Fine Arts
Illustration and Comic Art

This dynamic class will introduce students to illustration materials and techniques and conceptual approaches to image making. The creative process will be discussed, from creating initial sketches to final illustration critiques. Lectures on contemporary illustrators and trends will help broaden students' understanding of the field and its role in editorial, advertising, publishing, and packaging industries. Assignments are designed to help students gain an understanding of where, when, and how illustration is used, and to develop the skills needed to create successful illustrations. Students will start to create their own visual language, analyzing and revising images to develop their concepts, composition, and color. This class will include demonstrations of art materials, including pen and ink, paint, and collage, along with information on topics related to working as a professional illustrator. The instructor will discuss topics related to the business of illustration including: developing a cohesive body of work, creating an illustration portfolio, self-promotion, and working with art directors. A variety of homework assignments will support in-class discussions. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Prerequisite: Previous drawing and painting experience helpful, but not required.

What to Bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook. A complete materials list will be discussed at the first class meeting.

Register Before: June 2

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings

  • Register on or before May 19 and save $25.
  • Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

VC 4149 SU17
Date Start: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Date End: 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Morrison Building Room M201
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 16 and above.
Days of Week: 
Previous drawing and painting experience helpful, but not required.