SCAD Summer Seminars Atlanta workshops

SCAD Summer Seminars students participate in two workshops per session. In Atlanta, students may select any two of the following options:

School of Fashion

Fashion: Sketching and illustration for garments
Through demonstrations, class work and professional examples, students explore many aspects of fashion illustration including basic fashion figures, and white and color garment illustrations. Students select one of their own illustrations for exhibition.

Fashion: Textiles for garments
Through demonstrations and class work, students learn the qualities and properties of fashion fabrics. By investigating the fibers, care and finishing of textiles, students learn the basic methods of textile design development. For the closing exhibition, students create a storyboard inspired by their unique choice of textiles and color schemes, as well as a mini-bust form garment.

Fashion marketing: Trends and forecasting
Through demonstrations, discussion and class work, this workshop introduces students to the theories of dress, aesthetic norms, trends, color, personality expression and context. Students develop project boards to effectively combine design elements, principles and retail concepts.

School of Fine Arts

Photography: Digital photographic foundations
Students learn to see photographically through an exploration of the basic tools, techniques and aesthetics of digital photography. Emphasis is placed on the creative use of camera controls, exposure, digital imaging software and an awareness of the critical issues in contemporary photography. Students must bring a 5-megapixel (minimum) point-and-shoot or SLR digital camera.

Photography: Digital editing techniques
This workshop introduces digital modification of photography through the use of editing software and the commercial and aesthetic application of digital imagery. Students learn to recreate images with an emphasis on black-and-white versus color editing. Students must possess basic computer skills and should bring a 5-megapixel (minimum) point-and-shoot or SLR digital camera and some existing digital images on a CD.

Painting acrylic media
Through this workshop, students engage in a variety of painting techniques including glazing and scumbling. Using this quick-drying media, students create small works on paper as they explore color, composition and paint application unique to acrylics.

Painting: Watercolor techniques (Session 1 only)
This workshop offers an overview of traditional watercolor materials and medium. Examining its history and how watercolor is used in contemporary art today, students complete painting projects.

Photogravure through printmaking (session I only)
Learn how to make photographs the 19th-century way. Invented in 1865, photogravure was the first high-quality means of printing photographs on fine art paper. Participants will be exposed to the historic use of this medium as well as its contemporary practice. Participants explore photopolymer printing, a modern version of the process, to create an artwork for the closing exhibition. The process makes an excellent medium for collage and the incorporation of drawing elements with photography.

Sculpture: Blacksmithing
In this introductory course students will learn a variety of techniques involved in traditional blacksmithing. This hands-on workshop will provide students with the basics of using a forge and proper use of the tools to produce scrolls and twists in metal.

Sculpture: Interactive 3-D printing
In this 21st-century course students will begin to learn the basics of 3-D digital printing. Students will use simple and user-friendly software to create fascinating objects on the computer to tangible 3-D printed output forms.

School of Foundation Studies

Drawing: Creative layering through prints (session II only)
This workshop teaches students new approaches for drawing images in layers. With graphic printmaking processes such as monotype, students experiment in class and translate their traditional drawing skills by printmaking their hand-drawn designs on paper for the closing exhibition.

Drawing: The figure
Students explore the fundamentals of figure drawing, beginning with the basics of sighting and measuring, as well as simple structural anatomy. Students explore a variety of drawing techniques that allow them to experiment with both line and value.

Drawing: Dynamic portrait drawing
Students explore the fundamentals of portrait drawing by exploring proportion, rendering techniques and other skills needed to develop portraitures. Students explore a variety of drawing techniques that allow them to experiment with both line and value. Portraits may include gestural and realistic renderings.

School of Communication Arts

Graphic design: The great poster tradition
Students come face-to-face with the revolutionary concepts of poster design, as well as its history and real-life production techniques. Participants learn Photoshop image manipulation techniques, as well as methods for using InDesign for page layout and typography.

Graphic design: Creative package design
Learn about designing and identifying graphic communication for packaging structure. This workshop emphasizes use of type, symbols, and images on forms and surfaces in three dimensions. Students produce simple and complex 3-D studies. Principles of abstraction combined with packaging construction techniques serve as the basis for developing solutions.

Illustration: Pencils to pixels with digital color and effects
Students create illustrations that combine the best of both traditional and digital media. They learn the illustrative process and enter the digital realm of scanning techniques, file preparation and Photoshop drawing and painting techniques. Finished works are printed and mounted for the closing exhibition.

Sequential art: Cartoons, comics and characters
Students learn approaches to cartooning and short sequence comic strips. The importance of character brainstorming, pacing and staging is emphasized. The application and effectiveness of humor and gags in the comic strip format provide the overall theme.

School of Digital Media

Animation: Sculpting character maquettes
Participants will explore processes and techniques for quality character design including character turnarounds and basic maquette construction.

Game design

School of Liberal Arts

Writing for new media
SS’s writing workshop allows students to explore some of the biggest trends in writing today. From traditional storytelling to digital storytelling, from tech journalism to transmedia stories, participants will explore the best ways to tell a story in the 21st century.