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Drawing with Color

Drawing with Color

ACT-035 / ACT-042W
Maria Morioka

Learn the fundamentals of color relationships and their use in composition. Explore the nature of various mediums— markers, colored pencils, ink and wash, acrylic paint and mixed media—and learn how best to use them. You will have the opportunity to work on observational as well as imaginative projects. This course is a great starting point for anyone interested in painting or illustration. Estimated cost of materials: $100

Fundamentals of Photography

Fundamentals of Photography

ACT-089W
David Sotelo

Take your first step into the world of photography and learn how to use your 35mm camera as a tool for expression. Explore how the selection of shutter speeds and apertures transforms your images, learn how to see and control light through demonstrations, and challenge yourself by applying your new technical skills in creating personal photographs. Students must have access to a 35mm SLR camera with manual capabilities. Estimated cost of materials: $100

Fashion Sketching

Fashion Sketching

ACT-076W
Yelen Aye

Create stylized fashion sketches that are bold and expressive, yet loose and casual. Learn anatomical exaggerations and explore various methods and mediums to develop your own unique style and vision for fashion. This is an intense, fun and creative sketching workshop. Estimated cost of materials: $75 

COVID-19 update 3/30/21:

At ArtCenter, the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation—and in step with the most recent state and local guidelines—we cannot offer in-person courses at the College at this time. As a result, all Summer term 2021 courses—including ACX, ACX Teens and ACX Kids—will be taught remotely. We know this news may be disappointing, but these restrictions are for the safety of everyone. Click here for online course technical requirements and more information.

Summer 2021 registration begins April 5


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ACT-003
0 Units $300
Film
Watch and critique important films, study various aspects of the art of filmmaking, and make one or more short narrative videos. Requirements: You must have access to a digital video camera. Editing equipment is not mandatory; access to a Mac or PC with digital video editing capability is helpful. Estimated cost of materials: $50
ACT-004
0 Units $300
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
ACT-005
0 Units $300
Figure Painting
Study the processes and materials used in painting, beginning with light and shadow, and work towards complete paintings in a full-color palette. This class will cover basic painting techniques, from preparatory drawing to color mixing. Estimated cost of materials: $90
ACT-008
0 Units $300
Fundamentals of Photography
Photography is one of the most compelling forms of all visual mediums. Learn about both the technical aspects of the craft and the process of making creative imagery. This class includes a review of basic 35mm camera techniques and lighting as well as an introduction to contemporary art and modern approaches in photography. Requirements: access to and working knowledge of a film and/or DSLR camera. Estimated cost of materials: $15-18 weekly for film and processing.
ACT-011
0 Units $300
Illustration
Apply your drawing and painting skills to create album covers, ads, magazine articles and more. Learn the basics of color theory using acrylic paint and other mediums. This class also includes a survey of contemporary problem-solvers and the history of illustration. Prerequisite: some previous drawing experience recommended. Estimated cost of materials: $70
ACT-012
0 Units $300
Head Drawing
Working from live models, learn how to draw portraits and improve your ability to achieve a likeness of your subject. This introductory class will acquaint you with proportion, structure, facial features and likeness as you visualize the head from every angle. Shadow and light will also be emphasized. You will observe and work from cast sculptures, copy master artists and draw portraits of your choice. Estimated cost of materials: $75
ACT-013
0 Units $300
Dynamic Drawing
Explore rapid visualization techniques using ink, pens, markers and other related mediums. Learn to control your lines and line weights while drawing with line economy in a quick visual descriptive style. Develop your observation and perspective skills and strengthen your ability to communicate ideas and thoughts through drawings. Assignments will range from simple consumer products and complex industrial items to environmental settings and fantasy expressions. If you\'re interested in product design, transportation design, illustration, fine art or entertainment design, this class is for you. Estimated cost: $40 for materials and $45 for textbook
ACT-014W
0 Units $400
Head Drawing
Learn how to draw portraits by working from models and improve your ability to achieve a likeness of your subject. This introductory class will teach you about proportion, structure, facial features, likeness and how to visualize the head from every angle. Shadow and light will also be emphasized. You will observe and work from cast sculptures, copy master artists and draw portraits of your choice. Estimated cost of materials: $50
ACT-016
0 Units $300
Exploring Photography
Enhance your photographic skills and personal vision through assignments that include portraiture, fashion, narrative and photojournalism. Learn to construct powerful images that convey your intention and create a body of work that reflects your individual style. The class also includes an examination of contemporary photography. Bring samples of your photographic work to the first class meeting. Requirements: access to and working knowledge of a film and/or DSLR camera. Estimated cost of materials: $10 weekly for film and processing
ACT-017
0 Units $350
Design 360
Do you have an interest in art or design but not sure which field suits you best? Then this lecture/studio class is for you. Design 360º explores many of the majors in ArtCenter\'s degree programs, including: Advertising, Entertainment Design, Environmental Design, Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography and Imaging, Product Design and Transportation Design. Through individual projects, you will get the chance to explore the principles of each of these art and design disciplines. Drawing skills are emphasized as an essential way to communicate your ideas. This class is a perfect introduction for students new to ACX Teens. Estimated cost of materials: $20
ACT-018W
0 Units $800
Design 360
This intensive two-week workshop offers an introduction to many of the exciting art and design majors offered in ArtCenter\'s degree program. Extended class times will provide you with an in-depth look at the following programs: Advertising, Entertainment Design, Environmental Design, Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography and Imaging, Product Design and Transportation Design. We will focus on communicating ideas through effective creative solutions, and you will complete individual and group projects around a central theme, with the aim of expanding your knowledge of each of the disciplines. Estimated cost of materials: $30
ACT-020W
0 Units $400
Illustration Workshop
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
ACT-021W
0 Units $400
Creative Sketchbooks, Journals
Artists\' sketchbooks, journals and altered books are a uniquely creative form of self-expression. Explore the relationship between image and text as you work on several books at once and experiment with a wide variety of mixed-media techniques, including drawing, painting, simple printmaking and collage. During this class, you will have the opportunity to build up a deeply intuitive and powerful body of work. The books you develop may contain the seeds for future projects or become fascinating works of art in themselves. The emphasis will be on the creative process. Supplies needed for the first day: sketchbook, an old book in which to draw and paint, acrylic paints, sponge brush, paint brushes, scissors, glue stick, old magazines, collage papers, photos, pencils and pens. Estimated cost of materials: $50
ACT-023
0 Units $300
Alternative Sketchbooks and Jo
Sketchbooks are an essential part of the application portfolio to most art schools. In this class, you will make two unique volumes that combine images, text, collage, drawing, painting, printing techniques, poetry and writing. You will also learn basic bookbinding skills. This is a great opportunity to build a powerful body of work and showcase your creativity. Experimentation and self-expression are encouraged. Estimated cost of materials: $40
ACT-024W
0 Units $400
Collage
Explore the beauty and richness of a wide variety of materials as you create large and small mixed-media works of art. Learn to see and think about your work like a designer, using composition, shape, color and texture to express your unique personal vision. The work you create can range from abstract to representational, and can include photographs, drawings, found objects and papers. Enjoy the creative fun of turning ordinary materials into something unique. Supplies needed for first day: illustration or craft board, Lineco adhesive glue, scissors and materials like old magazines, decorative papers, photos, black and white photocopies, old maps and books. Estimated cost of materials: $30
ACT-028
0 Units $300
Architecture
Explore basic architectural concepts by focusing on balance, proportion and composition. Learn how to define your ideas spatially and develop the skills necessary to communicate them through drawings and models. Jumpstart the creative process with class exercises that will inspire and stimulate your imagination. Estimated cost of materials: $50
ACT-029W
0 Units $400
Comic Book Illustration & Stor
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
ACT-034
0 Units $300
Concept Design Basics
Bring your characters, environments, props and storyboards 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
ACT-035
0 Units $300
Drawing with Color
Learn the fundamentals of color relationships and their use in composition. Explore the nature of various mediums- markers, colored pencils, ink and wash, acrylic paint and mixed media-and learn how best to use them. You will have the opportunity to work on observational as well as imaginative projects. This course is a great starting point for anyone interested in painting or illustration. Estimated cost of materials: $100
ACT-037
0 Units $300
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
ACT-042W
0 Units $400
Drawing with Color
Explore drawing with colored media, including colored pencil, ink and wash, acrylic paint and mixed-media techniques. We will go over the nature of each material and how to use it. In doing so, you\'ll learn the fundamentals of color relationships and their use in composition and have the opportunity to work on observational as well as imaginative projects. This class is a great starting point for anyone interested in painting or illustration. Estimated cost of materials: $65
ACT-045
0 Units $375
Animation
Learn how to bring drawings to life through movement in Adobe Flash. Create a storyboard and transform your story into an animation. Discover the importance of \"meaningful movement\"-not just moving an object from one side of the page to the other but also deciding how it should move. Explore your imagination to create an emotional and organic experience. Estimated cost of materials: $20
ACT-055W
0 Units $400
Exploring Figure Drawing
Work from live models, Old Master drawings and your imagination in this Renaissance-style workshop. In this class we will concentrate on dynamic gesture drawing, anatomical studies and mythological creatures. Portfolio building, learning new techniques, exploring materials, critiques and concept development will also be emphasized. No previous figure drawing experience required. Bring a drawing board with rough newsprint (18\'\' x 24\'\'), sketchbook, charcoal pencil, watercolor set, brushes and a ballpoint pen to the first class. Estimated cost of materials: $30
ACT-060
0 Units $300
Introduction to Product Design
Product designers work on a range of projects, from consumer electronics to furniture to footwear. In this hands-on class, you will explore product design as a profession and discover marketing and production processes-all while learning industrial drawing techniques, concept development and visualization skills. Estimated cost of materials: $75
ACT-061
0 Units $300
Introduction to Transportation
Do you love cars? This hands-on class will introduce you to 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
ACT-067
0 Units $375
Directing for Film
How do you tell an amazing story? Through screenings and in-class exercises, you will learn how to control cinematic elements to best tell your stories. We will focus on using camera movement, lighting, actors, props, costumes, sound and locations to create meaning and to communicate with the audience. Working within groups, you will write, direct and edit a short narrative film. You must have access to a digital video camera. Editing equipment is not mandatory, but access to a Mac or PC with digital video editing capability is helpful. Prerequisite: Film is recommended. Estimated cost of materials: $40
ACT-070
0 Units $300
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
ACT-071
0 Units $300
Entertainment Design: Characte
Discover the fundamentals of entertainment design from an illustrator\'s perspective and complete a finished presentation for your portfolio. Storyboard, conceptualize and design environments, develop characters and study the processes that the entertainment industry uses to create dramatic worlds for video games, animation, TV shows and movies. Open to all levels. Estimated cost of materials: $40
ACT-076W
0 Units $400
Fashion Sketching
Create stylized fashion sketches that are bold and expressive, yet loose and casual. Learn anatomical exaggerations and explore various methods and mediums to develop your own unique style and vision for fashion. This is an intense, fun and creative sketching workshop. Estimated cost of materials: $75
ACT-080W
0 Units $800
Writing for Film Workshop
Are you interested in storytelling but can\'t figure out how to begin? By the end of this weeklong class, you\'ll have learned the basics of screenwriting and completed a 10- to 15-page short film script with a focus on conflict, structure and theme. You will capture your ideas in a journal, learn the steps necessary to complete a final draft, and participate in brainstorming sessions, creative writing activities and pitch sessions. Films and film clips will be screened for writing technique and discussed in class. Learn how to originate an idea, create compelling and realistic characters, develop your ideas, properly format a screenplay using Final Draft software, and hone your voice as a writer to create a story only you can tell. Estimated cost of materials: $50
ACT-081W
0 Units $800
Film Production Workshop
How do you make a movie? Discover the different elements needed to successfully shoot a film in this two-week workshop that focuses on storytelling and taking your idea from the page to the screen. Learn about the filmmaking process and shoot several in-class exercises. The first week is dedicated to understanding the different jobs on a set and conceptualizing the idea for the final shoot. The second week is dedicated to shooting and editing the final project, resulting in a class screening on the last day of class. Open to all skill levels. Estimated cost of materials: $40
ACT-082W
0 Units $400
Character Design
Create and develop characters for video games, animated films and illustrations through fun and exciting exercises. Strengthen your brainstorming and conceptualization skills. Learn to develop a character layout sheet, model sheet and a turn-around. This class is for anyone who loves to draw characters, regardless of skill level. Estimated cost of materials: $50
ACT-085W
0 Units $400
Object + Space: Brand Experien
Invent your own brand and design a product line and retail environment that actively engages the customer through innovative marketing tactics. Explore cutting-edge ad campaigns and new technologies like online customization of fashion and bags. Develop an ability to form strong concepts as well as the technical skills to execute them. Class projects will draw from a variety of media to fuse objects, space and brand identity, resulting in a portfolio piece appropriate for environmental design and product design applications. The estimated cost of materials: $45
ACT-089W
0 Units $400
Fundamentals of Photography
Take your first step into the world of photography and learn how to use your 35mm camera as a tool for expression. Explore how the selection of shutter speeds and apertures transforms your images, learn how to see and control light through demonstrations, and challenge yourself by applying your new technical skills in creating personal photographs. Students must have access to a 35mm SLR camera with manual capabilities. Estimated cost of materials: $100
ACT-091W
0 Units $400
Concept Sketching
Learn how to simplify and depict reality using lines and tones. In this class, which covers intermediate perspective and how to apply it in compositions (e.g. showing scale and casting shadows in sketches of structures and different forms), you will learn how to design, set and render a chessboard using perspective and proper values as well as create organic and non-organic compositions using correct proportions and tones. Materials used: Copic markers, marker paper, pens, pencils. The full material list will be announced on the first day of class. Estimated cost of materials: $75
ACT-092W
0 Units $435
Life Sculpture
Investigate sculptural form and creativity through the study of the human figure. Sculpt a 1:2 scale clay sculpture bust based on a live model. This class will include frequent demonstrations, class discussions and critiques-all in a supportive and creative environment. Estimated cost of materials: $45
ACT-093W
0 Units $400
Figure Painting
Study the processes and materials used in painting, beginning with light and shadow, and working towards complete paintings in a full-color palette. This class will cover basic painting techniques, from preparatory drawing to color mixing. The estimated cost of materials: $90
ACT-095
0 Units $335
Sculpture
In this introductory course, you will explore various methods and processes of contemporary sculpture. Learn the basics of working with traditional and nontraditional materials in a 3D space. While working on individual projects, you will become familiar with a comprehensive range of materials and techniques, including wire, plaster and mold making. The cost of materials is included in class tuition.
ACT-096
0 Units $300
Head Painting
In this class, perfect for beginners and seasoned students alike, you will start by learning about early painting techniques and expressing the planes of the human head with only two colors. Later, you will move on to utilizing the full-color palette as you study the structure of the individual features of the face. The class will conclude with an exploration of dramatic lighting situations, capturing likeness and developing your own personal expression. The estimated cost of materials: $90
ACT-099W
0 Units $400
Intermediate Photography
Take your photography skills and understanding to the next level. Explore different styles of photography and the technical issues involved in making a photograph- all in a collaborative, dynamic environment. This class will focus on editing, sequencing and building a story. Using programs such as Photos and Lightroom, you will be introduced to the digital workflow of shooting, editing and printing. We will also cover lighting, including flash and other artificial sources, as well as the variables of lens, aperture and shutter speed. For the final project, you will create a personal narrative using the zine as a foundation. Students must have access to a digital camera; film cameras are also appropriate but supplemental to digital. Estimated cost of materials: $100
ACT-105W
0 Units $400
Character Costume Figure Drawi
Do you love drawing characters from your imagination, but feel they lack life and energy? Would you like to take your characters to a more believable level? Learn the basics of anatomy and structure of the human body and how to draw costumed models in dynamic poses. These models will pose in several positions for a variety of lengths so that you can learn to work fast and slow. You will also study other artists who work from live models to improve their own imaginative characters drawn from life. Estimated cost of materials: $60
ACT-108
0 Units $300
Filmmaking from A-Z
Follow the journey of a film-from the birth of a concept to the marketing of the final product. Explore the various stages of putting a film together, including storyboarding, production design, working on a set, and the post-production process. Learn about different jobs in the film industry and complete several in-class projects, gaining hands-on experiences with different roles. Estimated cost of materials: $30
ACT-109W
0 Units $400
Remix Media
How can you use media to make a message? In this course, we will deconstruct today\'s mass media, remixing images, sounds and video to create new meaning. Through in-class screenings and discussions, we will take a critical look at how these elements are combined in purposeful ways. Projects will include print advertisements, songs and sound bites, and video commercials. No computer skills necessary. Students will learn and practice basic image manipulation, sound remixing and video editing techniques in Adobe Photoshop, Audition and Premiere. Estimated cost of materials: $20
ACT-112
0 Units $300
Graphic Design
Ideas and inspiration are the basis of great design. In this class, you\'ll discover fundamentals that help organize your ideas and creativity on paper while learning what gives graphic design its structure and meaning. You\'ll be challenged to utilize traditional tools, modern resources and clever solutions, while also exploring how these methods relate to digital methods. You\'ll set the limits for your four creative assignments: a poster, a logo, a media application and the design of your \"big idea.\" Created to complement Graphic Design 2, this class will show you how structure and meaning help shape ideas. Note: This is not a computer course. This class can be taken in tandem with Graphic Design 2. Estimated cost of materials: $40
ACT-114
0 Units $300
Branding Basics
What is a brand? Learn the basics of branding-and the integral role that design plays in creating brands-by studying the work of successful (and unsuccessful) influencers, celebrities, products and companies. In this class, you will work on identifying and describing brands as well as conceptualizing and designing your own brands from the ground up. All media platforms will be studied- from social media outlets to guerrilla advertising to traditional print formats. Estimated cost of materials: $40
ACT-116
0 Units $300
Drawing with Ink
For the ink enthusiast! Learn how to work with a variety of ink- and water-based mediums, including pen and ink, alcohol-based markers (Copic, Prismacolor), and watercolor and acrylic ink. You\'ll develop your compositional drawing skills while exploring still life, figure/portraiture, and narrative illustration. Estimated cost: $50
ACT-117W
0 Units $400
Drawing with Ink
For the ink enthusiast! Learn how to work with a variety of ink and water-based mediums including pen and ink, alcohol-based markers (Copic/Prismacolor/etc.), and watercolor and acrylic ink. You\'ll develop your compositional drawing skills while exploring still life, figure/portraiture, and narrative illustration. All students will have the chance to develop several portfolio pieces throughout the class. Estimated cost: $50
ACT-118W
0 Units $400
Children's Book Illustration
Learn how to create dynamic illustrations through character creations and storyboarding for children\'s book creation. This includes character design, page composition, penciling, watercolors, acrylics, inking and lettering. Polish your narrative skills and explore various approaches from full-page design to book cover construction. The estimated cost of materials: $40
ACT-127
0 Units $300
Intro to Rhinoceros 3D
ACT-127W
0 Units $435
Intro to Rhino 3D
Learn how to use Rhino 3D, one of the most versatile 3D NURBS modeling software programs in the industry. The course will cover Rhino\'s robust toolset that allows you to create and edit curves and surfaces. Starting with a sketch, a drawing, a physical model, or only an idea, discover how to simplify and go through the texturing process step-by-step so it\'s easy to model your designs. As a bonus feature, you will also learn Keyshot, one of the industry\'s best rendering tools, to make your 3D models look realistic and ready for presentation. The Rhino platform is free. There are no materials costs for this class.
ACT-128
0 Units $300
Creature Design
Learn the different methods used to develop believable creatures and monsters for the entertainment industry such as film, video games, TV, and animation. Working from photographic reference of animals and nature, learn how to combine the fundamentals of design, anatomy, form, storytelling, costume, and character development to create original sketches and renderings of beastly quadrupeds, bloodthirsty bipeds, and large-scale leviathans. With an introductory level of drawing and painting techniques, this is an ideal class for aspiring concept designers, illustrators, animators or students considering ArtCenter\'s undergraduate Entertainment Design as a major. Estimated cost of materials: $45
ACT-300W
0 Units $1800
Brandcamp
Are you ready for an in-depth exposure to the advertising and graphic design industry? In this four-week intensive, you will learn how to form strong concepts, develop a strategic graphic brand identity, create an integrated cross-media advertising campaign and execute concepts to a high level of finish. A dynamic and fun learning environment, this class offers a blend of creative and strategic thinking, exposure to design process and theory, presentation techniques, critiques and discussions. The class will also include guest speakers from prominent ad agencies and design firms. In addition to creating a strong portfolio piece, you will have the opportunity to acquire an industry skill set and to build proficiency in concept development, research ability, design execution, presentation and collaboration.
ACT-301W
0 Units $1800
Entertainment Design
Whether you\'re producing a movie, a video game or a theme park, entertainment concept design serves an integral role in the creative process. Concept designers intrigue audiences by bringing immersive, impactful and never-before-seen visuals to life. They require not only great imagination, but also an understanding of how things are built and the ability to communicate these concepts to the people who will construct these new worlds. In this four-week intensive, you will be introduced to entertainment design by learning all aspects of the design process, including designing and illustrating original characters, environments, vehicles and props. Learn how to communicate through compelling drawings and expand your understanding of how things are built in 3D. Presentation skills will be emphasized. Adobe Photoshop and drawing tablet are recommended.
ACT-302W
0 Units $1800
Industrial Design
Nearly everything we touch and use-smartphones, interfaces, glasses, cars-has been designed by an industrial designer or, more specifically, a product or transportation designer. In this four-week intensive, you will dive into the world of industrial design and immerse yourself in every aspect of the design process, including sketching, model making and critique sessions. Interdisciplinary activities will simulate working in a design consultancy and presentation skills will be emphasized. Guest designers will give you insider knowledge on a variety of industrial design career paths. Your portfolio-worthy final projects will be shown in a gallery setting at the end of the program to visiting ArtCenter faculty, working professionals, family and friends. Hardware required: A high quality smartphone camera for documentation and composition exercises; and a sketchbook or blog-based equivalent.