Fall 2017 Course Schedule 
Spring 2018 Course Schedule

 

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    IL 104

    Intro to Ink for Illustrators

    This class is an introduction to the traditional and inventive use of drawing with pen, brush and ink. Course projects cover a full repertoire of practice sheets, line-making techniques, including cross hatching, gesture, stippling, and freestyle lines, as well as brush work and ink washes. There will be a focus on materials and demonstrations explaining proper use of pen, nibs, brushes, ink and paper choices.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    IL 107

    Portrait Drawing in Illustration: People and Animals

    Beginning level portraiture class - human and animal. This course explores various drawing techniques with a focus on proportion, structure, features, ethnicity and likeness to develop accurate as well as expressive illustrative portraits. Students will be working from live models, photographs and imagination including excursions to Maine Audubon to draw from their collection.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    IL 110

    Methods and Media in Illustration

    Students learn and build technical skills using a variety of water based materials such as acrylic, gouache, and watercolor as they apply to illustration. Students will gain an understanding of the effective use of color through painting and color mixing exercises. Focus on representational and observation.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    IL 212

    Illustration in Context

    An introduction to illustration as a profession. Students do a variety of illustration assignments including editorial, book, and product illustration. Students learn illustration terminology and the beginnings of professionalism.

    Prerequisites : Any 100 IL, and DR 228 or DR 120

    3 credits
    IL 275

    Hand Lettering and Word Marks

    This course provides training in hand lettering styles, calligraphy and the creation of word marks. Students begin a study of hand lettering and learn the processes that (with dedication) will eventually lead to mastery. The course includes a survey of European historical writing styles, and American and European sign lettering, with a concentration on historical forms that influence the current trends in lettering and word mark design. There will also be an optional component focused on lettering coordinated to hand-drawn images. This course serves all disciplines in the college that can include lettering as an artistic component, and provides all students with an intensive study of the visual aspect of written communication.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    IL 310

    The Picture Book

    This course explores in-depth the literature and the making of books with pictures for children. Students examine the connection between words and images, critique manuscripts, design the layout for a book, and create storyboards and final illustrations. Issues of audience, publication, and marketing strategies will also be covered. All stages of illustrating a picture book will be covered: developing an idea; character design and consistency; creating sequential, narrative images; solving problems of plot and pacing; presenting a book to a publisher. The emphasis will be on the process of making the words and images work together seamlessly, from first rough storyboard to final presentation dummy.

    Prerequisites : Completion of 200 level course requirements for majors

    3 credits
    IL 321

    Illustration Majors Studio 

    This course further exposes students to a range of illustration formats and genres. Students build and hone drawing and technical skills, establish and maintain research methods, and explore materials and concepts. Third- and fourth-year students work to solve visual problems with short and long deadlines, combine observational skills, research, and invention in innovative ways, experiment to gain more fluency, and work in stages of formal and conceptual refinement. A student may work in representational, narrative, or conceptual genres on assignment-based projects, and will gain experience in contemporary practices, including process, the articulation of ideas, and presentation.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    IL 322

    Illustration Majors Studio

    Students strengthen and refine skill sets, further developing research methods, practicing self-critique, meeting deadlines, and locating their personal voice and interests. Third-year students continue to work with shorter-term assignment-based illustration projects and focus on certain methods with faculty support. Seniors build a cohesive, portfolio-ready body of work consisting of both short-term and long-term projects where skill, research, and personal voice are concrete and visible. Guest illustrators, studio visits, critiques, field trips, and readings continue to support and broaden their experience and understanding of the field, presentation, and professional practices.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    IL 323

    Advanced Pen and Ink

    This course builds upon students’ experience in earlier illustration classes by exploring a variety of nibs with dip pens, brushes and experimental techniques. Students will try out new techniques and styles and hone their craft in individual styles and examine a wide array of pen and ink artists throughout art history. Students will explore how mark-making matters in revealing form, structure, texture and tone well as in communicating a specific message or mood when composing a complete illustration. Techniques used in illustration in order to jumpstart their affinity, competency and eventual mastery of ink, and approaches and styles with this medium.

    Prerequisites : IL 204 and/or IL 104 or Permission of the instructor

    3 credits
    IL 351

    Introduction to the Discipline 

    This seminar course provides an overview of the history of illustration from the perspective of critical genres and movements in illustration. Students will participate in lectures, engage in short readings and will work on projects individually and collaboratively. For example, students will be asked to select an illustration genre, find a contemporary parallel and present their findings. Students will interview local artists, give presentations, go on field trips, do workshops and visit studios to further engage in a dialogue of the uses, definitions, and value of illustration as an enduring social art form.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    IL 421

    Illustration Majors Studio 

    This course further exposes a student to a range of illustration formats and genres encountered in the field. Students build and hone drawing and technical skills, establish and maintain research methods, and explore materials and concepts. Third- and fourth-year students work to solve visual problems with short and long deadlines, combine observational skills, research, and invention in innovative ways, experiment to gain more fluency, and work in stages of formal and conceptual refinement. A student may work in representational, narrative, or conceptual genres, on assignment-based projects, and will gain experience in contemporary practices, including process, the articulation of ideas, and presentation.

    Prerequisites : IL 321/322

    3 credits
    IL 423

    Illustration Majors Studio

    Students strengthen and refine skill sets, further developing research methods, practicing self-critique, meeting deadlines, and locating their personal voice and interests. Third-year students continue to work with shorter-term assignment-based illustration projects and focus on certain methods with faculty support. Seniors work on a cohesive, portfolio-ready body of work on both short-term and long-term projects where skill, research, and personal voice are concrete and visible. Guest illustrators, studio visits, critiques, field trips, and readings continue to support and broaden their experience and understanding of the field, presentation, and professional practices.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    SEM 351

    Motive, Method, Making (GD & IL)

    This course explores the materials and methods of working in design and illustration through a series of intensive hands-on workshops. Processes may include Risograph printing, letterpress printing, prototyping packaging, an introduction to the Fab Lab, animation, and building a web presence. Conceptual exploration of a semester-long theme will be a common tying narrative to a visual language that is material specific. Whether 2D, 3D, time based, interactive, linear or nonlinear, methods of making influences the strategies applied within the design and illustration studio today.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio (Craft, Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration and Design)

    This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments.

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring

    3 credits
    SEM 452

    Senior Synthesis

    This course is taken in the final semester of the senior year. It is an integral course with the studio practice. Students will be led through a guided research and writing process to identify and explore what their inspirations are for their studio work, how those interests are played out historically and what their relevance is to contemporary art and culture. The

    class will culminate in a fully articulated written thesis that explains and details their thesis work. Students will present their ideas at various points throughout the semester and conversations will be held about the ideas underlying their work both in the classroom and in individualized studio visits.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    TF 214

    Fashion Illustration

    This course will teach the basics of fashion illustration through life drawing with a fully clothed model. You will learn human proportions and anatomy sketching as well as technics to render drapery, texture, and embellishment details. Through a combination of short gesture sketches and longer poses each student will be able to develop both a stylized hand and the skill to do a more technical rendering. This class is encouraged for both Textile and Fashion Design students and Illustration students.

    Prerequisites : DR 100

    3 credits