Cogswell College has amazing faculty who bring a wealth of experience and talent to the classroom but students are also an important source of learning and feedback. The majority of our faculty conducts critiquing sessions throughout the term.
Here’s a peek inside a critiquing session in our Illustration I class.
Under faculty member, Thomas Applegate, the Illustration class teaches students how to apply advanced color theory, rendering (the development of graphic work from concept to finished state), composition and narrative through the design and stylization of the work. Students also explore the goals of the project they are working so they learn to tell the appropriate story.
In our Digital Art and Animation bachelor degree program, Illustration is a core class for Entertainment Design majors and an elective for Animation and 3D Modeling majors.
Current students in our Illustration classes are using their skills to create book covers for an interactive publishing company, comics and the visual design for game and animation projects of other students.
The first half of the class deals with color theory. Students are expected to complete a constant series of color exercises to develop skills in interpreting concepts through the use of color. The second half of the class consists of one or two week project pieces that focus on narrative development.
The projects being critiqued in the photo was a two week project. The goal of this exercise was to advance a narrative idea within the project using character and setting while also making a color statement.
Quotes from students and faculty:
Won Ho: “You get to see everyone’s final product, what they thought about their work and why they made the decisions they did as they developed the piece.”
Faculty, Thomas Applegate: “You can’t get away with saying, ‘it was nice.’ Students have to say why it was nice and what they liked and didn’t like about the way the painter interpreted the goal.”
Rosalie Wynne: “I like to see the artwork from other people’s point of view.
Davain Martinez: “You get clear and unbiased feedback. Students don’t hold back when it comes to art and will tell you exactly what they think.”
Aston Majors: “It’s helpful to find out what other people think your strong and weak points are so you can keep improving.”