May 13, 2012
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Jessica Pope
Communications Specialist

Class Art Project Honors Dr. Louis H. Levy

 

VALDOSTA -- Students in Craig Hawkins’ two-dimensional design class unveiled the results of a collaborative project -- a portrait of Dr. Louis H. Levy, interim president of Valdosta State University -- just days before the close of spring semester.

Hawkins, an assistant professor of art, noted that the project was assigned when he introduced his students to texture as one of the elements of design.

“The students have to research and explore their surroundings to collect 32 different textures and mimic them in their sketchbooks using varieties of line and mark,” he said. “After their research, they are each assigned two to three numbered rectangles that are puzzle pieces to a large mystery portrait. They divide their rectangles into 32 triangles each, and by use of line proximity, they manipulate their collected textures to mimic the value range and placement within their given rectangles. On critique day, we assemble the entire portrait to reveal who we’ve been working on over the past two weeks. The reveal is always exciting, and my students love seeing their hard work come together and create a single image. Using Dr. Levy’s image seemed to be a nice way to honor him as he finished up his last semester here.”

For more information, please contact Craig Hawkins at (229) 293-6239 or tchawkins@valdosta.edu.

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www.craighawkinsart.com