Hello from Sketching Lab in Costa Rica

August 11th, 2014 by Off-Campus Study Blogger
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By Molly Gilbride

Callie, Charlotte, Rachel, and Lynnsey in Costa Rica

Callie, Charlotte, Rachel, and Lynnsey in Costa Rica

Last week, Industrial Design instructor Deno Ellis and Associate Professor and Chair of Animation Charlotte Belland boarded a plane with three CCAD students and headed to Universidad de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica, to participate in a three-day intensive workshop called Sketching Lab.

The workshop focuses on creativity through drawing, mind mapping, concept development, and visual communication. During Sketching Lab, CCAD students and faculty will interact with other students and professionals from around the world as they engage in the development of rapid visualization as the most effective way to communicate creative ideas. How cool is that!?

We received an update email from CCAD juniors Callie Whiteman (Advertising & Graphic Design), Rachel Maynard (Photography), and Lynnsey Oberg (Industrial Design) about their time so far in Costa Rica and at Sketching Lab. It sounds like their experience is off to a great start!

Group sketching away

The group sketching away

This morning we awoke at 6 a.m. after an unexpected 3 a.m. wake-up call (earthquake). Breakfast was delightfully quiet; the papaya tasted like soap and the coffee was great.

We then took a scenic route through the Universidad de Costa Rica’s campus to the fine arts building where Sketching Lab is being held. Something that stood out immediately to us was the immense difference in campus aesthetic versus what is familiar to us back home. A few of these qualities consisted of diverse foliage, mosaic tile work, graffiti, and the vibrant color palette.

Upon arriving at Sketching Lab, the day kicked off with presentations from the artists in the auditorium. We learned about their work, their process, and their design perspectives. Patrick Bellesteros is an illustrator, Hoang and Anh Niguyen are industrial designers, and John Timms is an animator. They all expressed how important it is to broaden your horizons and to not be afraid to take your work outside of your comfort zone.

After a short lunch break at a tiny Caribbean restaurant, we returned for a Q&A session with the artists. To conclude, Hoang and Anh finished the second half of their presentation and gave us a homework assignment. In the next couple of days, we must each individually come up with a problem statement guided by personal passion and resolved through design.

Overall, the past couple of days have been eye-opening, cultural, and inspirational. Time for dinner.

Rachel, Lynnsey, Callie

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