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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 07/24/21:

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 Fall term 2021 courses—including 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.

Fall 2021 registration begins August 30


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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

Meeting Times:
SA 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021

SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021

SA 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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.

Meeting Times:
SA 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
ACT-015
0 Units $300
Drawing from the Nude
Since the Renaissance, art students have developed their drawing skills by depicting the human figure. In this foundation class, you will explore line, shape and composition through gesture sketches and longer poses. Charcoal techniques as well as other materials and methods are presented. The estimated cost of materials: $40

Meeting Times:
SA 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
ACT-048
0 Units $300
Costume Figure Drawing
Learn to capture the essence of a pose by drawing from a model in a themed costume. In addition to covering fundamentals such as proportion, form and gesture, this class concentrates on the skill of observation and on developing an understanding of drawing from life-all in an environment that encourages you to enjoy the drawing process. Estimated cost of materials: $40

Meeting Times:
SA 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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.

Meeting Times:
SA 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
ACT-119
0 Units $300
Fashion Sketching

Meeting Times:
SA 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
ACT-127
0 Units $300
Intro to Rhinoceros 3D

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021
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

Meeting Times:
SA 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
10/2/2021 - 12/11/2021