Animation, Design, Illustration

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Intro to Communication Design

SF Campus
EXGRP-1500-01
Instructor: Kseniya Makarova
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 2-July 2
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).

Introduction to the Graphic Novel

OAK Campus
EXILL-1503-01
​Instructor: James Kettner
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 2-July 2
10 sessions. $345. Noncredit
Prerequisite: None

This course considers the graphic novel as a literary medium, integrating text and image to open up new ways of telling an exciting story. Participants explore the fundamentals of visual storytelling, character creation, scripting, and storyboarding and apply those lessons to create their own compelling comic narratives, be they sci-fi epics, memoirs, superhero adventures, or anything in-between. By the end of the course, participants have the opportunity to complete and digitally publish the opening chapter of their story (five to seven pages) and walk away with the tools to continue. This course is beneficial to artists as well as writers.

Bring to first class: Sketchbook and a pencil or pen.

Ideation Sketching & Visual Notation 

SF Campus
EXGRP-1504-01
Instructor: Lewis Bangham
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:45-9:45pm, July 9-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 Illustration

SF Campus
EXILL-1400-01
Instructor: Jon Stich
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 1-July 1
10 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, 7:15-10 p.m, June 2-August 4
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.

Digital Drawing and Painting: Wacom Tablet Intensive

OAK Campus
EXMED-1200-01
Instructor: Eugene Young
Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 12-August 2
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

SF Campus
EXFAS-1503-01
Instructor: Hanne Behrend
Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 13, 20, 27
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

SF Campus
EXFAS-1503-02
Instructor: Hanne Behrend
Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., July 18, 25, and August 1
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

Structure & Image: Computer Jacquard Weaving

OAK Campus
EXTEX-1502-01
Instructor: Stacy Speyer
June 5-17, Fri./Sat./Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Mon./Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
10 sessions. $800; $20 lab fee payable at registration. Noncredit
Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Photoshop and experience working on Mac computers

This summer intensive explores how the myriad of patterns possible on a computer-controlled loom can transform drawings, photographic imagery, and text into the structure of a piece of fabric.

The first week of the workshop introduces students to Pointcarré Computer Jacquard Weaving software, importing images from Photoshop, and weaving samples on the TC-1 computerized jacquard loom. During the second week, each class begins with instruction followed by open studio, allowing students time to weave. The class also discusses the history of Jacquard fabrics and looks at contemporary works created with computerized Jacquard.

Bring to first class: paper and pen for note-taking and a USB stick to save files developed in class.