day one. So here’s a gallery of their colored pencil projects. Animal Head on Human Body I have been using this assignment for years, getting imaginative combinations. Back in the day, students found three different photos: a head, body and background. Lately I’ve seen students actually google theContinue reading “Heads Up: Colored Pencil Project”

Scratchboard: Starting from Scratch

Kylie O’Connor’s Frog Prince is a wonderful example of scrathboard illustration. She began by painting the basic components, – frog, hand, plants – with brush and ink on a prepared clay-coated board. The horizontal lines were added with a micron, an artist’s felt tip pen with pigmented black ink. She used a scratchboard knife, likeContinue reading “Scratchboard: Starting from Scratch”