Summer Studios Electives
Designers are creative problem solvers. They must possess a thorough understanding of the principles of visual vocabulary and learn to be comfortable expressing their ideas visually. This course introduces basic skills and concepts fundamental to graphic designers, including process, conceptual thinking, creation and production. This course is not computer-based.
Painting from Observation
An introduction to painting from observation, students work from the live model as well as the observed environment. Students build their painting and observational skills through a variety of exercises, ranging from quick gestural studies to longer studies. Some class time is spent looking at old masters as well as contemporary artists for examples and inspiration.
This class focuses on fashion illustration with a concentration in garment construction. Students learn the importance of basic fashion illustrationin the industry, with the goal of learning to think with a pencil as a habit of mind. Students develop skills in pattern making, fabric selection, draping and garment construction. The final project is the creation of a piece to be exhibited at the conclusion of the program.
This course stresses basic drawing techniques using graphite, colored pencil, pen and ink. Emphasis is on creating a narrative and developing skills to interpret the narrative. Students study and research the history of illustration to contextualize their own pursuits.
Developing skills in fine art photography, students work in black and white with traditional 35mm film cameras. Students become familiar with darkroom processes and materials and learn the basics of exposure, film speed, aperture, shutter speed and depth of field. Composition and perspective are a focus of this class as students consider the formal elements of their work and what that communicates to the viewer.
Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Students practice basic jewelry making and metalsmithing techniques. Students learn the technical skills of sawing, filing, soldering, annealing and forming metal into ornamental and wearable art. Throughout the course, students will learn setting techniques for stones and found objects and be introduced to basic chain making. Contemporary artists and practices will be a source for inspiration to encourage students to combine metalsmithing methods with personal voice through 3-d problem solving assignments.