Illustration by Shi Shi Jacobs
Illustration crosses all boundaries in materials and messaging: The common unifier is the identifiable style and voice of the artist. In this class students learn how to create a compelling narrative from their own story, identity and viewpoint. Lectures and research emphasize historical and contemporary artists, as well as process and creative practice. Students develop effective concepts, characters and narrative through a variety of materials such as graphite, pen and ink, collage and painting. Genres of communication such as social commentary and fiction are investigated to further develop personal areas of interest, process and style. In this course, expressive solutions to visual problems are emphasized through a rigorous sketchbook practice and the development of final concepts.
In this intensive course and Visual + Critical Language, students should expect to spend a combined minimum of 20 hours per week engaging in coursework across both courses. Students should plan their schedule accordingly to keep up with class.
In conjunction with your Featured Topics course(s), you are also required to enroll in Visual + Critical Language. When you register for this Featured Topics course, you will also be charged for the tuition of Visual + Critical Language. You will see this enrollment reflected in your Student Portal before the start date of the course. Visual + Critical Language will meet live two times: during the first and final live sessions of your Featured Topics course.
PrerequisitesThis course is part of RISD's Advanced Program for High School Students, a collegiate-level program for students ages 15–18 in grades 10–12.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Advanced Program for High School Students : Featured Topic: Illustration and Identity and Visual + Critical Language