6130 – Illustration 2 credits – semester Level: CP Prerequisite: Drawing I Illustration can be found in children’s books, book covers, websites, magazines, album covers, clothing, skateboards, and comic books. Illustration is everywhere! In this class we will be learning many skills that are useful to create great illustrations. Graphic Design concepts and creative problem solving abilities will be presented in this class. We will explore different art materials and learn about accomplished historic and contemporary creators. Students will be shown how to create thumbnail sketches, pitch an idea, and make necessary adjustments in order to bring ideas into form. Drawing and storytelling skills will be strengthened in this class.
Course Description Illustration begins with skill building exercises and leads to more in-depth projects as the semester progresses. Various materials, manners of drawing, and visual formats will be experimented with so that students can discover their own personal style. Students will learn how to create a balanced composition, translate ideas into imagery, and become proficient with creating sequential images. Art history as well as contemporary illustration topics will be discussed in class. Drawing is a large part of this course and drawing experience is highly recommended. Students must take Foundations of Art as a prerequisite for this class. Essential Questions
How can we contribute to a visual culture in a meaningful way?
Is there a difference between Illustration and Fine Art?
How does an artist generate an emotional response in their viewer?
How do artists work?
What responsibilities come with the freedom to create?
How do illustrators create works of art or design that effectively communicate?
What role does persistence play in revising, refining, and developing work?
How does collaboratively reflecting on a work help us experience it more completely?
Where and how do we encounter illustration in our world?
How is art used to impact the views of a society? How does art preserve aspects of life?
Materials Sketchbook, mechanical pencil, black waterproof pens, erasers, color media of your choice. HomeworkYou have 12 homework assignments to complete over the course of the semester/6per quarter. Additionally, you will be expected to do research and sketches as needed outside of class. Assessments and Grades Grades will be calculated according to 2020-2021 district, school, and departmental standards and in response to COVID-19 school structure. Artist Behaviors
Studio Participation, Habits, Collaboration, and Critiques
Product craftsmanship/attention to detail
Creative Problem Solving
Extra-Help/Support AvailableExtra-help during is available by appointment. Classroom Experience Sketchbooks Sketches do not need to be pretty, beautiful, or even immediately understandable to others. Sketchbooks will be used in many ways for this class.
It will serve as a way for you to refer back to ideas discussed in class over time.
It is a place for you to document and annotate your own ideas.
You can write down good ideas you see elsewhere and that pop up in your day.
You can use it as place to collect materials such as pictures from magazines or screen snapshots and tape them onto pages.
Regular use of the sketchbook will help you develop your skills, your accuracy, and your confidence in drawing out your ideas.
Sketchbooks will be checked periodically during the semester.
You will develop your skills in freehand sketching and annotate as a way to describe visual information (ideas and descriptive details) related to the course materials you are learning.
You will develop the sketchbook as a personal reference of following your ideas and then, reflecting on the development of these ideas.
You will acquire the habit of using a sketchbook for freehand sketching and annotations of ideas (from casual and spontaneous ideas to studied interface design development) and for detailing where inspiration comes from (other systems, students, magazines, etc.)
Semester Schedule Section 1: Skill building and techniques. Section 2: Generating successful compositions and visual communication Section 3: Completion of an independent project