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Character Design
Character Design

This class is for anyone who loves to draw characters, regardless of skill level. Create and develop characters for video games, animated films and illustrations through fun and exciting exercises that strengthen your conceptual ability and skills. Learn how to develop a character layout sheet, a model sheet and a turnaround. This class will emphasize brainstorming, along with conceptualization of a story and ideas. Estimated cost of materials: $50 

Figure Drawing

Drawing the human figure is important training for all artists. By working with a costumed model, you will develop an understanding of form by sharpening your observation skills. In-class discussions will explore how artists from the past and present have depicted the human figure. Estimated cost of materials: $40

Concept Design Basics

Bring your characters, environments, props and story- boards to life. Explore light and shade, perspective, color theory and basic design techniques. Learn how to take 2D line drawings and process them into tones for a lifelike result. Also, explore arranging shapes, values, colors and edges in interesting and intriguing ways to create images that hold the viewer’s attention. Not only will your characters look more dimensional, but the environments and objects will also be more believable. Estimated cost of materials: $40

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Comic Book Illustration

Learn the skills needed to develop your own five-page comic book. From the establishing shot to the splash page, this class covers character design, figure invention, page layout, story structure, basic rules of perspective and classic comic book storytelling. Familiarize yourself with the comic artist’s process, from thumbnails and roughs to a beautifully finished and inked page. Estimated cost of materials: $35

Transportation Design
Intro to Transportation Design

Do you love cars? Discover the industrial drawing skills and techniques that transportation design professionals use. Learn the fundamental design principles and procedures that will make your design the best it can be. This class includes an introduction to transportation design as a profession, and an exploration and discussion of the trends and global forces impacting the present and future of transportation. Estimated cost: $75 for materials and $45 for textbook

Illustration

Apply your drawing and painting skills to produce a variety of projects, including album covers, ads and magazine articles. Learn the basics of color theory using acrylic paint and other media. The class also includes a survey of contemporary problem solvers and the history of illustration. Some previous study of drawing recommended. Estimated cost of materials: $70

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Comic Book Illustration

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Illustration

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Creative Sketchbooks, Journals and Altered Books

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Illustration

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Comic Book Illustration

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Surrealist Pen and Ink

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Comic Book Illustration

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Photography

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Creative Sketchbooks, Journals and Altered Books

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Photography

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Illustration

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Figure Drawing

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Creative Sketchbooks, Journals and Altered Books

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Illustration

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Character Design

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Illustration

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Collage

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Surrealist Pen and Ink

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Drawing from the Nude

Dynamic Drawing teaches teens to communicate ideas through drawings

Student work from Dynamic Drawing

David Sotelo

Joe Del Rosario (BS 95 Product Design)

In Dynamic Drawing, taught by alumnus Joe Del Rosario (BS 95 Product Design), students explore rapid visualization techniques using ink, pens, markers and other related mediums. Students learn to control their lines and line weights while drawing with line economy in a quick visual descriptive style. They develop observation and perspective skills and strengthen their ability to communicate ideas and thoughts through drawings. This class is perfect for students interested in ArtCenter’s Product Design, Transportation Design, Illustration, Fine Art or Entertainment Design programs. 

“We use our weekly drawing studies as inspiration for design concepts, and the concepts are tailored to the students’ major and portfolio,” says Del Rosario. “We use common objects as texture studies and real environments to create backgrounds for design concepts. The class gives teens the freedom to explore areas of design and techniques while teaching them foundational drawing skills. The students’ final sketch book reinforces their portfolio.”

Estimated cost: $40 for materials and $45 for textbook.

For examples of student work, visit the gallery here.

 
04.05 -06.04

Registration period

04.08

Scholarship deadline #1

05.27

Scholarship deadline #2

06.05 -07.09

Drop period

06.05

Classes begin

06.24

Scholarship deadline #3

06.28 -08.13

Weeklong and Two-week Summer Workshops

07.03 -07.05

Holiday - No classes

07.09

Last day to drop classes

07.12 -08.06

Summer Intensives