The visual journal can be a place of exploration that is portable, economical, and inter/cross-disciplinary. In this course, students create daily journal entries that can include but are not limited to drawings, paintings, collages, digital renderings and photography, paper engineering, and written observations. Each journal's overall form can be conventional or that of an artist's book, website, or blog.
As popularized in the pages of magazines like Rolling Stone, Time, and Entertainment Weekly, the Illustrated Portrait provides a fresh new look at the strengths and flaws of people who shape popular culture, our government, and everything in-between. In this class, the history of portraiture will be used as inspiration and as a technical style-guide. Students will create their own vision of important (and not-so-important) people.
For a century, poster art has been used effectively for commerce, propaganda, protest, image, and personal expression. This course will focus on two particularly vibrant and expressive applications of this medium: the concert poster and the theatre poster. For stylistic inspiration and a basic historical overview, we will look back at the most revolutionary movements and artists of poster art: from the French Art Nouveau posters of the 1890s to the psychedelic-rock posters of the 1960s.