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
This course is an introduction to painting from observation. Students work from a live model as well as the observed environment, building 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 classic 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 illustration in the industry. Learning to think with a pencil will become a habit of mind for students attending this studio. 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.
This course focuses on developing skills in fine art photography, working 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
This class introduces basic techniques of jewelry making. Students learn to draw to scale, create die, anneal and form metal. Surface design is explored through roller printing and etching. Tab construction and hinges are introduced as a way to enclose forms. Students look to historical artifacts and contemporary metalsmithing for inspiration.