Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

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Actively Disengaging Walk #5: Downtown Typography Hunt

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Mar 18, 2016 4:48:11 PM

AllThis is the fifth and final in a series of blog posts where I model something I encourage my graphic design students to do — actively disengage during the design process. Doing this gives them a break from the problem at hand and I maintain it really helps stimulate some creative thinking. This led me to the idea of writing about five “actively disengaging” walks I have taken near the shores of Lake Champlain where Burlington College is located.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Burlington

Mikayla Johnson ‘16 Opens Show at New Moon Cafe

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Jan 12, 2016 5:02:25 PM

January 8 – February 29, 2016
New Moon Cafe, 150 Cherry Street, Burlington, Vermont

 
Looking for something to do on a chilly mid-winter day? Head on over to New Moon Cafe for a warm drink and the chance to peruse the artwork of talented Burlington College artist and student, Mikayla Johnson '16. Her artwork ranges from realistic natural landscapes to self-portraits and abstracts.
 
Describing her artistic process, she says, “I want to move, to escape, get lost, and travel when I paint. I paint to ask questions of myself in order to spark new curiosities. When I start a new painting I think of it as starting a new journey. I use a variety of mediums to create specific textures and colors while trying to portray a sense of wonder for my viewers.  I like to push myself in terms of process and enjoy exploring new ways of making a mark- whether it’s with coffee, sticks, cement, or my feet. As an artist of multiple disciplines, I also work with materials such as metals, wire, and stained glass.”
 
Mikayla moved to Vermont from Maine to study at Burlington College in 2012. Her favorite part of the College is its small size, “ I feel really lucky to have such small and interactive classes. I knew I needed to be in a smaller place and it just all made sense when I came here. I could feel the close-knit community of Burlington College even when I was just taking the campus tour as a prospective student.”
 
She will be graduating May, 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Expressive Arts. Mikayla currently works at the Shelburne Craft School, where she is a studio assistant and instructor for youth classes.
 
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Topics: Fine Arts, Events, Expressive Arts

Actively Disengaging Walk #4: North Beach Loop

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Jan 6, 2016 11:30:00 AM

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts where I model something I encourage my graphic design students to do — actively disengage during the design process. Doing this gives them a break from the problem and I maintain it really helps stimulate creative thinking. This led me to the idea of writing about five "actively disengaging" walks I have taken on the shores of Lake Champlain.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Campus, Burlington

Burlington College Woodworking Alums Shine at the 2016 NICHE Awards

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Jan 6, 2016 9:46:00 AM

Burlington College is always proud to hear about the successes and accomplishments of of our alumni, and most recently we were thrilled to have learned that two Burlington College alums have been selected as finalists in the 2016 NICHE Awards. Jesse Fox, a 2015 graduate of the B.F.A. in Woodworking and Fine Furniture-Making program, was selected for his piece The Dust Trap and Alicia Dietz, a 2013 graduate of the Advanced Fine Furniture-Making certificate program, was chosen for her piece Fallen Soldiers. Both artists were selected as finalists in the 'Student Wood' category.

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Topics: Woodworking, Alumni, Awards

Actively Disengaging Walk #3: Autumn Colors in Our Really Big Backyard

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Oct 13, 2015 5:14:34 PM

In a couple of previous blogs I model something I encourage my students to do — actively disengage during the design process. Doing this gives them a break from the problem and I maintain it really helps stimulate creative thinking. This led me to the idea of writing about five "actively disengaging" walks I have taken on the shores of Lake Champlain. Here's the third in the series of those walks.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Campus

Actively Disengaging Walk #2: North Street

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Jun 2, 2015 11:30:00 AM

In a previous blog I discussed the importance of having students actively disengage during the design process. This gives them a rest from the problem and helps stimulate creative thinking. This led me to the idea of writing about five "actively disengaging" walks I have taken on the shores of Lake Champlain. So, here's the second in the series of those walks. This time I visited North Street which is just a few blocks from campus and ends one block from the the lakefront.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Burlington

When It's Time To Actively Disengage

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

May 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM


"What is your design process?"

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Topics: Graphic Design, Photography, Burlington

Portfolio Review Day 2015

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

May 13, 2015 11:01:00 AM

Knowing 15 design professionals were going to show up at the College to look at their portfolios really got our graphic design students motivated — nervous, but motivated. We call it Portfolio Review Day and this year I decided participation was going to be a requirement for all Burlington College students in the Graphic Design program.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Events, Career Services

How to Prepare for Your Graphic Design Job Search — Part 5

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Apr 29, 2015 10:04:00 AM



You’ve worked hard at searching for your first graphic design job. You’ve honed your portfolio, refined your resume, written a persuasive cover letter, tightened up your online presence, produced a stunning leave behind piece, and applied for dozens of jobs. Suddenly all your hard work pays off — you get an offer for a job interview! It doesn’t matter what the job is, you accept. Good job, so-so job, job of your dreams, you take the interview. It will be a learning experience no matter what the result. Here’s a few tips before you head out the door with portfolio in hand.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Career Services

How to Prepare for Your Graphic Design Job Search — Part 4

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Apr 6, 2015 2:29:00 PM



The Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 13 percent through 2018, as demand for graphic design continues to increase. That means there are jobs out there. To get one right out of school you will need patience, persistence and a plan. Here's some help with a plan — persistence and patience have to come from within you.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Career Services

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The College offers Associate, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, as well as an Individualized Masters degree program, and several professional certificate programs.

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