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  • ACN-509W

    Designing + Dyeing "by Hand" -

    To create beautiful, effective, sellable surface/textile designs, it is critical to understand and develop ideas and concepts thoroughly before beginning work on the computer. This new class therefore features a variety of "by hand" methods that can be used in creating final designs for apparel, paper, accessories, and home decor. Shibori dyeing, batik/resist printing, hand stenciling, low-water immersion, foiling, silk screening, embroidery, embellishments, and sustainable dyeing techniques will all be explored. A final collection will then be created based on the "by hand" technique of your choice.

    Prerequisites: Knowledge of color theory; basics drawing skills are recommended but not required.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • ACN-219

    Fashion + Costume Drawing

    Working from live fashion and costumed models, students will explore: transitioning from life drawing to fashion and costume drawing; rendering draped fabric on the figure; drawing garment details; drawing historic costume; figure proportion; and experimentation with an assortment of media techniques. Digital illustrators working on laptops are welcome; please bring your own laptop if you wish to work digitally. This beginning-to-intermediate class is designed for: students working on college degree program entrance portfolios; fashion and costume teachers; illustrators; fashion and costume designers and entertainment business artists and designers. Beginning to intermediate level. Please bring the following supplies to the first class: Biggie drawing pad (14x 17" or larger), drawing board, two black Tombow pens and a water brush.

    1 unit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-089

    Introduction to 3D Design

    Designers and artists work with form and space to create meaningful and useful products, communications and experiences. In this course, you'll explore the basic elements and principles of three-dimensional design as a means for artistic expression and design solutions of all kinds. Develop a working knowledge of the processes and vocabulary associated with three-dimensional form. Topics include form, space, mass, weight, balance, rhythm, unit forms, structure and balance. This course focuses on principles and elements of design and the design process. While digital tools may be used, assignments and exercises are created by hand and are conceptual in nature. The course is an ideal foundation for beginning- and intermediate-level students interested in transportation and product design, architecture, 3D modeling, sculpting, environmental design, furniture design and more. Open to beginning and intermediate-level students.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-434W

    Surface Design: Illustrator

    This one-day workshop provides an overview of Adobe Illustrator tools, tips, tricks and best work practices needed to create commonly used vector-based repeat patterns for the surface/textile industry. Hands on projects during the workshop will allow you to practice full drop, half drop, brick, diamond, mirror and scatter-toss repeats. Other topics include precise measurements, color editing, pattern swatches, pattern maker, manual pattern layout, custom brushes, technical requirements for mass production, and more. Adobe Illustrator is ideal to use for vector-based artwork and is equally important as Photoshop is for continuous tone artwork. Equal knowledge of both programs is crucial for professional level work in the field of surface/textile design.

    Prerequisite: Digital Design 1, or basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-433W

    Surface Design: Photoshop

    This one-day workshop provides an overview of Adobe Photoshop tools, tips, tricks and best work practices necessary in creating commonly used repeat patterns for the surface/textile industry. In-class hands-on projects will be done to practice full drop, half drop, brick, diamond, mirror and scatter-toss repeats. Other topics include precise measurements, color editing, define pattern, pattern layers, manual pattern layout using both transform and offset options, technical requirements for mass production, and more. Adobe Photoshop is ideal for continuous tone artwork and is equally important as Adobe Illustrator is for vector artwork. Equal knowledge of both programs is crucial for professional level work in the field of surface/textile design.

    Prerequisite: Digital Design 1 or basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-508W

    Textile/Surface: Explore

    In a world where many designs feature "generic" surface/textile motifs and collections, this course will emphasize finding your own unique design style and sensibility. Find out what distinguishes you from other artists as you develop a portfolio of several collections during the course. We will "mine" journals and past artwork, transform written product, personalize a global trend, and perform other in-class projects that will free you to take risks, push through difficulty, and find what inspires you. Creating a unique branding strategy through social media and website design will also be discussed and critiqued.

    Prerequisites: Introduction to Surface Design, or Design for Textiles + Surfaces, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Access to a computer, scanner and printer, plus previous Photoshop or Illustrator experience is helpful.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring