Tote Bag Sewing

Posted in ACE Fashion on Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Students in Anne Novotny’s Sewing Techniques class applied fundamental seam sample techniques to the creation of a custom tote bag.

Children’s Book Illustration

Posted in ACE Illustration on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The ACE Children’s Book Illustration class visited the library to take reference photos. Afterwards, the class discussed concepts such as composition, characterization, color, and story telling during a group critique. The students worked with collage, watercolor, gouache, and digital imaging applications to created their 32-page picture books.

Pattern Making and Draping

Posted in ACE Fashion on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The ACE Fashion Construction class visited the Fashion Resource Center and learned about pattern making, drafting, sewing techniques, and constructing prototypes.


Posted in ACE Writing, Intensives on Friday, January 20th, 2012

In Michael Barlow and Rowland Saifi’s Writing+Words Intensive Students worked on individual word and image projects using a variety of materials and processes. Themes that were addressed included the emotional impact of creative work, finding connections between making a living and making art, the influence of money and consumerism on contemporary life. Short stories and written pieces were developed alongside visual pieces and combined in a variety of formats.


Posted in ACE Fashion on Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Students in Abigail Glaum-Lathbury Fashion Construction 2 class designed and constructed unique garments using a variety of fabrics, draping techniques, and construction methods.

Copying the Masters

Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, November 28th, 2011

Students in Jose Andreu’s Copying at the Art Institute class researched and painted copies of master works from the world renowned collections of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Interior Spaces and Linear Perspective

Posted in ACE Painting & Drawing on Monday, November 21st, 2011

Studio Drawing Practice students had a discussion addressing linear perspective, compositional dynamics of positive and negative spatial relationships, and modeling form. They worked with compressed charcoal sticks to produce drawings focused on physical interior spaces.

Bathroom Design

Posted in ACE Interior Design on Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Richard Kassemsarn’s Intro to Interior Design class looked at bathroom products and layouts and discussed the fundamentals of interior space use, how spaces are designed around specific activities and needs, the importance of plan and elevation drawings, and the necessity of thinking about each interior space as part of a larger, consistent interior environment.

Open Painting Studio

Posted in ACE Painting & Drawing on Sunday, November 13th, 2011

After looking at many artists such as Matisse, Judy Tabor, Cy Twombly, Picasso, Kiki Smith and Jenny Saville for inspiration, students in Ricardo Harris-Fuentes’ Painting Studio course developed their own paintings featuring personal imagery using oil and acrylic on canvas.

The Architecture of Children’s Picture Book

Posted in ACE Illustration on Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Laura Montenegro’s Children’s Book Illustration class discussed their inspiration from books such as The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Writing with Pictures by Uri Shulevitz, Words about Pictures by Perry Nodelman, and Don’t Worry by instructor Laura Montenegro.

Students explored questions concerning the architecture of the book – title pages, framing, bleeds, sequencing, storyboarding event sequencing, and weighting – in order to better understand what makes the great children’s book great.

The class later shared their beginning illustrations and written stories for their picture books.

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