Saturday, August 29, 2009

Class Syllabus





 Illustration 3 elaborates the standard demands and practices of the professional illustrator, while offering experience to the student through the sampling of a wide variety of assignments. In creating Illustration for real assignments, students will build on the conceptual skills in Illustration I, and on the personal vision and formal picture making skills honed in Illustration II. Attention to the marketplace, content concerns, art direction, reproduction, deadlines, and other obstacles to the illustrator are addressed and experienced.



Students will receive on assignment at the end of class to complete by the given deadline. Missed deadlines will be seen as missed jobs (and a zero for a grade) unless a proper excuse has been given (family emergency, serious illness). Most of the class is based on focused critiques that help us evaluate the quality of your craftsmanship as well as your conceptual thinking. A student’s ability to talk about their own work AND the work of others demonstrates a mature artistic mind that is able to communicate and articulate ideas appropriately, whether it be with a colleague or art director. Lectures on artists, contracts, color, and different markets will also be a constant element in the classroom, as well as exercises in sketching and brainstorming.


 Since we meet only once a week it is important to be present at classes. Each student is allowed 2 excused absences for the semester. Critiques and class time are a vital element to the class, and if a student exceeds 2 absences they will fail for the semester.  Class starts at 12:30 sharp, so please give yourself proper time to settle in. Lateness is noticed.



 It is important to treat this class experience as professionally as possible. This includes:

  • Following deadlines
  • Notifying the instructor when you will be absent due to illness or appointments.
  • Following up on missed assignments and planning when to make up lost time when absent.
  • Providing the best quality possible for BOTH sketches and finals.
  • Responsibly providing yourself with proper supplies, materials, and time. Excuses along the lines of “I ran out of paper/paint/pencils” will not be accepted.
  • Participating in critiques when appropriate and respecting others when speaking.



 Grading will consist of several elements, including your ability to finish work on time and in a professional matter. Class participation and attendance plays a factor as well as your ability to build upon and utilize constructive criticism from past classes. Your ability to follow directions such as size, color restrictions, and other requirements will also contribute to your final grade.