Ink drawing. In it a woman kneels with an open laptop and points out something on it to a groundhog seated before her.

This course will take place both in “real life” (IRL) and online. Sometimes we’ll have work that can be done independently at any time (asynchronously) and sometimes we’ll have meetings that require us to assemble at the same time (synchronously) either in “meat space” or online. Our designated course time is 2-3:30 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays. Although we will not have synchronous meetings every week, please keep that time slot open. We will have round-table discussions and talks from “visiting” artists scheduled during that time.

As with other studio courses, you are expected to do work “outside of class.” In this case, that might mean watching a demo tutorial video and doing the exercises it recommends before you get to the homework drawings or readings. Please plan to spend a minimum of 4 hours a week “outside of class” on this work. You can think of this format as modeling what it might be like to make work for an art director in another city, with whom you only communicate via email, skype, and other digital platforms.

This course will run more like a seminar than a lower-level studio course. By that I mean that you will have assigned readings, videos, and work to do, but—especially after our first assignment—you will be expected to work largely independently. Class time will be reserved discussing work and giving feedback. For some of you, this will feel LIBERATING! Others of you may find you miss the additional contact and instruction. If you find yourself in the second camp: please reach out to me! I am available for individual feedback and guidance. Want to know how to do a particular Photoshop technique? Let me know and we can set up a meeting to work on it. Curious about using monotypes in your illustration? Again, contact me and we can work on it together, in person.

This is one of the exciting differences of this class, as opposed to a strictly online course: we can get together to reinforce and bolster the work we do online. BUT YOU MUST INITIATE CONTACT. Please do. It is quite literally my job (and my pleasure) to help you with this work, but I will not know what you need unless you tell me. As Deanna Donegan says, in an interview you’ll read later, “there is no such thing as over communication.”