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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-258

    Intro to Surface Design

    In this new course students will learn about the many styles and techniques used in creating surface designs as well as be presented with designer case studies, product categories beyond textiles, and themes in demand by manufacturers. Hands-on projects will include developing coordinated surface design collections, taking a collection from concept through refinement, and applying designs to products. Digital techniques in both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop will be covered including scanning hand-drawn artwork, setting up accurate repeat patterns, changing colors, scale and textures, and color indexing for mass production. An overview of career opportunities for surface designers will also be discussed. This is an ideal course for professional graphic designers, illustrators and artists, as well as more advanced students studying graphic design, textile design or illustration. Prerequisites: Basic drawing, color theory, design and computer skills using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, or by permission of an Art Center advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in 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 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