BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
Spring 2018 CS 120: Computer Science 1
Tenth Semi-annual All-section Art Show
Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science

Held in the AJ Atrium on Friday, March 30, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM


The collages shown below were created by students in the CS 120 course, and judged by their peers to be the best in each section of the course. Although these could have been created using an image-editing program, these students have written the code themselves to create these collages programmatically by manipulating individual pixels.

All student work included in this and other shows, as well as many other CS 120 students' work is provided in an online digital media repository maintained by the BSU University Libraries.


 

Section 1

Instructor: David Largent
Roll your mouse over a collage for a larger image.


"Warped" by Alexander Aylsworth
Freshman; Criminal Justice major, Military Science minor
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Artist's statement: "I found the structure and making the code intricate the most challenging aspect of the project. Being able to put my knowledge to the test and having to do some difficult problem solving to learn how to achieve the goal was the most rewarding aspect of the project."
"Fury" by Phil Belpasso
Freshman; Computer Science major
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Artist's statement: "I found the most challenging part of making the collage to be integrating the programs together into one. I found the most rewarding aspect of the collage creation to be the outcome when complete. Just having created something is rewarding it its own right."
"Apples to Apples" by Bridget Doherty
Sophomore; Journalism major, Computer Science, and French minors
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Artist's statement: "The most challenging aspect about creating this collage was writing the code, so it was hierarchically composed. I wrote the program bottom-up, so I ended up with multiple functions. Therefore, I had to go back and rewrite the functions that could be combined. The most rewarding part about creating the collage is the color. I spent a lot of time setting the apples' colors and making sure they had consistent tone and saturation, and I think the end result shows that."
"Big Daddy Billionaire" by Brenden Jones
Sophomore; Computer Science major, Business Information Technology minor
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Artist's statement: " The most challenging part was calling up a function for one picture and not all of them. The most rewarding part of this was getting to make a collage of our President!"
"Acidic Redundancy" by Keegan Maxwell
Freshman; Biochemistry major, Computer Science minor
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Artist's statement: "Trying to create the right size canvas when I adjusted the photos position and just trying to decide what to create was challenging. Being able to see a quality finished product was rewarding."
"Starman" by Jessica Walsh
Junior; Meteorology major, Astrophysics minor
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Artist's statement: "The most challenging part about creating the collage was deciding what pictures would look nice together and where they should be put, and the most rewarding part of the collage creation was seeing my signature go on it and feeling like I actually made some art that I didn't hate."

 

Section 2

Instructor: David Largent
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"Girl with Pearl" by Sara Bailey
Freshman; Physics major, Computer Science minor
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Artist's statement: "The most challenging part was getting the grid sorted out and of course picking what colors I wanted to use! I felt the most rewarding part was seeing it all come together in the end after I had written the code piece by piece."
"Pixelated python" by Samuel Gallagher
Freshman; Computer Technology major
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Artist's statement: "The most challenging part of creating this collage was trying to visualize what I think would look good and converting that into code. The first process is very abstract and inexact, while writing code is rigid. It was rewarding to see my knowledge of the python language visually represented in a way that most people can appreciate."
"Project 2" by Jamari Brown
Freshman; Computer Science major
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Artist's statement: "The most challenging was trying to be creative and figure out everything on the spot. Then after a while of thinking it would just come to mind very easily. The easiest part of this project was choosing a picture."
"The Many Great Waves" by Zachary Criswell
Freshman; Computer Science major, Computer Technology minor
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Artist's statement: "The hardest part about creating the collage was getting the first image onto the empty canvas. The most rewarding part was seeing the finished product. I felt proud of myself."
"Now I am Become Death, Destroyer of Worlds" by Alec Burch
Freshman; Computer Science major
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Artist's statement: "I found that writing the program to overlay my signature on the collage to be the most challenging part of this project. After I figured it out, it took some time to tinker with the inputs to get the best-looking signature I could. The most rewarding part of this project was writing all the different programs and seeing most of them work properly the first time I tested them. Every time I tested my program after adding a function I was delighted to see that I more or less got the result I wanted. Though, sometimes I had to change an X-value or Y-value here and there to position everything just right."
"Swans" by Sarah Phipps
Freshman ; Actuarial Science major, Foundations of Business minor
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Artist's statement: "The most challenging part of creating this collage was figuring out how to combine creativity with programming. I had ideas of what I wanted to do but felt restricted since I would have to write a program for each aspect of the collage. The most rewarding part of creating this collage was successfully translating my ideas and creativity into a program."
"Sheeple, Despite All Else" by Madison Turley
Freshman; Computer Science major, Computer Information Technology minor
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Artist's statement: "The most challenging aspect of this project for me was figuring out how to do the "reverse chromakey" for both my signature and the sheep’s head while still maintaining my desired look for the collage. I had some difficulty with the technicality of the programming and code as well in terms of figuring out how to write the code so that it produced the result that I wanted it to. The most rewarding part of my collage creation was being able to see the final product and knowing that I had created it without help from normal photo editing tools like Photoshop. It was a proud moment when I realized that I had done it purely with my own code."
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Section 3

Instructor: David Largent
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"Casual Meeting" by Zachary Betz
Sophomore; Chemistry and Physics majors
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Artist's statement: "It was challenging to reduce the size of the original cicada image without losing a great deal of detail (it was reduced to 1/4 its original size). Finally using this image for some creative purpose was quite rewarding for me."
"Evolution" by Angela Cardwell
Freshman; Undeclared major
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Artist's statement: "I found that coming up with an idea that was intriguing to be the most challenging part of creating this collage. The most rewarding part was when the program fully ran and showed my collage."
"Modifying Decorations" by Omar Flores
Sophomore; Computer Information Systems major, Computer Science, and Spanish minors
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Artist's statement: "The most challenging thing about creating the collage was getting started. Having the project over break was nice because i had plenty of time to do it but finding the motivation to start was very difficult to find. The most rewarding part of the collage was getting to see what i actually knew and getting to see how much i have learned while in CS 120."
"Sheep-Time Continuum" by Joshua Maurice
Junior; Geographic Information Science, and Meteorology and Climatology majors
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Artist's statement: "The hardest part of creating my collage was moving the sheep pictures all the way to the corners and figuring out the pixels that I needed to start at in order for that to work. The most rewarding part of the collage creation was seeing it all come together exactly the way I wanted it and hearing my peers say how cool it looked during the voting process."
"Indiana Drive" by Tia Jackson
Sophomore; Biology major, Chemistry minor
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Artist's statement: "The most challenging part was getting everything on the canvas and sized. The most rewarding was seeing what I created. I found this rewarding because I struggle in this class and to see that I created something that actually looks good made me feel good."
"All Science is either Physics or Stamp Collecting" by Tyler Redfern
Senior; Physics major, Mathematics minor
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Artist's statement: "The most challenging part was writing the color functions. Since I started with a grayscale picture, creating color functions that were pleasant to the eye ended up being difficult for me. The most rewarding part of creating the collage was knowing that my classmates found it creative enough to vote for it in the art show."
"Pay no attention to the fascism behind the curtain" by James Neubauer
Junior; Philosophy major, Political Science minor
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Artist's statement: "The most challenging part of creating the collage was honestly being willing to consider it complete. This project for me fits well the idea of a thing that is "never completed, only abandoned." The most rewarding part was the realization of what I can do with this."
"Dr. Pumpkin and Mr. Pied" by Darrell Payne
Junior; Computer Science major
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Artist's statement: "I found blending my signature into the picture's background challenging. Creating the collage was a fun experience that helped me learn more about programming."

Copyright © 2018 by the collage creators identified above each image.
Spring 2018 CS 120 All-section Art Show organized by David Largent with significant support from Paul Buis, and Kim Bechdolt.