Archive for ‘Lecturers’

March 27, 2017

Anthony Rhoads, “Design in Motion”

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There is more than one way to solve a problem. For designers these problems include: time restrictions, budget constraints, and equipment. how can you best utilize your creativity in developing motion graphics and title sequences? Anthony rhoads will be presenting title sequences for film and television from over the years and breaking down his process. he will give an overview of the process from storyboarding and tossing out ideas to final products, and how choosing the medium of each, whether it be computer generated, live action, hand animation or something else, influences the final product.

February 15, 2017

Strategy Game Design and Development


Date Change:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 pm y40ndan

Keith Burgun talks about the discipline of strategy game design, and describes his philosophy, including specific guidelines for developing better rulesets for interactive entertainment in general. he’ll also discuss the industry itself and the various career paths available to game designers, as well as other industry jobs such as art, animation, programming, and more. Keith Burgun is an independent game designer and developer from Westchester, new York. he has created several critically-acclaimed strategy games for mobile platforms and PC. he also is the author of two books on the subject of game design: Clockwork Game Design (Focal Press, 2015) and Game Design Theory: A New Philosophy for Understanding Games  (CrC Press, 2012). he has given lectures at nYu, NYFA, SUNY Purchase College and the Franklin Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

September 17, 2015

Fall 2015 Talks

Fred Kahl  sideshow-gang

Extreme 3D printing: Recreating

Historic Coney Island, One layer at a time

Tuesday December 8, 2015 at 7 pm


Using five MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, Fred Kahl, AKA The Great Fredini, created a complete, accurately scaled model of Coney Island’s Luna Park as it stood in 1914. A year in the making, this 3D model is now on display at the Coney Island Museum. Mr. Kahl will share his process using MakerBot Replicator 3D printers, and how he managed to achieve the accurately scaled model. While pursuing his re-creation of Luna Park, Kahl also explored 3D scanning and invented The Scan-O-Tron 3000 Full Body 3D Scanning Rig. To help fund his ambitious Luna Park model, Kahl launched a Kickstarter campaign for a pop-up business, the Coney Island Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio. Using his invention, Kahl creates 3D portraits of customers that are then displayed in the Luna Park model at Coney Island Museum.


This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but reservations are required. Please email us at



Howard Goodman

The Digital Traveler – Walking and Shooting along the CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7 pm


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Caption: Fork, Galecia, Spain. ©Howard Goodman

In the Fall of 2013, Howard Goodman got this crazy idea to go for a walk: a 540-mile walk through some of the most breathtaking primeval landscapes, ancient cities and near-ghost towns that still exist in our civilized world.  El Camino de Santiago de Compostela has been a religious pilgrimage route – dating from about 800AD – that traditionally begins in a little village in the French Pyrenees and winds its way through Northern Spain, across mountains and plains ending at Santiago, Spain, near the Atlantic coast. In 1987 it was named a World Heritage Site.


Mr. Goodman will be presenting his personal photography from the Camino, which was recently exhibited at Theo Ganz Studio in Beacon, NY. He will discuss his insights and the challenges he faced not only as a photographer, but also as a Pilgrim walking this ancient path while living out of a backpack for almost two months.


Mr. Goodman’s way of working over the years has been to explore and examine a particular place or area in-depth for what he calls “found still lifes,” images of the residue that people leave in their wake of inhabiting or passing through a place. Other series have included the quiet, intimate corners of both public and private Kyoto, Japan, coastal fishing villages of Nova Scotia, Canada, and private estates.


Mr. Goodman has been on the faculty of Westchester Community College since 2007, and is a fine art and professional product photographer living and working in Peekskill, New York.  His art is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, The George Eastman House, the Pfizer Collection, and other private collections. He has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and has been a visiting researcher, artist-in-residence and lecturer in Kyoto, Japan.


This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but reservations are required. Please email us at



January 9, 2015

Spring 2015 Workshop


Meet the Designer/Illustrator: Phil Balsman balman2

Thursday, April 16, 2015 7 pm

Phil “Ballsy” Balsman began his career as one of the founding members of the in-house lettering department at DC Comics, where he did design work and lettering for such titles as All-Star Superman, Blue Beetle, Scalped, Swamp Thing, and many others. He moved on to work for Random House Publishing in 2007, designing covers for the Del Rey and Ballantine imprints, as well as art directing and designing logos for their Del Rey Manga imprint.

In 2010 he left to form his own studio, Odin Star Industries, where he and his wife, Paige Pumphrey, work together in Brooklyn, NY. They handle all cover design and production for Kodansha Comics, as well as interiors and lettering, along with work for various clients, including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Del Rey Books, Ballantine Books, Random House Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Grand Central Publishing.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension


Maker Workshop: An Introduction, Creating Smart Materials photo (13)

Sibel Deren Guler

Friday, April 10, 2015

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Smart Materials & Wearable Design • Inventiveness through Craft and Electronics

No Prerequisites · RSVP

In this workshop you will first create a personal guide to a set of materials and electronics that can be interfaced together through craft techniques such as sewing and paper folding. You will then design a “smart object” that can be prototyped using these materials. We will follow a simple design process to sketch and create these designs using the tools and materials provided. You will learn about science, design, electronics, while collecting new materials and crafting techniques to incorporate in your next project!

Adding new materials and techniques to your repertoire is inspiring and exciting. Not only does it make us more resourceful, it can be fun and educational! Invent-abling is a project devoted to teaching people how to work with smart materials and electronics in unconventional ways. The goal is to enable them to create new interactions through craft and design. The project shares the sentiment of the recent maker movement, to empower non-experts to tinker with “expert tools”.

Deren Guler is a physicist, designer and educator based in New York. She is interested in researching and developing technology that uses interactivity and computation to explore nature from a playful and sustainable approach. Designing accessible tools, particularly to improve the quality of life, is her key motivator.

She has led community based interactive projects and workshops around the world to diverse audiences of all ages. Her work includes ReplayMyPlay, an energy harvesting merry-go-round exhibit that was installed at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. In Float Beijing she designed colorchanging air quality boards that were mounted on to kites to create a public display of the pollution level.

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These events are open to the public and all enrolled students, but reservations are required. Please email us at


August 29, 2012

Fall 2012 Lectures and Screenings

Meet the Film Editor: Todd Sandler 

Thursday, December 6, 7 pm

Todd Sandler was born in Mount Kisco and raised in Somers. Todd’s first film, Corey, was co-directed with his brother, while he was still in school. The film garnered nationwide attention when it was acquired by IFC to be showcased as part of their “Shorts Before Features” program. After graduation, studied at NYU, studying all aspects of film post-production. He then got a position as the print traffic coordinator at the Jacob Burns Film Center—where he stayed for the next eight years, working his way up until he became the Center’s director of technology and in-house editor. He worked there until 2010, when he left to pursue other projects full-time.

As a freelance editor, his work includes feature-length narrative films, short films, documentaries, trailers, tributes and commercials. Recently, he edited the dramatic-thriller, Leave. He was also the sound designer and music editor; he worked alongside Jonathan Demme on his upcoming documentary, I’m Carolyn Parker, which premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival; He cut a theatrical trailer and several TV spots for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award Nominated film, War Horse, and also edited a tribute for Spielberg where he received the 2012 David O. Selznick Achievement Award at this year’s Producers Guild Awards. Upon accepting the award, Spielberg remarked “Everyone in this room should be working with him.”

This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email us at


Meet the Curator:

Amy Lipton, ecoartspace 

Thursday October 18, 2012, 7 pm

Come learn more about ecoartspace is one of the leading international organizations in a growing community of artists, scientists, curators, writers, nonprofits and businesses who are developing creative and innovative strategies to address our global environmental issues. They promote a diverse range of artworks that are participatory, collaborative, interdisciplinary and uniquely educational.

Founded in 1997 by Tricia Watts as an art and nature center in development,ecoartspacewas one of the first websites dedicated to art and environmental issues. New York City curator, Amy Lipton, joined Watts in 1999, and together they have curated numerous exhibitions, participated on panels, given lectures at universities, developed programs and curricula. They advocate for artists whose projects range from scientifically based ecological restoration to product based functional artworks, from temporal works created outdoors with nature to eco-social interventions in the urban public sphere, as well as more traditional art objects.

This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email us at


January 15, 2012

Spring 2012 Lectures/Workshops

Meet the Filmmaker:

The Housesitter,

by Humungoid Films

With Producer Pablo Bonelli and Writer/Director, Thomas Ascenzi

Question and Answer period follows the Screening

Thursday April 26,

2012, 7:00 pm

Q  & A period will follow the screening.

This local production company will be screening it most recent production, “The Housesitter”.

The Demons Cross Saga is the story of a struggle between two covert and ruthless powers.  The Housesitter is the first installment of the saga. “The Trust”, an elite secret society emanating from within a prestigious New England university and El Jefe, the shadowy figure behind Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel.  While power behind The Trust may be older and reach further, El Jefe has one important element on his side.  His enemies know less about him than he does about them. The central character Susan is from a family steeped in the traditions of The Trust, a tradition she rejects.  However, spite of her scorn however she and her friends are not safe from the crossfire of this clandestine war. What was meant to be a bucolic weekend in the country turns into a bloody nightmare for five friends as they are stalked and terrorized by a monstrous killer.

This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email us at


Matthew Slaats

Dead Hare Radio Hour Podcast

Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Matthew is an artist, activist and community organizer based in the Hudson Valley.  His work is based in a social practice that looks to create public forms of culture.  Seeing himself in hybrid roles, he works with communities to explore the wealth of social knowledge that is held in a place, then expressing it through forms of visual and interactive media.  His work includes the Hyde Park Visual History Project, Walking History, The Powers that Be, and Freespace. In 2010 he began PAUSE, a non profit organization that uses art as a catalyst for community engagement and development.

The Dead Hare Radio Hour is broadcast every Tuesday at 5pm (EDT) on 91.3 WVKR, Poughkeepsie, NY.

The show can be streamed on the WVKR website.

Download Episodes of The Dead Hare Radio Hour via iTunes.



Art21, Public Screening, April 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm
“Change”, Program One 
Join Us for a Public Screening of Art21
April 5, 2012, at 5:30 pm

Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill
“Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season Six includes 13 profiles of artists from five continents gathered into four, one-hour thematic episodes: Change, Balance, History and Boundaries. Spanning the globe from Nigeria to New York City, from Beijing to Brazil, the programs reveal the artists at work and speaking in their own words as they demonstrate the power of art to alter perception, challenge convention, and change how we see the world around us.
Episode 1: Change
photoThis episode features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation – cultural, material, and aesthetic – and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, and Catherine Opie are featured.

ePublishing with InDesign –
an Introduction

Michael Murphy, Adobe Certified Expert

Thursday April 12, 2012

6:30 – 9:30 pm

This 3-hour workshop is ideal for those qwho want to learn to create ePub documents from InDesign. The electronic book format that has become the industry standard, allowing eBooks that use this format to be read on a wide variety of eReaders, from dedicated hardware to desktop software to online based readers like the Kindle, the Nook and iPad.

This workshop covers these essential topics:

▪   What is ePUB

▪   Do’s and don’t for designing an ePUB

▪   Cleaning up your existing document

▪   Using the correct styles

▪   Applying Object Export options for images

▪   Creating a table of contents

▪   Managing a multi-document book

▪   Export Options

▪   HTML and CSS, what you need to know

▪   Adding metadata

▪   Testing your ePUB

For nearly 20 years, Michael Murphy has been a hands-on designer and art director, crossing the line between design, production and software training throughout his career. Michael is an Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign CS5, and the author of “Adobe InDesign CS4 Styles: How to Create Better, Faster Text and Layouts” (Adobe Press, 2009).  He is also a contributing writer for InDesign magazine, and a featured speaker at the InDesign Conference and several InDesign User Groups.