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  • 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-518W

    Children's Book Illustration

    Picture book illustration is about telling stories with pictures. Finding those stories and our own unique voice is the largest hurdle upcoming illustrators face and it may be the most important aspect of illustration. Narrative picture-making can offer a direct route to this process of discovery. This class will focus on visual storytelling as it relates to the challenging picture book form and will help students define themselves to themselves, with the goal of moving toward a more personally satisfying, creative, and ultimately, marketable illustration voice.

    Basic picture-making skills are recommended, but not required. Self-motivation is a prerequisite.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-020W

    Direct Painting: Figure

    This workshop is designed for students with some painting experience who are seeking to reconnect with paint, color and brush. Working quickly from live models, students will complete one or more paintings per session. Short presentations will suggest a direction for the day and will cover some of the following artists: Lucian Freud, Eduard Manet, Alice Neel, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Chaim Soutine and Henri Matisse.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Summer

  • ACN-017W

    Direct Painting: Still Life

    This workshop is meant for students with some painting background who want to get back in touch with paint, color and brush. Working quickly from still-life set-ups, students will complete one or more paintings per session. Short presentations will suggest a direction for the day and will cover some of the following artists: Eduard Manet, Giorgio Morandi, Paul Cezanne, Marsden Hartley, Vanessa Bell, Gabriele Munter, Henri Matisse and Nicolas de Stael.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Summer

  • ACN-418W

    Embroidery Arts Workshop

    This isn't your grandma's embroidery class! Join designer and author, Debra Valencia, to learn the basics of embroidery. In this one-day workshop, Debra will share some of her favorite tips and tricks for successful needlework projects and will also present a slide show of embroidery arts images to inspire your creativity as well as provide a brief history and current trends in the medium. Learn to sew 12 popular embroidery stitches to create unique lines, textures and affects. You will make an embroidery stitch sampler in the form of a color wheel as the morning project. In the afternoon, each student will start a second project and take it as far as possible. Everyone will take home their two projects, as well as a stitch instruction guide for later reference.

    No experience needed. All levels welcome! Materials included (a $25 value). Pack a lunch to eat during break.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Summer

  • ACN-014W

    Exploring Light Fundamentals

    Lighting skills are essential to good photography practice. In this seven-week course, you will explore the potential of light using simple tools to illustrate and control many aspects of continuous light sources. Traditional and digital photographers alike will benefit from the skills taught in this course. No darkroom work is required. Students must have access to a 35mm camera SLR or digital SLR and possess basic camera-operation skills.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-497W

    Fulfilling the Dream: Cmc-3

    Building on the first two sections of this class, you will now be ready to address other important issues necessary to begin a successful new career. Continuing on the development of your business plan or life plan, you will address such issues as: forms of management; intellectual property; team building and communication; identifying the competition; identifying your competitive advantage; location; financing your new venture; and defining success. Once finished, you will have the tools necessary to proceed, confident that you have examined the necessary aspects of a fulfilling career, and ready to embrace a new career dimension of your own design.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in 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-557W

    Letterpress Holiday Card Wkshp

    Design, hand-set and letterpress print your own unique holiday cards, notes or gifts, using Archetype's extensive collection of foundry type, ornaments, dingbats and decorative rules. You will be introduced to the basics of hand-set typography and letterpress printing on the Vandercook proof press. Class meets at Art Center's Archetype Press. Limited to 10 students.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall

  • 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-457W

    Model Making Basics

    This 7-week course will introduce you to the fundamentals of architectural model making as it relates to the field of Environmental Design. Emphasis will be on manual and analog techniques using modeling supplies such as Foam-Core, balsa wood, cardboard, styrene, etc.) Designed for those who have little or no background in model making, this course will cover basics and proceed to an intermediate level. Through assignments and work in class, you will complete two simple study maquettes: one small white study model and one detailed color model.

    1 unit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Summer

  • ACN-102W

    Photo 102: Taking the Streets

    In this course, you will fine-tune your camera skills and publish a collection of photographs online. You will learn how to focus your "photographer's eye," discover your photographic "nouns"-the persons, places and things that speak to you-and clarify your personal vision as you refresh or continue your visual voyage. You may choose to shoot traditional or digital imagery. Access to a 35mm SLR or a digital camera with manual capabilities is required.

    Noncredit

    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-589W

    Powerful Presentations

    How to tell it so you can sell it. Whether you are a creative or business professional, you must learn to connect effectively with your audience and communicate your ideas in a compelling way. This inspirational workshop will help you hone one of the most critical and often overlooked skills that everyone must possess: the professional presentation. Learn how to take your presentation skills to the next level using words, voice, body language and visuals. Mastering these skills is vital to your professional success whether you are a designer, artist, entrepreneur or business leader.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-086

    Product Design: Basics

    Housewares, appliances, electronics, toys, soft goods, sporting goods, tools, lighting and other lifestyle products are just some of the items that product designers create. This seven-week crash course is designed for beginners seeking to explore educational and career opportunities in product design fields and learn basic industrial design sketching and fundamental design processes through hands-on projects. No prerequisite.

    1.5 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-087

    Product Design: Process

    Students with basic skills in product design will learn to apply more advanced "design processes" through one intense project. In-class demonstrations of more advanced rendering and presentation techniques will also be covered. This course is recommended for intermediate or returning industrial design students, as well as design professionals. For individuals interested in applying to Art Center's industrial design or interaction design programs, the project created in this course will be suitable for use as part of your application portfolio.

    1.5 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-561W

    Protect/Sell/License Your Work

    The Legal Side of What to Do and How
    This intensive seminar covers a full range of intellectual property issues, including the language used in contracts that affects the license, sale and creation of designs and other original works. This course will cover: the basics of copyright law; fair use and copyright defenses; trademark law and registration; maintaining trademark rights and avoiding infringements; and patent law. Other topics include: privacy and publicity; legal clearance issues that affect your work; and a variety of contracts and contract clauses necessary to make the most of your business opportunities. Learn the best avenues of protection for the type of work you have produced. Bring in a sample of your work, and we will practice filing a copyright application, searching the availability of a trademark and filing a trademark application.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring and Summer