Afternoon Elective Descriptions - Block A
Week 1: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Week 2: Tuesday, Thursday
Adobe Basics Bootcamp - FULL
Increase your knowledge or just start exploring the essential elements of Adobe Creative Suites main programs, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Elevate your creative skills and expand your techniques in this boot camp with hands-on exercises, tips, and tricks.
Explorations in Visual Narrative
This course is a theme-based, multi-media experience. We will experiment with abstraction, surrealism, realism, and storytelling. Through drawing, collage, painting, and Zine-making we will explore how we identify ourselves and others within the context of race, gender, culture, ethnicity and belief. Projects are designed to strengthen our understanding of the basic elements and principles of visual organization with a focus on line, shape, value, color and texture. We will also address how to incorporate text in relation to image in order to create balanced compositions to tell a story.
Book Arts Intensive!
Books can be made from one sheet of paper, or many sheets--and we'll do both: from zines, flag, and accordion variations to simple bindings. We will also experiment with books as sculpture and installation, changing the way you can get your message out there. We'll also create content in varying ways, from pockets and pop-ups to stenciling and simple printmaking techniques, as well as generating text.
Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking: Art as an Experience
Students will explore how combining practices in painting, printmaking, and drawing can dramatically add depth and meaning to their artwork. Through demonstrations, collaboration and critiques students will be introduced to a variety of tools and applications across media, then have the freedom to examine how this translates into their personal practice. Utilizing the principles and elements of design, we will start off creating work focused on realism then build towards more conceptual art. Students will leave this class feeling empowered to experiment and embrace failure when integrating media to convey their ideas.
Using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, students will explore illustration, painting, and design. With an emphasis on learning the techniques and tools available in digital mediums, students will be able to create work in a variety of styles that challenges them to create with intention to convey narrative and emotional meaning. Students will leave the class with an understanding of digital art and an understanding of visual language applicable to any medium.
Afternoon Elective Descriptions - Block B
Week 1: Tuesday, Thursday
Week 2: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday
Adobe Basics Bootcamp
Increase your knowledge or just start exploring the essential elements of Adobe Creative Suites main programs, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Elevate your creative skills and expand your techniques in this bootcamp with hands-on exercises, tips, and tricks.
Painting in Color: Color Theory
Color is a tool artist use to enhance an artworks expression, design, and mood. This course is for student skill building in color’s value, contrast, and color harmony in paint. Through light studies and painting demonstrations, we’ll witness enhancement in color temperature, color placement, and saturation. Students will apply techniques and paint applications into ‘from life’ color studies and their own photographs to explore the expression of color. All student levels are welcome.
Cartooning and Making Comics with Pen and Ink
Students explore the medium of comic arts through a dialogue on the central question, “What is cartooning?” To answer that question, we will practice using comics’ fundamentals including symbolic visual language, writing with pictures and multi-panel storytelling. We will create comics by following a creative process that includes doodling, thumbnailing, sketching, penciling and inking using their choice of traditional ink drawing tools. Students need no previous drawing skill or experience. Making comics is for everybody.
Beyond the Negative – A Traditional and Contemporary Practice in Photography
Explore a traditional practice of analog photography as well as a contemporary practice with the use of film. Students will use a large format camera to make multiple negatives to print from and manipulate. Students will develop their negatives in a traditional darkroom then use them in alternative sensitizing practices and manipulations. Students will have the opportunity to work with the view camera, wet darkroom, handmade studio, and digital lab to create intriguing, conceptual, and alternative images.
Visual Abstraction is a studio-based class designed to develop a student’s skill and understanding of applying the elements of art and design theory to compose drawings. These drawings will utilize direct observation, digital manipulation, and composition as a tool to help students compose works that focus more on expression, gesture, and formal construction with less emphasis on direct observation.