Course Description

Learn the fundamentals of illustration in this design studio. Illustrators are visual thinkers who create comics, graphic novels, computer and film animation, video games, children’s books, graphics for skateboards, images for magazines and newspapers, and many other kinds of visuals. This course introduces students to the types of projects contemporary illustrators work on and guides them to develop and hone their illustration skills and style. Students may use Adobe Creative Cloud (subscription not included) or free/inexpensive graphic design apps (to be suggested in class) for course projects that may incorporate a digital component.

Learner Outcomes

  • Illustrate images with an understanding of color, tone, style, shading, composition, and perspective
  • Develop basic visual principles like multi-tone drawing and light washes and combining painting and drawing
  • Demonstrate ease with brainstorming with materials, making effective visual decisions by first engaging in experimentation with multiple approaches
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the iterative and incremental making process, including developing sketches and responding to feedback
  • Effectively use collected research (information and images available on the Internet, in magazines, newspapers, or books) to inform the visual development of a drawing, painting, or animation
  • Demonstrate familiarity with strategically selecting and employing the painting/drawing/collage/photography/video techniques that are best suited for each work
  • Show an understanding of the virtual art/design studio environment and practice by participating in a variety of synchronous (real-time interaction) activities including lectures, demos, and discussions; individual and collaborative exercises and projects; and self and peer critiques.

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Section Title
Illustration Ages 14-18, Parsons Pre-College China
M, T, W, Th, F
9:00AM to 11:50AM
Jul 18, 2022 to Jul 22, 2022
M, T, W, Th, F, Sa
9:00AM to 11:50AM
Jul 25, 2022 to Jul 30, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Distance Learning
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
CE Tuition non-credit $5,000.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 18, 2022
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 11, 2022
Section Notes
In addition to the daily online sessions with Parsons faculty, students in this course can also schedule sessions with a design mentor.
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