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Mari Jaye Blanchard

Assistant Professor
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

585-475-5303
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Mari Jaye Blanchard

Assistant Professor
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

Education

BFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; MFA, University of Pennsylvania School of Design

585-475-5303

Currently Teaching

SOFA-406
4 Credits
Students work independently with their advisor towards completion of their capstone experience for their BFA degree. Students have a predetermined timeline and must complete all deadlines to pass this course.
SOFA-107
3 Credits
This course will introduce the concepts and mechanics of movement for animation, focusing on, but not limited to, character based movement. Animation principles will be introduced and applied using hand-drawn methods, which will serve as the foundation for their application in any desired medium. Weekly exercises will be recorded using standard animation software, and will be reviewed, discussed and open to group critique.
SOFA-407
4 Credits
Students work independently with their advisor towards completion of their capstone experience for their BFA degree. Students have a predetermined timeline and must complete all deadlines of that timeline to pass this thesis course including completion and public screening of finished work or final presentation of craft experience.
SOFA-890
4 Credits
This is the second of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester as well as present a final screening of their thesis.
SOFA-317
4 Credits
Students will explore all phases of animation short film production. Students design and produce a short film with sound that must be screened for the RIT community.
SOFA-228
3 Credits
This course concentrates on the structures of temporal organization for the screen in all animated productions. Particular attention is paid to the structures of scriptwriting and the layout of movements and visual composition via editing into storyboards. Various individual written script projects will be required of the student, leading to a final production script for an animated film that will be storyboarded and formatted.
SOFA-108
3 Credits
This course focuses on the mechanics of motion as applied to animated characters, both human and non-human. Working directly from a live model, costumed and nude, and also employing visualization techniques, students will apply figure-drawing skills along with gesture drawing, focusing on the correct representation of weight, energy and force in sequential poses. Specific attention is paid to improving drawing skills in order to create stronger storytelling poses for animated properties. A variety of drawn animation examples will be screened in class.
SOFA-599
1 - 6 Credits
SOFA Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined deliverables. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.
SOFA-799
1 - 4 Credits
Film and Animation Graduate Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined deliverables. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.
SOFA-203
3 Credits
This course focuses specifically on the sequential stages of hand-drawn digital animation. Students will explore every stage of production of a short animated scene, including dialogue, from ideation to clean up. Each week builds on the previous week’s progress. The final result is a complete rough-animated scene.
SOFA-790
4 Credits
This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester.

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Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Blanchard, Mari Jaye. Mutoscope: Labor of Love. Jun. 2019. The Magenta Suite, Exeter. Installation.
Blanchard, Mari Jaye. Tired Tongues. Aug. 2016. Westbeth Gallery, New York. Installation.
Blanchard, Mari Jaye. Every Single Inch of Ground. 24 Nov. 2016. Museum van Loon, Amsterdam. Exhibit.
Blanchard, Mari Jaye. Every Single Inch of Ground. Dec. 2016. Lite-Haus, Berlin. Exhibit.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Blanchard, Mari Jaye. "Line of Action: The Two-Dimensional Line in Three Dimensional Space." Proceedings of the UFVA Conference 2019, Minneapolis, MN. Ed. Michael Clarke. Minneapolis, MN: n.p..
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Blanchard, Mari Jaye. "The Animated Line in VR: Hand Drawn Animation Workshop." Anibar Animation Festival. Anibar. Peja, Kosovo. 16 Jul. 2019. Conference Presentation.