Animation, Design, Illustration

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Animation: Pre-production Principles

  • Oakland Campus
  • EXMED-1505-01
  • ​Instructor: Arne Jin An Wong
  • Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 2-30 & Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 10 sessions. $335. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Basic drawing experience, and familiarity with Photoshop

This course provides students with an introduction to professional pre-production techniques and processes for animation, with an emphasis on idea generation, concept design, visual development, and storyboarding. Participants learn the latest techniques of pre-production used in animation and VFX while creating an original project using both traditional and digital media. 

Through lectures and assignments, students gain an understanding of the various stages of preproduction: Concept/Story Development, Script/Screenplay, Art Direction/Production Design, Character & Background Design, Storyboards, and create an Animatic with Soundtrack.  

Bring to first class: sketch pad, note pad, ruler, drawing pencils (2B,4B), blue & red Col-Erase pencils, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, and flash drive.

Students should have access outside of class to a computer with internet access, iMovie/Media Player (or equivalent), Microsoft Word (or equivalent), PowerPoint, and Photoshop.

Intro to Communication Design

  • SF Campus
  • EXGRP-1500-01
  • Instructor: Kseniya Makarova
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., July 15-August 14
  • 10 sessions. $335. 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).

Intro to Typography

  • SF Campus
  • EXGRP-1501-01
  • Instructor: Sandra Kelch
  • Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., July 14-August 13
  • 10 sessions. $335. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

This course presents an overview of the history of typography, introduces basic typographic principles, and helps students implement these principles. Students gain an understanding of typographic classification and form subtlety through a detailed study of type specimens as they learn to identify letterforms by style, tonal intensity, and personality. The course also explores the formal characteristics of typography through a series of hands-on projects in which students experiment with type size, weight, style, space, movement, and contrast. The use of grid systems and layout are explored through the examination of typography in book, magazine, poster, and digital media design.

Bring to first class: Students need only bring a sketchbook and pen or pencil to the first class. Computer skills will not be covered in this course, but students will need access to a computer to complete homework assignments.

Design for Social Change

  • SF Campus
  • EXGRP-1401-01
  • Instructor: Sandra Kelch
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., July 15-29
  • 5 sessions. $170. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite:  Intro to Communication Design or equivalent

This course focuses on the power of design to inform, influence, and promote social change for a more humane and just world. Students are exposed to several examples of socio-political graphics of different styles and formats, including posters, billboards, stencils, advertising, and public graphics. Topics covered include the history of propaganda and activist graphics, urban interventions, noncommercial graphic design, and a range of design that addresses social, environmental, and political topics. Students are given exercises and assignments that engage them in topics of their choice.

Ideation Sketching & Visual Notation 

  • SF Campus
  • EXGRP-1504-01
  • Instructor: Lewis Bangham
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 6:45-9:45 p.m., July 8-August 7
  • 10 sessions. $335. 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: Justin Gabbard
  • Monday, 6:45-9:45 p.m., July 7-August 11
  • 6 sessions. $210. 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.

Illustration: Visual Storytelling

  • OAK Campus
  • EXILL-1503-01
  • Instructor: Arden Johnson-Petrov
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 3-July 3
  • 10 sessions. $335. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

Spiderman began as a comic. Where the Wild Things Are started with a book. Both morphed into movies and licensed characters. This course focuses on the methods and tools of sequential, visual storytelling (storyboarding), as it is applied to children's books, comics, graphic novels, commercials, and movies.

This studio also covers pacing, character development, thumbnails, dummies, preliminary sketches, and finished portfolio pieces. Students create visual story images from written and spoken ideas.

In the first few classes, students develop a black and white storyboard for a 10-second commercial, exploring how to stage a scene/shot with angles, P.O.V, perspective, and lighting. Guest speakers include a successful freelance illustrator in the field of storyboarding commercials and movies and an art director from Pixar Animation Studios. Please note that guest speakers are subject to change.

Digital Drawing and Painting: Wacom Tablet Intensive

  • OAK Campus
  • EXMED-1200-01
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 13-August 3
  • 4 sessions. $315. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics or equivalent. Previous drawing, painting, or illustration experience recommended

An ever-growing number of animators, illustrators, graphic designers, and architects are choosing the convenience and versatility of the Wacom tablet for the creation of illustrations, concept art, and storyboards. This hands-on workshop introduces the Wacom tablet as a digital drawing and painting tool using Photoshop.

The first half of the course emphasizes the tablet itself, how it works, proper set up, handling and care of the tablet and stylus, and setting up an efficient digital workspace. Students build hand-eye coordination, confidence, and spontaneity with the tablet through mark-making, gesture studies, and methods for building value, texture and form. Techniques for creating custom brushes, coloring existing line art, and grayscale images are also covered.

During the second half of the course, students work on an assignment using photographs and scanned drawings to give a greater context to the skill-building exercises, while emphasizing creativity and problem solving.

Bring to first class: Digital images of your own that you would like to work with, USB flash drive or CD-R/RW for saving exercises, sketchbook, and pen or pencil. One student per Macintosh computer.

Intro to Interior Design

  • SF Campus
  • EXINT-1500-01
  • Instructor: Briggs MacDonald
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 6:45-9:45 p.m, June 10-July 10
  • 10 sessions. $335. 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.

Machine Knitting

  • SF Campus
  • EXFAS-1503-01
  • Instructor: Hanne Behrend
  • Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., June 14-28
  • 3 sessions. $225. $30 materials fee payable to instructor at first session. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: none

This hands-on workshop in machine knitting is open to anyone, from absolute beginners to knitters with some experience. Over the course of three sessions, students 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, and short row knitting. As a final project, students may choose to knit a pair of fingerless gloves for which the instructor will provide a demonstration and instructions. Alternative ideas and instructions for the student's final project will also be provided.

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

  • Oakland Campus
  • EXTEX-1502-01
  • Instructor: Stacy Speyer
  • June 13-25, Fri./Sat./Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Mon./Wed., 6:30–9:30 p.m.
  • 10 sessions. $800 noncredit option or $1,666 (+$50 registration fee) 1 credit option. $20 lab fee payable at registration
  • 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 using the 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.

Limit: 8 students; one student per computer. Bring to first class: paper and pen for note-taking and a USB stick to save files developed in class.

This one-unit course may be combined with two other one-unit courses to satisfy a Studio Elective.