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  • Ryan 21:59 on 20/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ama Ree, Class, , , , ,   

    NEW CLASS!

    http://papyrus.sexy/media-archaeology-11-working-with-other-peoples-photos-we-take-too-many-pictures-what-if-we-unleashed-the-infinitude-of-existing-images-to-tell-our-own-new-stories-with-has-the-story-already-been-tol/

    Media Archaeology 11Working With Other People’s Photos
    Date & Time: Friday 22 May 6:30-7:30pm & Saturday 23 May 10:30 – 11:30am (Same content both days. Pick whichever is most convenient)
    Location: Ama Ree’s Studio @ Nostradamus-1

     
  • Elle 04:06 on 18/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Class, Processing   

    Processing 

    Some people have asked for information on Processing and Generative Art.  FutureLearn is offering a class on Creative Coding starting on August 3rd.

    I also put together some information on Generative Art, Artists & resources (primarily Processing) at GenCreate. It’s sort of minimalist, but might be helpful.

     
    • Oona 05:46 on 18/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Elle. I’d like to eventually learn this too.

      • Elle 12:31 on 18/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome, Oona. What you are learning with building and scripting will help you with learning this.

    • Neeva 20:14 on 19/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Elle. You are always so wiling to share. I appreciate that a lot.

  • Edie 14:39 on 15/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Storytelling w Avatars Starts Noon Sunday!

    New 4-week class Storytelling w Avatars starts Sunday! Collaborations between Writers, Photographers, Avatar Designers & World Builders!

    Join us!

    Details:
    http://edies.farm/explorations/

     
  • Edie 19:21 on 10/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Class, , , Storyworld, ,   

    Interdisciplinary Studies 16, 17, 18, 19 – Explorations with Avatars 

    is16-triptych

    Announcing 4 new, and concurrent courses:

    Interdisciplinary Studies 16Fiction Writing for Avatars
    Interdisciplinary Studies 17Photography with Avatars
    Interdisciplinary Studies 18Avatar Design
    Interdisciplinary Studies 19World Building for Avatars

    These 4 courses will meet concurrently and work together to tell Avatar Stories. We will use the 2 avatars I have created, “Paris Avatar” and “Sydney Avatar”. I’ve chosen unisex names for them so that their identity can be malleable to the stories each learner chooses to tell.

    Full details here:
    edies.farm/explorations

    Image: Love is Blind by Gonzale

     
  • astrid 20:35 on 28/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Class, course, , , online course,   

    Free Online Writing Course 

    Hi there. Elle brought this to our attention a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to remind everyone that The Open University is offering a free creative writing course online for the month of May (it began yesterday). There are a few things to do each week (5 minute video, short paragraph to read, and writing exercises – with opportunity to post them for feedback), totaling around 3 hours. You can join or leave at any time, and aren’t compelled to finish each section if you want to jump around. I am going to give it a shot. I’m a little busy for getting into it hardcore, but I’d like to keep the creative juices flowing. If you’d like to join here is a link https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/start-writing-fiction and maybe you can share your written exercises on MU/Stories?? 😉

     

     
    • Art 06:02 on 29/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I completed this course just before getting involved with MU. Its fantastic! And very flexible how involved you want to get. I will say that realistically I spent much more time with the course than their estimation, but I was doing all the tasks and reading/responding to other peoples work daily. Definitely an enriching experience and there are loads of other great courses too!

    • astrid 15:42 on 29/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome! Glad to hear some positive feedback from someone who has done it before!

    • Oona 15:34 on 01/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      This looks like a great course. Thank you for reminding us Astrid! 🙂 🙂 If I wasn’t so anti-writing I might actually get my act together. hehe

      • astrid 21:25 on 01/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        LOL Oona, you are in the creative writing department. I think it’s just so easy to get distracted!

  • Elle 20:23 on 20/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Class,   

    For MU writers, free class

    Start Writing Fiction @FutureLearn

    https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/start-writing-fiction

    Thought this might be of interest to someone.

     
    • Izzy 20:48 on 20/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome Elle!

      If anyone (everyone? 🙂 Participates, we should all chime in HERE so peeps can go through it together or compare notes or work, etc!

    • Astrid Rimbaud 21:35 on 20/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love this! How exciting! Care if I share? Yes compare notes and work and have readings at.. La Poeme 😛

      • Elle 22:04 on 20/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Astrid,

        Yes, please feel free to share the link/info.

        I forgot to mention, one of the nice things about FutureLearn is that they usually keep the class content available for a good while after class is officially done (for those who have enrolled). It is great for people who fall behind.

  • Vanessa 20:39 on 10/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Class, CV, , , , , Resume   

    Public Art 198 – Portfolios & Proposals 

    sample online portfolio

    Want to see the Medici University adventure continue past 30 June? Here’s your chance! In VPA-198 we’ll create Portfolios & LEA Land Grant Proposals and be ready when the call for “Round 9” LG Proposals comes out!

    Syllabus: Virtual Public Art 198

    Image: Designshack.net

     
  • Izzy 17:00 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Class, Gimp, , Photoshop,   

    Graphic Design 13 – Gimp 4 Dummies

    Photoshop is kind of the Graphic Design standard and many MU Learners use it every day.

    If you get paid to do RL design work, Photoshop isn’t expensive at all. But if you don’t, it’s a damn expensive piece of software!

    Gimp is the free & open alternative. We should have a Gimp class. IDK if anyone we know actually knows Gimp. If You do, we’d love to have you facilitate a Gimp Party!

    But if not, let’s just learn it together! We can start the class and fumble around and use MU/Talk or Slack to post screenshots and tips on what we figure out.

    Does anyone know Gimp?

    What Day / Time would anyone like the Gimp Party to be scheduled for?

     
    • Neeva 18:04 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think you mean we should have a gimp “party.” Right? See post below.

      What would People love to learn about gimp? I used it some before I got my nifty student-priced version of Photoshop.

    • Myra 18:27 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I use Gimp a lot, but I certainly don’t know* it. The most common use of it in SL is texturing, so I’d like to learn how to use it better for UV mapping and AO mapping of textures.

      There’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this with PS, here:
      https://sldesigner.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/putting-the-fabric-on-full-perm-mesh-templates/

      It would be nice to have a class on how to do the same thing in Gimp. There are some freebie full perm things on the market we could use for demo purposes.

    • Elle 17:37 on 21/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I have to second what Myra said, “I use GIMP a lot, but I certainly don’t know it” It’s a powerful program, but also complex with a non-intuitive user interface. I think the same could probably be said for Photoshop, which I have hardly ever used.

      • Izzy 22:00 on 21/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t actually know how many people want to learn Gimp. I do know that for people without the resources to buy it, Photoshop can be very expensive. Gimp is free and open for everyone. So it’s really a desirable platform.

        I do know that Oona is someone who really wants to be doing graphics but can’t afford Photoshop and doesn’t know Gimp. She’s been hosting at KATYPERRYOPOLIS! and would love to make fliers for events there but doesn’t have Photoshop and is lost with Gimp.

        Part of the reason I expelled all the students, fired all the faculty, and then invited everyone back as learners is that if we are to make progress on our many journeys here at MU, then we must take charge. Nobody needs to be the or an expert to help someone else. So far I’ve done what I can to facilitate Kinesiology 88, Studio Art 1, Studio Art 12, and University 101, and believe me, I’m not even remotely an expert on any of those topics.

        If Myra knows a little, Elle knows a little, and Oona has some desire, that sounds like more than most of our classes start with! I’d encourage the 3 of you to pick a time, invite the campus, and see what can be collaboratively learned. If that causes an expert to crawl out of the woodwork, awesome! But if not, I bet Oona’s desire plus whatever Myra and Elle might know might be enough to let Oona make KATYPERRYOPOLIS! fliers. Since she’s wanted to do things like that for a long time, that’d be a great result for MU’s semester @LEA23!

        • Elle 06:28 on 22/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

          That sounds ok to me. If Oona wants to get us some specifics on what she’d like to be able to do/create before hand it would be helpful. I can role play a GIMP co-teacher. 😉

          • Izzy 07:03 on 22/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

            Awesomesauce!!! 😀

          • Oona 22:03 on 24/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

            How about how to make a flyer? Is that a thing you can do in Gimp? I have been trying to figure out how to put stuff on a tee-shirt without much success if that is something anyone has knowledge of.

    • Myra 00:01 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gimp wouldn’t work well for flyers, because it’s not a publishing tool. It doesn’t do layouts and such. In fact, it’s horrible for handling text.

      T-shirts, yes, that it does.

      Oona. I mostly make furniture, but the principles of applying textures are mostly identical. Clothing requires a little more tweaking. I don’t think I want to teach a course, but I’m happy to explain it and load you up with links. : )

      It’s not too hard once you get the hang of it. Once you do, you’ll realize you could spend hours fussing with a texture to get it just the way you want it. Are you sure you really want that? Prepare yourself for the time sink known as SL building! j/k : )

    • Neeva 15:43 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      How about a gimp learning party where we can ask questions of each other as we all try to make a poster or other work of art. I know people who use gimp for book covers. You can definitely make a flyer with it. Let’s pick a time and get Oona going and learn stuff.

    • Myra 18:05 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s one on how to make a flyer in Gimp:

    • Myra 18:15 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I know that invalidates my comment about Gimp not doing flyers, but it further validates my first point – I don’t know Gimp.

    • Elle 00:14 on 26/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well after many incantations, slacks(?), help from Izzy and rmarie (ty!). My GIMP 101 class is on the calendar.

      GIMP 101 – Learn basic skills in GIMP open-source software. This class will provide an overview, discussion, optional sharing and support. The course will have a strong guided self-study component. Guidance for further learning on your own and a simple weekly hands-on assignment will be provided at each class.

      Class will meet Saturdays 10 – 11 am SLT @ Tullia 14 for 4 weeks.
      Class starts Saturday March 28th @ 10 am SLT.

      Oona, Myra and Neeva are most welcome continue their discussion then. 🙂
      Good tutorial links are also welcome.

  • Izzy 16:54 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Class, Classes, Courses, Parties,   

    Schedule of Parties

    Oona, Art, and MediciUniversity Resident were having a conversation today, and they came up with an interesting question, why are they called “Classes”?

    MU doesn’t have “Students” or “Faculty” anymore, but we still have “Classes”?

    Effective today, MU will no longer have any “Classes” or gawd forbid “Courses.” We will still have learning experiences, but they will be called “Parties”.

    TIRED: “Schedule of Classes”
    WIRED: “Schedule of Parties”

     
    • Oona 00:59 on 22/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      But but but, i like classes!

      • Izzy 01:26 on 22/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        it can be your secret Oona. Whenever anybody says “Party” you can just think “Class” in your mind.

        Somebody sez,

        Party @ KATYPERRYOPOLIS!

        Oona hears,

        Class @ KATYPERRYOPOLIS!

        • Oona 21:57 on 24/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

          haha i like this idea. 🙂 🙂

  • Vanessa 04:38 on 17/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Certificate, Class,   

    Certificate in Virtual Public Art 

    Medici University is now offering a Certificate Track in Virtual Public Art!

    http://virtualpublicart.com/certificate

     
    • Newton 07:48 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful opportunity for focus and accomplishment at MU! Thank you!

      • Vanessa 11:00 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Newton! When I realized that Dance Anywhere, Jane’s Walk, and Manifesto for Virtual Maintenance Art were all having a “planetary alignment” during the coming 3 months of MU, it was too irresistible an opportunity not to put together a programme.

        Needless to say, I was also significantly influenced by your own Cafe Sophistry project!

        • rmarie 16:10 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

          It was crossing my mind whilst reading your curriculum that doing a CS section could maybe qualify as one of your “tracks.”

          • rmarie 16:11 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

            (posted on behalf of my dear brother)

          • Vanessa 20:29 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

            Interesting… tell me more…

            • Newton 03:27 on 19/03/2015 Permalink

              Well, since the CVPA is all about working toward a compendium of virtual experiences created, perhaps outcomes of the work people do in a CS section could also be applied toward the certificate. So far I know two people will be sharing work at the final Gender and Virtuality gathering on March 29 so they will have “completed” that. It would be neat to give a sense that they are one step closer to a larger MU-related goal. See what you think, or if that even makes sense!

  • Vanessa 08:24 on 01/02/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Class, , NovoEd,   

    Storytelling 4 Change

    Hey MU Writing Students! Looking for a free class to take? Check out Storytelling for Change from NovoEd:

    Acumen and The Ariel Group have created this hands-on course to help you develop your practical skills as a storyteller. Whether you work in an office making presentations in the boardroom, as a teacher with 30 to 300 students, interacting with customers, or one-on-one with individuals, using the elements of story bring you closer to your audience. Using stories makes your messages memorable, gives your audience something to relate to, and above all captures their attention, motivating and inspiring them in new ways. A story taps into more than one element of communicating. Great storytellers are great communicators and effective leaders.

     
    • AlexandreLois1 09:35 on 01/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love storytellers. Particularly space storytellers. I have a series of non-fiction stories

  • Vanessa 08:18 on 01/02/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventures in Writing

    Hey MU Writing Students! Looking for a free class to take? Check out Adventures in Writing from Stanford OpenEdX

     
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