Drawing A (AM) and (PM)
This workshop explores the fundamentals of drawing and expands traditional skills through varied studio practices. Participants investigate the intersection between drawing and collage, incorporating diverse media to create and convey ideas. The materials available to participants to express themselves include paper, ink, graphite, print media, image fragments, and found objects. Artworks will emphasize the development of new skills and construction methods. Participants in this workshop will not only benefit from an opportunity to hone their interests as artists but appreciate the opportunity to engage in an evolving visual dialogue steeped in a rich history.
Drawing B (AM)
This studio class in drawing will involve working in a variety of wet and dry media, both value-based and color, including charcoal, India ink, and pastels. Students will explore working from observation with different criteria, including representing and abstract works. We will work from the figure and landscape. While working from this particular subject matter, each maker will be concentrating on developing their unique interpretations. We will also spend time looking at contemporary and traditional drawings for additional guidance. At various times throughout the class, we will engage in individual and group critiques in an effort to stimulate discussion about our works.
Mixed-Media and Painting
Students will immerse themselves in studio work and gain insight and experience in painting & mixed media. Foundational techniques that focus on observational skills will be covered- from painting from life and shorter gestural exercises. Students will then transition into a more experimental studio practice with various mixed-media applications as they build upon established skills to create their artistic voice. Teaching methods in this class include in-class exercises, guided practice with new techniques and materials, group activities, independent work based on students’ choices, class discussions, and critiques. Students will explore how traditional and contemporary artists have used painting and mixed media in their artwork.
Storytelling in Animation
From the moment the first painting appeared on a cave wall over 30,000 years ago, humans have been telling stories using visual art. But why do we do it, and how do the best storytellers do it so well? In the storytelling in animation workshop, we will explore the answers to the questions as we walk through the research, develop ideas, and transfer the stories onto the screen. We’ll begin with concept art and character design, then write a short script, draw out our storyboards, and finally finish with a story pitch to bring them to life.
Photography and Editing
This studio course will provide the students with a basic working knowledge of the digital camera, focusing on basic aesthetic principles such as photo shooting, photo editing, and photography compositions. Students will learn photo shooting techniques (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, White Balance, exposure, and focus) and photo editing techniques (exposure, contrast, highlight/shadows, colors, size, and proportion) using editing programs (Lightroom and Photoshop) and photography compositions. Students will analyze and apply the conceptual, technical, and aesthetic elements through creating photographs. Students will also develop an individual project for critique and exhibition. A digital camera is required.
This studio class in printmaking will explore various techniques, including relief, lithography, drypoint, and letterpress. Participants will develop imagery from a variety of prompts and themes common to contemporary art. We will also spend time examining contemporary and traditional prints for additional guidance. We will engage in individual and group critiques throughout the class to stimulate discussion about our works.
Students working in Sculpture explore traditional and experimental forms – from clay, wood, and cardboard to pop culture products, media screens, and fashion. Experimental sculpture can involve everyday materials, sound, video, machines, and movement.
This course will introduce the students to the fundamentals of digital graphic design. The primary objective of this course is to show the artist or designer can enhance creativity, graphic design, and technical skills in various design projects. Students will understand and think critically about visual design principles and software applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will produce creative and innovative design projects that synthesize information regarding digital technology. Students will develop proficiency in software and tools associated with graphic design, digital imaging, and vector graphics. Students will design, construct and present a final design project for critique and exhibition.
Introduction to Animation
animate (v.) – from anima “life, breath.” During the Introduction to Animation workshop, we will experiment with multiple forms of practice to bring our ideas to life. Students will utilize both traditional analog methods and digital tools to craft animated work, emphasizing the principles of animation.