Animation, Design, Illustration

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Intro to Communication Design

  • SF Campus
  • EXGRP-1500-01
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Ferkel
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 2-July 5
  • 10 Sessions. $345. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

This course offers a broad introduction to the field of graphic design. Following a brief survey of the history of graphic design, the course examines contemporary design practices. Topics include typography, color, grid systems, corporate identity, information design, print and digital design. Slide presentations accompany many of the lectures. A number of design projects will be assigned. Computer skills will not be covered in this course.

Bring to first class: several examples of your graphic design or other visual work (if you have any).

Ideation Sketching & Visual Notation 

  • SF Campus
  • EXGRP-1504-01
  • Instructor: Lewis Bangham
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 6:45-9:45 p.m., July 12-August 11
  • 10 sessions. $345. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: one previous drawing class or equivalent experience

Whether you are a designer, artist, or filmmaker, what inspires you to create art and design are the pre-visual concepts that arise in your mind. These pre-visualized concepts may potentially become the foundation of a great painting, product, movie, or advertisement.

In this course, students learn how to form and evolve ideas through the use of images, as well as to communicate them clearly and effectively with clients, art directors, or in meetings, using sketch techniques. Class time is divided between demos, short lectures, and in class studio time. Students should expect to have at least a few hours of homework each week.

Students begin by learning the fundamentals of translating 3D space and objects onto 2D drawn space. Topics covered include using 1, 2, and 3 point perspective, laying out your ideas, using backgrounds, and finding your style. Various types of notation (arrows, typography) are explored to help clarify your drawn ideas.

Bring to first class: 14" x 17" pad of layout paper and a pad of tracing paper, a variety of drawing pencils (2H, HB, 2B), a ballpoint pen or sharpie.

Intro to Visual Development for Animation

  • OAK Campus
  • EXMED-1503-01
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Saturday, 10a.m.-4 p.m., July 2-August 6
  • 6 sessions. $345. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Intermediate-level drawing and painting skills and basic Photoshop skills recommended

How do artists design people, places, and things for an animated film? This course introduces the techniques used in visual development for animation. Learn the developmental stages of designing characters, props, and environments with a focus on audience and storytelling. Traditional and digital tools are covered as well as strategies for research and problem-solving through drawing.  Students complete the course with a presentation of process sketches and finished designs. 

Intro to Illustration

  • SF Campus
  • EXILL-1400-01
  • Instructor: Andrew Nilsen
  • Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 1-29 
  • 9 sessions. $345. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

Illustration communicates ideas through imagery via publication. It comes in many forms and is so varied and versatile that there is something in it for everyone — from graphic novels to children’s books, concept art, character design, magazine editorials, advertising, image licensing, textile design, packaging, and books.

The class builds up slowly to allow a solid understanding of illustration and the part it plays in the media, the art world, and society as a whole. Participants work through the basic construction of an illustration assignment from sizing, bleed, surface preparation, and material choices. Demonstrations on different materials from painting to the computer are presented.

The class discusses what illustration is, the career opportunities it has to offer, and the challenges it presents. We talk about promotion techniques, reference gathering, and how to deal professionally with clients.

Students will have a few homework assignments, but a substantial amount of work is done in class.

Bring to first class: a pad of paper or sketchbook and pencils for small sketches and brainstorming.

Intro to Interior Design

  • SF Campus
  • EXINT-1500-01
  • Instructor: Briggs MacDonald
  • Tuesday, 7:15-10pm, June 7-August 9
  • 10 sessions. $345. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

In this studio-based overview of the practice of interior design, students review the history and current applications of the practice. Participants explore the multifaceted technical and aesthetic principles of design. Students also examine concepts of programming, planning, and three-dimensional form. Principals of light and lighting, color, materiality, furniture overview and layouts are covered through hands-on exercises.

Students develop one long-term project of their choice from conception through presentation. The free software application, SketchUp, may be used in place of hand drafting.

Bring to first class: one roll of 12" tracing paper, one black-ink Uni ball roller ball pen (or equal), and an architectural scale.

Illuminating Interiors: Lighting Design and Technology Intensive Workshop

  • SF Campus
  • EXINT-1400-01
  • Instructor: Faith Jewell
  • Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., August 12, 13, 19, 20
  • 4 sessions. $1,400. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: This course is geared towards design professionals who have experience in lighting design, engineering, architecture, or a related field.

This summer Lighting Design and Technology intensive workshop will serve professionals in Interior Design, Architecture and related fields who wish to enrich their practice with a deeper understanding of lighting. The introduction to this specialized field of expertise supports an enhanced understanding of sustainable design, health and wellness design, and exhibition design.

It will help practitioners apply criteria of design, technology, energy efficiency and human wellness to all components of lighting design. Topics will include: light and human perception, light sources/LEDS, photometrics, techniques for layering light, light fixtures, lighting and human health, and California’s ground-breaking Title 24 energy code. 

Course materials: Initial course materials will be provided, but students may need to purchase additional materials as needed. 

Digital Drawing and Painting: Wacom Tablet Intensive

  • OAK Campus
  • EXMED-1200-01
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 17-August 7
  • 4 sessions. $325. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics or equivalent. Previous drawing, painting, or illustration experience recommended

A growing number of animators, illustrators, fine artists, concept artists and designers prefer the convenience and versatility of the Wacom tablet. This hands-on workshop introduces the Wacom tablet as a digital drawing and painting tool using Photoshop.

The first three sessions focus on the tablet hardware and software and adapting traditional concepts to a digital workflow. Students will learn hand-eye coordination, confidence, and spontaneity with the tablet through mark-making, quick studies, and basic methods of building value, texture and form. Additional skill-building exercises cover custom brushes, and coloring existing line art or grayscale images. 

During the fourth session, students work on individual projects based on their area of interest that give greater context to the skill-building exercises emphasize creativity and problem solving.

Bring to first class: Examples of your work or work you find inspiring, USB flash drive for saving exercises, sketchbook, and pen or pencil. One student per Macintosh computer.

Machine Knitting Workshop (June session)

  • SF Campus
  • EXFAS-1503-01
  • Instructor: Hanne Behrend
  • Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 4, 11, 18
  • 3 sessions. $275; $35 materials fee payable to instructor at first class (exact cash or check, please). Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: This hands-on workshop in machine knitting is open to anyone, from absolute beginners to experienced knitters.

Over the course of three sessions, beginners become familiar with the use of the hand flat knitting machine. They learn to knit a variety of stitch structures and create samples in the form of swatches: stripes, simple pointelle/lace stitches, hems and welts, basic cables. As a final project, students may choose to knit a simple top, for which the instructor will provide a demonstration and instructions.

Advanced students explore more complex functions of the knitting machine as well as garment building and finishing techniques.

The materials fee covers yarn, although students may need or wish to purchase additional yarns during the course.

Bring to first class: small pair of scissors, notebook, pen/pencil

Machine Knitting Workshop (July session)

  • SF Campus
  • EXFAS-1503-02
  • Instructor: Hanne Behrend
  • Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., July 16, 23, 30
  • 3 sessions. $275; $35 materials fee payable to instructor at first class (exact cash or check, please). Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: This hands-on workshop in machine knitting is open to anyone, from absolute beginners to experienced knitters.

Over the course of three sessions, beginners become familiar with the use of the hand flat knitting machine. They learn to knit a variety of stitch structures and create samples in the form of swatches: stripes, simple pointelle/lace stitches, hems and welts, basic cables. As a final project, students may choose to knit a simple top, for which the instructor will provide a demonstration and instructions.

Advanced students explore more complex functions of the knitting machine as well as garment building and finishing techniques.

The materials fee covers yarn, although students may need or wish to purchase additional yarns during the course.

Bring to first class: small pair of scissors, notebook, pen/pencil