Summer Session 2016

Continuing CCA student registration for on-campus summer courses March 4-27 through WebAdvisor; registration for nondegree students begins on March 28.

Illustration Tools: Tattoo Design

Instructor: Aaron Hodges
San Francisco / ILLUS–238 / 20 sessions
Prerequisite: Illustration 2
May 23-June 30 (no class 5/30), Mon./Tues./Thurs., 6-10 p.m.
& June 4, Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
& June 11 & 18, Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Part lecture/discussion and part studio practice, this course investigates the history of tattooing throughout civilization with a final focus on the state of tattooing in popular culture today. We discuss the specific purpose of images and symbolism in tattooing and gain an understanding of the cultural and social importance of body adornment throughout history. Students create tattoo art based on the discoveries we make in class, while thinking about the ways in which tattoos respond to, and interact with, their home, the body. Readings, discussions, and medium based projects guide us in understanding why permanent body adornment has been with man as far back as 5200 B.C.

This course satisfies an Illustration Tools requirement or a Studio Elective.

Illustration Tools: Comics

Instructors: Chris Koehler, Sam Sattin
San Francisco / ILLUS–220 / 23 sessions
Prerequisite: none
July 5-August 11, Mon.-Thurs., 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Illustration Tools: Comics (Sequential Illustration) aims to teach students the history, context, and art of making comics. The class builds around a series of exercises and assignments culminating in the creation of an actual comic and a comic pitch. Assignments and instruction are divided between the ideation and writing of comics and the craft and visual aspects of making comics. The goal is for students to articulate their own ideas literally and visually to create their own sequential narratives.

The writing portion of the class is led by acclaimed novelist and comic writer Samuel Sattin. Students examine fundamentals of storytelling as they relate not just to comics and graphic novels, but also to narrative as a whole. Combining a curriculum of comics, novels, and hybrid works with class activities and critique, students gain a firmer comprehension of the craft. Techniques taught include world building, character development, story structure & strategy, script crafting, and revision.

The art and techniques workshops are taught by award winning illustrator and comic artist Chris Koehler and cover all techniques necessary to make comics, including thumbnailing and sketching panel from a script, creating panel layouts and sequential narrative, character and scene design, layout, inking techniques, coloring, lettering.

Reviews and critiques, led by both Samuel and Chris, help students stay on track, provide meaningful and constructive feedback, and allow students to encourage and inspire their peers.

Over the course of the six-week session, students should come to understand the comic creation process and feel empowered to passionately create visual narratives and tell stories through the medium of comics. Additionally, students learn the workings of the comics industry and how to pitch a comic project to a publisher. (3 credits)

This course satisfies an Approved Drawing, Illustration Tools, or Studio Elective.

Illustration Tools: Figure Sculpture

Instructor: Owen Smith
Oakland / ILLUS–251 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: Life Drawing, or Illus Tools B: From Figure to Final, or Body-in-Motion
July 25-August 12, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

This class is designed for any student wishing to gain a greater understanding of the human figure. Painters, who normally translate a three-dimensional subject into two dimensions, benefit from sculpting because it can free the imagination to visualize the figure in a variety of angles and gestures.

Sculpting sessions with live models progress from gestural figure sketches in clay, to head studies, to full figure renderings. While exploring the physical qualities of the medium, the techniques of building structural supports, and the use of various tools, students work through the challenges of capturing a figure’s anatomy, proportions, weight, action, balance, and tension.

Through slide lectures and a field trip, the class delves into the variety and application of sculptural technique. In addition to in-class model sessions, students create a final project: either a hand study, or a character figure. The ceramic clay pieces produced in the class will be kiln-fired. (3 credits)

This course satisfies an Illustration Tools requirement or a Studio Elective.

The following summer study-abroad course also satisfies an Illustration requirement:
London/Paris: Across the Pond (Media History)