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  • ACN-520

    Abstract Painting +composition

    Explore the abstract visual principles and processes that underlie all traditional art. This course examines formalist art theory and the rise of modernism, deep space versus flat space, monumental space, and color versus field painting, as well as the exploration of the creative process. Class will examine traditional abstract as well as contemporary painters for analysis and discussion. Students may work in a variety of mediums of their choice, including watercolor, acrylic and oil. Invited speakers will address the class on both their technique and processes of painting. In-class exercises will offer students an opportunity to discover their individual psychological space and to understand color as a method of tapping into the creative process. The final project includes a painted visual diary.

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Painting or equivalent, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor; no prior abstract painting experience is required.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-436

    Advanced Surface Design

    In this advanced-level surface design class, you will complete 14 collections (1 per week) with the goal of building a full portfolio that you can use to apply for jobs in the industry or show potential clients. For those interested in pursuing surface design professionally, this class will provide an opportunity to work at a much deeper level into various themes and develop a signature style.

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Surface Design.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • ACN-468

    Art for Change: Social Pract

    This course is an overview and application of strategies in contemporary social practice. We will define ways in which today's artists integrate other disciplines of knowledge like sociology, psychology, and political philosophy with methodologies of aesthetics, performance, activism, engagement, and education to realize an art form that addresses social issues. We will look to artists who use these strategies in an aesthetic practice as well as artists whose primary intention is to confront and affect social change. Students will have the opportunity to design their own projects according to their interests, explore ways to utilize social practices in their work, and/or deepen social practice strategies already utilized. Prerequisites: prior coursework in contemporary fine art such as Fine Art Projects, Installation Art, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • ACN-115W

    Basics of Painting: Figure

    Learning to paint the human figure is a natural progression from still life painting. This second class in the Basics of Painting series uses the figure to explore issues such as composition, proportion, shape and value. Students who have an understanding of these essential skills will be more confident painting the figure with conviction. Prerequisite: Basics of Painting: Part 1 Still Life, or by permission of an Art Center advisor.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-116W

    Basics of Painting: Still Life

    This seven-week Basics of Painting class will explore the fundamentals of painting using objects and still life, allowing beginning students the opportunity to learn basic techniques without the pressure that the human figure presents. Students may paint in the medium of their own choosing: oil, acrylic or watercolor. No prerequisite.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-186W

    Best Practices / Oil Painting

    This one-day seminar will show you how to unlock the endless possibilities for painterly expression in the use of oil paints, a painting medium that has been in use for 1000 years. Many artists never go beyond the basics because so little information beyond the basics is readily available, or they are scared off from oil paints believing they are complicated and dangerous. This seminar will provide you with the knowledge necessary to explore the vast potential of this medium, as well as how to use it safely and simply. Through a combination of video demonstrations, slides, and discussions, we will explore why you should choose one oil painting medium over another, one pigment over another, how to produce artwork that will will last for generations, and how you can take advantage of recent technological advances. Appropriate for painters of all levels. (Formerly titled Mastering Oil Painting.)

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-485W

    Business of Art:Getting Start

    Eager to exhibit your work but not sure what steps to take? This no-nonsense seminar will help get you started. Topics include: setting goals, making connections, managing time, selling your work, and creating an action plan. Open to students and emerging artists who are looking to launch or refocus their art careers, find exhibition opportunities, etc.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-542W

    Business of Textile Design

    During this jam-packed one-day seminar, designer Brett Barker will share her insider's knowledge about the "business" of textile design. Topics will include: how to design for the textile industry, adapting your existing designs, interfacing with textile mills, dealing with imports/exports, and more. This is an ideal course for surface designers, illustrators, graphic designers and anyone interested in learning about this fast-paced industry.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • ACN-390

    Character Design for Animation

    Learn the creative process of conceptualizing iconic characters for the entertainment industry, focusing on research, acting, gesture, psychology, storytelling, originality and other crucial technical aspects of character design for animation. Please note that although this course uses character design methodologies from the world of animation, students will not be animating in this class. This is an ideal course for aspiring students who are preparing admissions portfolios for the Character Animation track of ArtCenter's Entertainment Design program.

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Figure Drawing, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. This course will focus primarily on hand-sketching with live models provided during class.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-372

    Collage and Mixed Media

    This studio course enables you to explore contemporary collage through studio practice, visual aesthetics, and historical concepts as you develop technical skills and a conceptual understanding of the medium. You will be encouraged to set up artistic problems and to explore your own creative ideas as well as develop verbal and written literacy about your work. Practices and techniques to be explored include color mixing, collage (traditional and non-traditional), Medium transfer, Acetone transfer, painting (watercolor and acrylic), drawing, patching and stencil techniques, hand mono-printing, working with found objects and sculpture. Abstraction and representational art will be explored. Group critiques will enable you to analyze and discuss your own artwork as well as artwork of your peers; visits to local galleries and museums will enrich and broaden your perspective. Open to students of all levels.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-525

    Color + Light in Painting

    To focus on color that creates space, mood and light, this course will use the "light keys in nature" approach to color that originated with American Impressionist Henry Hensche, the direct successor to the great Charles Hawthorne. Relating this to Monet's ideas on color, we will examine how composition and form can be expressed through color planes. Using Hensche's approach as a basis, we will also examine principles of composition as an example of monumental space. Some meetings will be held at off-campus sites where students can paint the landscape directly from nature. Students will be encouraged to read Hensche's and Hawthorne's books on painting.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-229W

    Comic Book/Graphic Novels

    Learn the ins and outs of comics and graphic novels by diving into various illustrative exercises and experimental storytelling. You will learn how to make dynamic page designs utilizing an arsenal of trade tools from graphic design, comics, and entertainment design. This class explores illustrative techniques, character design, pacing, cinematic design and story development. Each student will produce a solid portfolio of work, a self-published book and a website.

    Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills are mandatory.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring and Summer

  • ACN-160

    Composition and Drawing

    Strengthen and enhance the concepts introduced in Introduction to Figure Drawing. During the first several weeks, we will review skills in gesture, proportion, contour and analysis of form. Later, anatomical observation (skeletal structure and musculature), mechanical function and foreshortening will be introduced and integrated into class drawings and assignments. In the final weeks, you will have the opportunity to explore light theory and apply all the concepts gained by practicing with long poses. This fundamental course emphasizes a thorough practice of the skills required to draw the human figure and is a vital class for Illustration or Fine Art students. (Formerly titled Intermediate Figure Drawing).

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Figure Drawing, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

    Transferable.* *Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students. See "Course Credit" menu under https://www.artcenter.edu/acn/resources.jsp for additional details.

    3 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-228

    Contemp. Illustration Concepts

    In a competitive global marketplace, refining your unique point of view as an artist is essential to a successful and rewarding career in the visual arts. This is an ideal portfolio refinement class for students to develop, explore and create dynamic work for fine art exhibitions, graphic design, illustration, or mixed media projects. Students will learn about a variety of prolific working artists and their individual processes through artist profiles and documentaries. Students will be introduced to an array of possibilities within their own work. This class will challenge and encourage students to explore new potentials and techniques. Class projects can be tailored to meet individual needs. Instructors are open to working with students on their own desired media goals. Please bring samples of recent art projects to the first class meeting.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-469

    Craft Your Creative Brand

    In order to get noticed and build a long-term creative career, freelancers and artists must develop their own distinct, marketable brands. In this course ideal for creative entrepreneurs, aspiring creative professionals, designers, photographers, illustrators and artists you will explore your aspirational goals, core values and distinct approach as the basis for designing your visual brand identity. You will focus on crafting and presenting a consistent visual message relevant to clients, collectors or patrons. Approaches to marketing, content creation, curation and establishing authorship will be explored. No prerequisite.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-133W

    Creative Letterform

    In Creative Letterform, you will learn to use letterforms as design elements and as a means of communication to convey verbal, emotional and associative information. Gain an understanding of the illustrative and character qualities of letterforms and become familiar with the personalities of various letterforms as you explore contrast, shape, size, color and direction. Discover how to create compositions using the form and construction of letters-straights and curves, verticals and horizontals can produce strong directional movement; thick and thin strokes and varying weights of letterforms can create textures, patterns and rhythms.

    No prerequisites.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • ACN-419W

    Creative Process Demystified

    This one-day course will help to demystify the creative process. Whether your project involves a logo, website, illustration or entertainment design-oriented work, by the end of the day, you'll have a solid understanding of each of the different stages of the creative process and how to use them in your particular area of interest to come up with more creative solutions and make better decisions from the early sketch to the final project in the fields of illustration, graphic design, entertainment design and advertising.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • INT-102L

    Design 1 - Materials Lab

    This non-credit lab is specifically for ACN Graphic Design students concurrently enrolled in INT-102X Design 1 and who are prospective students for ArtCenter's Graphic Design degree program. Lab meets weeks 3 through 9 and will instruct students in the safe operation of certain shop equipment (including the table saw, band saw, and lathe), so that they may access the shop to complete class projects during the term.

    This lab requires concurrent enrollment in INT-102X.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring and Summer

  • ACN-007

    Design 360

    Are you interested in art or design, but not sure which area suits you best? Would you like to sample each major offered at Art Center? Then this class is for you! Design 360 explores the major art and design fields offered in Art Center's degree program, including: advertising, graphic design, photography, filmmaking, fine art, illustration, product design, environmental design, entertainment design, and transportation design. Through projects centered around one major theme, you will have a chance to explore the principles of each of these art and design disciplines. Drawing skills will be emphasized as an essential way to communicate your ideas. This class is the perfect first class for adult students (over age 18) who are either new to design or seeking to expand their creative horizons.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-068

    Digital Painting Entertainment

    This introductory digital painting course is designed specifically for aspiring entertainment design, entertainment arts, and illustration students. Painting can seem complicated, but by understanding the medium and combining foundation skills with more lateral approaches, you can discover the joy of digital painting. The first half of the course will focus on the fundamentals of painting in Photoshop. Working primarily from observation (master copies, plein air photographs, movie stills), you will learn to create color palettes, how to make brush strokes, understand value, and use lighting and rendering to complete a composition or character. The second half of the class will focus on imaginative principles of creating paintings from scratch using more advanced techniques. For in-class assignments, no digital tools are needed, just a pen or pencil. For homework assignments, students must have access to a computer with Adobe Photoshop CS6, a Wacom tablet and a digital camera to take reference photos for plein air, brush and texture projects. Prerequisite: Introduction to Entertainment Design, or by permission of an Art Center advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-429

    Digital Sketching W/Photoshop

    Learn to digitally draw (almost) everything using a variety of digital drawing techniques used by professional concept artists, storyboard artists, illustrators, and industrial designers in today's entertainment design industry. Using photographic reference, you will learn how to approach a sketch of various subject matter such as rocks, plants, animals, armor, characters, creatures, vehicles, props, environments, film studies and props. This is an ideal class for aspiring concept designers, illustrators, animators or students considering ArtCenter's undergraduate Entertainment Design major. Prerequisites: Introduction to Figure Drawing and Digital Design 1 or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • ACN-111W

    Draw/Paint From Square One

    Increase your visual awareness and synchronize your mind, eye and body with the creative process. In this drawing and painting workshop we will engage in simple mindfulness and awareness exercises that quiet the critical mind, allowing you to create from your direct experience of the present moment. Using wet and dry media and hand-printing techniques, create work that combines color, line, image and texture. Demonstrations and group feedback are woven into the class. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to improve their skills in painting, increase their creativity and expand their habits of seeing.

    All levels of experience are welcome. For those repeating the course, instructor will work individually with you to explore the possibilities of your body of work.

    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-168

    Head and Hands

    This course concentrates on learning how to read the primary forms of the face and hands and then how to translate that knowledge into a meaningful artistic statement. Learn to draw the head in action-in any position-with the proper expressions and conveying the energy of the pose, and ground your observational powers through an understanding of the planes of the head and anatomy. As you realize the expressive power of hands, you will learn what it takes to draw them dynamically to enhance a portrait by breaking down their complexity into simple forms. The ultimate goal of this course is to learn how to simplify and demystify the complexities of a "likeness." You will also examine great masters' portraiture drawings and compare different periods to enhance your understanding.

    3 units

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-045

    Intro to Entertainment Design

    Concept designers for the entertainment industry skillfully illustrate and design unique and compelling characters, environments, vehicles and props for all kinds of stories and eras. This industry requires a unique combination of industrial design and illustration skills to understand how things are built, to communicate this through drawings and to show narrative aspects of the design. This course offers an introduction to the concept design process. Students will create original design solutions through sketches and renderings to support a story. This is an ideal class for students considering Art Center's undergraduate Entertainment Design major or for those seeking an understanding of how concepts are created for entertainment-oriented projects. Prerequisites: Intro to Figure Drawing and Perspective, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-574W

    Intro to Letterpress Printing

    Explore the art of letterpress printing in this hands-on workshop. This is a great introduction to setting and printing metal type, where you can take advantage of more than 2,500 drawers of foundry type in the Archetype Press collection. Learn how to use a pica rule, composing stick, leading, spacing, the layout of the California Job Case, mix ink and how to operate a Vandercook proof press. You will set, proof and print multiple copies of a poem or a few lines of text. We will then distribute type and clean up. No prerequisites or previous experience required.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-527

    Intro to Narrative Painting

    In Intro to Narrative Painting, we will investigate how to create images with strong visual narrative and learn how to build a compelling mood through composition and color. While you are free to choose your media, we will explore how to combine techniques to better integrate storytelling and visual communication. Each week different themes will be explored - from mythology to space travel and more - as a means for you to develop your own story and create images that are clear, engaging, and emotionally satisfying. An ideal class for students interested in ArtCenter's Illustration program as well as those seeking to better understand thematic structure as a way to resolve visual problems in illustration.

    Prerequisites: Intro to Figure Drawing and Basics of Painting, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-450

    Intro to Rhino 3D

    As the most versatile 3D modeling tool, Rhinoceros 3D can do it all. This software's flexible and easy-to-adapt tool set makes the learning process fun and extremely intuitive. Unlike surface modelers, Rhino uses NURBS to create fast and accurate geometry which allows you to focus on design and not worry about surface inconsistencies. Course will provide enough information to start modeling in Rhino and utilize its Grasshopper visual programming language for extensive parametric capabilities.

    Prerequisite: Digital Design 1 or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-258

    Intro to Surface Design

    Discover the limitless possibilities-and career opportunities-of the burgeoning arena of surface design! In this new course ideal for advanced students and professionals in the fields of graphic design, textile design and illustration, we will explore the many styles and techniques used in creating surface designs. Over the course of 14 weeks, we will review designer case studies, product categories beyond textiles, and themes in demand by manufacturers. Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, we will also scan hand-drawn artwork; set up accurate repeat patterns; change colors, scale and textures; and color index for mass production. Finally, we will develop coordinated surface design collections, take a collection from concept through refinement, and apply designs to products. Prerequisites: Basic drawing, color theory, design and computer skills using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • ACN-009

    Introduction to Figure Drawing

    The ability to draw the human figure is a vital skill for your academic and professional success in many areas of art and design. This class is an essential first step for those planning to study fine art, animation, illustration, costume design, character design and concept design. Working from a model, you will examine the elements of drawing the human figure and the principles of composition and develop observational drawing skills by investigating proportion, form and gesture. Charcoal, graphite pencil and various other media will be used.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-380

    Introduction to Illustration

    Sharpen your conceptual problem-solving abilities as you explore various mediums and techniques-including acrylic, watercolor and mixed-media-to illustrate ideas for magazines, newspapers and books. Demonstrations are given for each technique, and practical compositional and design elements will be addressed with each assignment. Projects will be editorial in nature; later projects can be self-directed to reflect individual interests or portfolio needs. An overview of the field of illustration will also be provided.

    Prerequisite: Some prior drawing experience is required. Formerly titled: ACN-224 Illustration Techniques and Concepts

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-020

    Introduction to Painting

    This course will provide an in-depth presentation of the fundamentals and motives of painting. Both traditional techniques and contemporary attitudes will be explored, with an emphasis on color, composition and form. Students will engage in a series of exercises using simple subject matter and will study the human figure to learn painting principles and develop creative approaches. Some prior drawing experience is recommended but not required.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-320

    Love for the Drawing Line

    In this class, instructor Christian Clayton will help demystify the drawing process for students by helping them break creative boundaries and explore new territories. Students will be introduced to a variety of hands-on experimental approaches in making images using various mediums that constitute a line. The class will explore contemporary drawing and art issues, plus strategies concerning art interpretation. Each student will be encouraged to explore renegade mediums of drawing in order to develop drawing maturation and a personal style. Discussions will introduce students to other artists who speak informatively on their development of personal drawing expression as well as how and why they create images. Open to students of all disciplines and levels. Please bring your portfolio or drawing samples to the first class meeting.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-104W

    Make it Great:Design Concepts

    This course introduces new and intermediate students to the skill sets needed in the design and illustrative fields. Each week students are introduced to a variety of core fundamentals necessary to succeed in the applied arts. Topics covered include an overview of comp sketching (people, places and objects), perspective (to create accurate space and dimension in indoor and outdoor environments), composition, color theory and visual communication. Ideal for those interested in the fields of graphic design, advertising and illustration, this course is designed to support and reinforce the skills necessary in the creation of successful content. More info: www.artcenter.robertpastrana.com

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-128

    Mastering Color:Artist/Design

    Color is one of the main communicators in any visual endeavor. In this seven-week workshop, students will learn to use color in ways that enhance the aesthetics and usability of their work. Topics covered include: understanding and controlling the three characteristics of color; dealing with tonal and color keys; developing proficiencies using the inherent relationships of colors within the color wheel; and the psychology of color. Discussions of color throughout the visual arts, including photo and film, will also be covered. Class projects will help students become proficient in color mixing and deciding which colors are the best ones relative to a given assignment. This class is ideal for those interested in illustration, design, advertising and fine art, and may be taken in conjunction with Mastering Composition and Design. For more info visit: www.artcenter.robertpastrana.com

    1 unit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-127

    Mastering Composition + Design

    Developing a keen awareness of the communicative power of shapes and designing expressive compositions are the foundations of visual expression. In this seven-week class, you will learn to use design and compositional elements to enhance the effectiveness of your work. Composition will be discussed at two levels: the micro level, managing shapes inherent in the design process; and the macro level, learning effective ways to compose on the page. Time will be spent learning how to effectively control visual priorities on the page, whether in a painting, logo, website or drawing. With open assignments based on a student's area of interest, this course can serve to enhance ongoing projects and inform new ones. This course is suitable for those interested in illustration, design, advertising and fine art, and may be taken in conjunction with Mastering Color for Illustrators and Designers. For more info visit: www.artcenter.robertpastrana.com

    1 unit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-106

    Perspective

    Increase your understanding of 3D perception and linear perspective systems. Through a series of exercises, develop your technical skills and improve your ability to simulate 3D space on a 2D plane. Theories explored in class apply to traditional and digitally generated images. Primary applications are to illustration and to industrial and environmental design. A foundation course for many majors.

    Required textbook: The Complete Guide to Perspective Drawing. Author: Craig Attebery ISBN: 978-1-13-821562-7. www.routledge.com

    Transferable for Illustration majors (see REGISTRATION INFO-COURSE CREDIT for details).

    3 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-114W

    Plein Air Painting

    In this course, you will explore the on-site plein-air experience of landscape painting and examine the technical questions and formal issues that arise in this genre. Painting on location, you will discover that landscape is more than subject matter; it is a way to explore how an artist organizes elements in a visual field to make a dynamic, coherent and paintable composition. Color theory, composition and quick painting techniques will be the main focus of this seven-week course. Atmosphere and depth-crucial elements in achieving believability-will be studied extensively. First class meeting will be held at Art Center's Hillside Campus; subsequent class meetings will explore various sites around Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-367

    Printmaking Studio

    Explore both historical and current digital techniques involved in fine art printmaking and image production. Develop an increased appreciation for and knowledge of printmaking processes such as intaglio, silkscreen, woodcut, plate lithography, as well as alternative photographic techniques that include photoengraving, salt printing and cyanotype. Course includes weekly demonstrations, assignments, presentations and group critiques. Individual projects will emphasize independent thought, creativity, problem solving and technical ability. Class size is limited.

    Prerequisite: Open to beginning- to intermediate-level students but previous coursework in art, design or photography is strongly recommended.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-001L

    Printmaking: Optional Lab

    Art Center at Night students enrolled in Printmaking Studio this term may purchase additional lab time to use the printmaking facilities outside of their scheduled class hours. Concurrent enrollment in Printmaking Studio is required. Note: Space in the Printmaking lab is extremely limited. Available lab time is based on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to the hours listed.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-517W

    Shibori Weekend Workshop

    "Shibori" is the Japanese word for embellishing textiles through the shaping and securing of the cloth before dyeing. Chance and accident are inherent in this "wabi sabi" dyeing method that dates back to A.D. 700 and which is currently enjoying a resurgence, appearing in blockbuster musicals like The Lion King, high-end runway fashion apparel, and even trendy interior designs. During this weekend intensive, you will explore traditional and contemporary approaches to Shibori. Knowledge of color theory is recommended but not required. Open to students of all levels.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • ACN-303W

    Social Media for Entrepreneurs

    Set up the tools and protocols needed to effectively brand, publish and market your work online. In this seven-week course, you will create a personal identity, edit your work to showcase your talents in a visually compelling way, learn to tell the story of who you are and what you do, find and grow your audience, and build an online presence. Learn methods to effectively engage with followers and maximize the power of search. An ideal workshop for sculptors, artists, photographers, clothing designers, illustrators, jewelry designers, product designers, and any creative with a skill or product they would like to sell.

    Prerequisites: Internet proficiency, an interest in social media, plus images of work you would like to sell or promote.

    1 unit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-427

    Sound Design for Media

    Learn tools and techniques used by sound designers through guided practice in the disciplines of listening, recording, editing, mixing and delivering. Students will practice a variety of sound design techniques and collaborate to come up with solutions through several micro-projects designed to strengthen skills and improve their knowledge of the design flow. Using a flipped classroom approach, pre-produced videos will demonstrate course materials and show concepts in action. This is an ideal course for anyone interested in understanding how to design sound for movies, animation, advertising, and more. Required: students will need access to a computer (PC or Mac).

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-165

    Storyboarding

    This course provides an introduction to the versatile field of storyboarding.Class discussions and demonstrations will cover different styles and techniques of sequential art used in live action, animation and commercial applications. Through a combination of in-class and homework assignments, this course will teach you the necessary mechanics of visual storytelling and help you develop an individual and industry-typical style. Special guest speakers will round out the classroom experience. Students may draw by hand or work in digital formats using Wacom boards and laptops. Note: access to Art Center's computer facilities is not included. Please provide your own equipment and software if you wish to work digitally. This course is designed for students and professionals who wish to expand their skills or seek to develop their portfolios for entry into Art Center's full-time degree programs.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • 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, Spring and Summer

  • 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, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-394W

    Symbolism: Surreal-Abstract

    Since the beginning of history, humans have used visual images to signify concepts, beliefs, and ideas. This course on the history of symbolism in art explores the universality of visual vocabularies and how artists have used images of the earth (stone), animals, and geometric forms (the circle) in some of their most powerful pieces. You will create four interpretive surrealist paintings based on a select group of artists who use symbolism in their work, including Magritte, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Kandinsky and Miro. Course will also provide you with a solid foundation in acrylic painting, including types of brush strokes, color palette, and composition, while readings from the book Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung will enhance your understanding of the subject matter.

    Prerequisites: Basic drawing and painting skills are recommended.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring and Summer

  • ACN-484W

    The Next Great Idea

    In this one-day workshop, you will develop a keen awareness and understanding of the methods that artists, designers, and copywriters use to grow their creativity, with special emphasis on creative problem solving in a visually-oriented workplace. Gain a better understanding of the creative process, simplified; from idea to final execution and how it differs from what most people do today; how to come up with a wide range of potential solutions for visuals and/ or written word; what to do to put yourself in a creative state of mind; and understand the differences between creative play and creative problem solving - and how both are necessary. Open to students and working professionals with an interest in advertising, illustration, fine art, graphic design, photography, film, and product design.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-236

    Theme Park Design

    Learn how to translate your imagination to reality through the unique and exciting process of theme park design. This exciting industry utilizes a diverse knowledge base of skill and expertise. In this course, you will learn how to use visualization skills to communicate immersive story driven experiences with responsibility to real world building restraints. Although the class will focus on hand-sketching and rendering skills, digital painting techniques will also be covered. Students will build an understanding of architecture, engineering, master planning, show set design, production design, lighting design, and show operations. This class is a rare opportunity for students who are interested in entertainment design or environmental design to start building a portfolio of themed environments. Projects will include dark ride attraction design, drawing over 3D models that have real world restraints, park icon designs, show set elevations, etc.

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Entertainment Design or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Digital Painting for Entertainment is recommended but not required. Access to a laptop with a current version of Photoshop is also highly recommended but not required.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-543W

    Type As Image

    This weekend workshop introduces students to letterpress printing by using type as object, character and pattern, as opposed to language and communication. Workshop will include ample talk about the basics of letterpress printing, press fundamentals, typographic concerns, impression and inking control. In the creation of a "one sheet" or broadside, students will choose a thematic jumping off point, creating either a character or another kind of visual story that is not language based. The works by icons Kurt Schwitters, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Bradbury Thompson are among those we will explore for inspiration. Each student will print an edition large enough to share a folio of prints at the end of class.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring and Summer

  • ACN-393W

    Urban Sketch: Pasadena

    Make the world your studio. Capture the bustle and beauty of life in your town. Sketch people, landscapes, cityscapes, and more. Build upon skills an artist needs to draw vibrant city sketches and urban landscapes full of people. Learn to see the world one drawing at a time as you connect with the energy of place and capture the decisive moment pictorially. Each class session will meet at a different location around Pasadena. Course will cover 2D and 3D shapes, proportions, silhouette, contouring, value, shadow, texture, and perspective. Supplies needed: Please bring blank journals, as well as a variety of pens, pencils, and watercolors to each class meeting.

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Figure Drawing.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • ACN-530

    World Building ENT

    Visualize and create an imaginary world for entertainment industry in this introductory class. Cohesive world design is central to building intriguing levels and sets, as well as lands for games, movies and theme parks. Through engaging in fun drawing exercises on various "building block" subjects, students will be taken through research, observation, ideation process and designing from imagination. Class encourages originality in visual storytelling by establishing organizing principals such as genre, motif, climate, culture, etc., and will cover conceptual design from landscape and architecture, to characters and creatures that inhabit the world. Both traditional sketching and digital painting methods will be covered. Access to Photoshop, laptop, tablet and pen are highly recommended. An ideal portfolio class for aspiring entertainment design students or anyone looking to expand their horizons.

    Prerequisites: Intro to Figure Drawing and Perspective, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-122W

    Write/Illus Books for Children

    Explore the principles of children's books and learn what is needed to approach a publisher. Through individual and group critiques, in-class lectures and visual presentations, you will learn the process of writing and illustrating a children's book, including character development, revisions, pacing and design. Discussions will also cover the business side of the industry, including topics like payment, royalties and licensing. The goal? By the end of the term you will be able to develop a presentable picture book dummy suitable for submitting to a publisher.

    Basic drawing skills are recommended but not required.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-420W

    Writing Workshop for Artists

    From artist statements to applications for art schools, residencies, grants, and exhibitions, writing has become increasingly more important in an artist's practice. The first part of this seven-week workshop focuses on writing an artist statement in which you will explore different ways to describe your work. During the second part, you will work on an application of your choice as you learning about different types of applications and research venues for residencies, grants, curatorial proposals, and art exhibitions. Through discussions of your work and those of other artists, you will begin to articulate your thought processes in writing, cultivate new ideas and further develop your practice. Strongly recommended for those who are applying to art schools.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer