May 28 and June 25 Scholarship Deadlines
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Drawing with Ink

ACT-116

For the ink enthusiast! Learn how to work with a variety of ink- and water-based mediums, including pen and ink, alcohol-based markers (Copic, Prismacolor), and watercolor and acrylic ink. You’ll develop your compositional drawing skills while exploring still life, figure/portraiture, and narrative illustration. 1–4pm Saturdays, South Campus. Estimated cost: $50

Illustration

ACT-011

Apply your drawing and painting skills to create album covers, ads, by magazine articles and more. Learn the basics of color theory using acrylic paint and other mediums. This class also includes a survey of contemporary problem-solvers and the history of illustration. Prerequisite: Some previous drawing experience recommended. Estimated cost of materials: $70 1–4 pm, Saturdays, South Campus

Children's Book Illustration Summer Workshop

ACT-118W

Learn how to create dynamic illustrations through character creations and storyboarding for children's book creation. This includes character design, page composition, penciling, watercolors, acrylics, inking and lettering. Polish your narrative skills and explore various approaches from full-page design to book cover construction. June 22–26 OR August 3–7. Estimated cost of materials: $40

Entertainment Design: Characters and Worlds

ACT-071

Discover the fundamentals of entertainment design from an illustrator’s perspective and complete a finished presentation for your portfolio. Storyboard, conceptualize and design environments, develop characters and study the processes that the entertainment industry uses to create dramatic worlds for video games, animation, TV shows and movies. Open to all levels. Estimated cost of materials: $401–4 pm, Saturdays, South Campus

3D Character Modeling for Gaming

ACT-051

Gain a rich interdisciplinary foundation in organic modeling and texturing in Maya. In this class, you will learn about the basics of lighting, animation and rendering and complete a modeled and textured character. This class is highly recommended for those interested in video games, film and entertainment in general. Prerequisite: basic computer knowledge. Estimated cost of materials: $45 1–4 pm, Saturdays, South Campus

Introduction to Transportation Design

ACT-061

Do you love cars? This hands-on class will introduce you to industrial drawing skills and techniques that transportation design professionals use. Learn the fundamental design principles and procedures that will make your design the best it can be. This class includes an introduction to transportation design as a profession, and an exploration and discussion of the trends and global forces impacting the present and future of transportation. Estimated cost: $75 for materials and $45 for textbook 1–4 pm, Saturdays, South Campus

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Drawing from the Nude

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Character Design

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Photography

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Illustration

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Photography

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Illustration

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Comic Book Illustration

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Illustration

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Comic Book Illustration

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Illustration

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Surrealist Pen and Ink

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Collage

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Illustration

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Creative Sketchbooks, Journals and Altered Books

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Creative Sketchbooks, Journals and Altered Books

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Creative Sketchbooks, Journals and Altered Books

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Figure Drawing

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Surrealist Pen and Ink

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Comic Book Illustration

ACX Teens energizes and inspires students at home

Mark Clarke and Joel Bell

Mark Clarke
& Joel Bell

Wonder how an initial napkin sketch can become a smartphone, or how a concept car is designed? In ACX Teens’ four-week Industrial Design Summer Intensive, students explore the wide world of industrial design, a field in which form (shape), human factors (ergonomics) and an understanding of engineering and manufacturing come together.

Offered in two parts, Transportation Design and Product Design, the intensive is taught by alumni Mark D. Clarke (BS 83 Transportation Design) and Joel Bell (BS 01 Product Design). The first week focuses on basic skills such as 2D visual communication, design and research methodology, project structure, and presentation. “As the weeks progress, we refine skills and deep-dive into the history of ID,” says Clarke. “It’s an A-Z of industrial design.” 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACX Teens decided that all of its courses would be taught remotely this summer, which meant that Clarke and Bell had to quickly adapt their syllabus. Their approach to online teaching includes dynamic sharing of visual information, from slides to videos, and more one-on-one online meetings to keep students at home energized and focused. 

“Digital skills are much easier to teach in an online class format, so we’re introducing more of them than in past years,” says Clarke, an international automotive designer and consultant who has worked at Fisker, Porsche and BMW. “For reviewing and critiquing work online, we use Zoom’s built-in annotation tools . We’re also inviting more ArtCenter degree students, as well as product and automotive design industry professionals, to give speeches and demos.” 

Industrial Design Summer Intensive students will be introduced to ArtCenter’s work ethic and tasked with producing high quality portfolio pieces, suitable for applying to the College’s degree programs. For their first project, they’ll design a personal and functional workspace. They’ll also use available household items for their 3D model-making assignments, Clarke says, and taught basic Photoshop digital sketching techniques in the last two weeks of the course. 

“With advancements in online learning, the students have a unique opportunity to learn and develop important design skills in the comfort of their own space, while interacting with students from all over the world, and that’s exciting,” says Bell, who has designed products ranging from sports equipment to home furnishings and children’s products. His clients include Callaway Golf, Diamondback Fitness and Disney. 

“Working and teaching remotely in previous jobs, for many years, has given me extensive experience with online platforms,” adds Clarke. “In the mid ‘90s, I was part of a pioneering project at BMW to develop remote design working techniques.”

Clarke himself took courses as a teenager through ACX Teens—then called Saturday High—before applying to and being accepted into ArtCenter as an undergraduate Transportation Design student. “As someone who started my design education through ArtCenter, this Summer Intensive has deep personal meaning to me,” says Clarke.

ACT 302W-02

 
04.06 -06.03

Registration period

04.16

Summer 2020 scholarship deadline #1

05.28

Summer 2020 scholarship deadline #2

06.06

Classes begin

06.22 -08.14

Weeklong and Two-week Summer Workshops

06.25

Summer 2020 scholarship deadline #3

07.04

Holiday, no classes

07.06 -07.31

Summer Intensives

07.10

Last day to drop classes

08.15

Saturday classes end