Illustration | SACI College of Art & Design Florence



  • ARTD(IL)495 Illustration3

    Term: Fall, Spring

    Prerequisites: None

    Students in this course:

    • learn both to develop their individual creative potential and to fine tune each project for specific audiences
    • meet professional illustrators who give presentations on their work
    • use techniques such as watercolor, écoline, pen and ink, colored pencils, and collage, and are encouraged to experiment
    • learn layout and typography guidelines for designing covers and pages and for creating meaningful illustrated sequences
    • are introduced to Adobe Creative suite in case they never worked with Illustrator, Photoshop or Indesign for the final showcase of their illustrations

    During the first half of the term, lectures and practical exercises introduce students to the fundamentals of illustration—drawing, color, cropping, history, creativity, and sequence—and students complete short assignments related to these concepts and techniques. Illustrations from magazines and books are analyzed, and an overview of European children’s book illustration is offered. In the second half of the term, a longer project is carried through all its phases, from the first concept to the final mock-ups: each student creates a character as the main actor of a story for children. The resulting illustrated book is presented to a primary school audience, and the children provide valuable feedback about the work.

    (See syllabus below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

    Syllabus & Faculty

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