Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Spring CCA Extension Courses!

I'm happy to announce the courses I'll be teaching this coming spring through the California College of the Arts Extension program. These are weekend hands-on workshops with reasonable class sizes that allow for plenty of one-on-one time. The facilities at the Oakland campus are excellent and use the latest hardware and software.

My Wacom Tablet Intensive has been particularly helpful to traditional fine artists and illustrators who are ready for the benefits of a digital workflow. I've had a lot of success with helping to find digital translations of their individual styles and processes.

Here are the course listings in detail:

Digital Drawing and Painting: Wacom Tablet Intensive

OAK Campus
Instructor: Eugene Young
Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., March 1-22
4 sessions. $325. Noncredit
Prerequisite: Photoshop Basics or equivalent. Previous drawing, painting, or illustration experience recommended

A growing number of animators, illustrators, fine artists, concept artists and designers prefer the convenience and versatility of the Wacom tablet. This hands-on workshop introduces the Wacom tablet as a digital drawing and painting tool using Photoshop.

The first three sessions focus on the tablet hardware and software and adapting traditional concepts to a digital workflow. Students will learn hand-eye coordination, confidence, and spontaneity with the tablet through mark-making, quick studies, and basic methods of building value, texture and form. Additional skill-building exercises cover custom brushes, and coloring existing line art or grayscale images. 
During the fourth session, students work on individual projects based on their area of interest that give greater context to the skill-building exercises emphasize creativity and problem solving.
Bring to first class: Examples of your work or work you find inspiring, USB flash drive for saving exercises, sketchbook, and pen or pencil. One student per Macintosh computer.

Adobe Creative Cloud Intensive

OAK Campus
Instructor: Eugene Young
Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., February 1, 8, 15
3 sessions. $290. Noncredit
Prerequisite: basic computer skills, Mac or PC

Adobe Creative Cloud is the industry standard for digital imaging and publishing. This four-day intensive introduces students to Adobe's InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, combined with an overview of Adobe Acrobat PDF workflow, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The first day is spent learning to draw and alter vector images in Illustrator; the next day covers learning the basics of photo editing, color correction and manipulation in Photoshop. In the third session, the class puts it all together in InDesign, learning layers and multipage document setup while exploring type styles and basic layout. 
Throughout, participants explore the tools, palettes, menus, and essentials of each application through a series of hands-on, in-class exercises designed for beginners, with optional intermediate take-home work if desired.  Course topics may change to best suit the individual needs of the class.
Optional: Participants may bring USB flash drive or CD-R/RW  to class for copying exercises or class work. One student per Macintosh computer.

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