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Intro to (Analog) Graphic Design: Japanese Design, Contemporary Collage, and More

While looking at the work of Japanese graphic designers past and present for inspiration, students will explore the principles of design  through traditional collage methods to create dynamic and playful original pieces. This hands-on process of cutting, reordering, and composing elements is an analog approach to design. We will look at the colorful poster work of Japanese graphic design pioneers as well as more contemporary collage/design examples by both Japanese and non-Japanese artists. Students will also look into logos and fonts, and finally create a final design project showcasing their unique artistic styles.

Class 1-  Discuss the principles of design (Contrast, Emphasis, Pattern, Repetition, Movement, Space , Balance) and create  collage pieces  exploring these principles. Discuss elements of Japanese aesthetics as inspiration for creating small compositions.

Class 2-  Review Japanese symbols and crests from the past, as well as contemporary logo designs, and create circular graphic logos. Compare examples of fonts and handwriting used in designs to inform our own lettering styles.

Class 3- Create one final design piece – a poster, an album cover, a book cover to showcase our artistic styles.

Tuition includes art supplies. Curbside pickup  of art kits at Kala or art kits shipped to you for an additional fee. Additional fees depend on location and the lead-time before the session begins. Please  visit  Kala’s Curbside Pickup and Shipping Info.

Schedule: Saturdays, 1-3pm (2hrs)
Session Dates: December 5, 12, 19

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Tuition $180  

Member Price $162

Grades 7-12 

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  • Tuition: $180
  • Location: Online
  • Instructor: Erina Davidson
  • 3 Classes
  • Saturday, December 5, 2020 — December 19, 2020
  • 1:00 PM — 3:00 PM PDT
  • Materials fee included with tuition

About the Instructor:

Erin Davidson is a printmaker and teaching artist at  Kala’s Artists-In-Schools program, Saturday Teen Studio, and the After School Studio Program. She received her BFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013, where she was an undergraduate teaching assistant with a focus on intaglio and screenprinting. She was previously a printmaker in residence at Second State Press in Philadelphia, PA and has made work at the Dirt Palace in Providence, RI where she contributed a window installation in 2015. In addition to being a part of the youth art programs, she is also currently a studio assistant in Kala’s print studio.