GRAPHIC DESIGN: A LETTER NEVER STANDS ALONE
12 sessions >> Thursdays, February 2-April 27
No session on March 23 due to spring break
6:30-9:30 pm, DMS2, $530
Learn the basics of how to use digital image software like Photoshop, vector-based Illustrator and InDesign for brochure/book layouts by exploring your creativity through personal projects that simultaneously broaden your perception of visual communication. This introductory course will cover vector-based image creation, image processing in photoshop, poster design, grid-layout and design principles such as Gestalt theory. In-class assignments will consist of hands-on and experimental approaches to question and broaden our perceptions as image producers and consumers.
Born and raised behind the iron curtain and growing up in Western Germany, Elisabeth Ajtay is a conceptual artist primarily working in photography. Her work reflects and questions western culture on a psychological level with themes related to advertising, the psychological impacts of technology and the notion of home. Her multi-facetted practice is a reflection on her translation from growing up in, and, constantly moving between two different systems.
Ajtay's work is in numerous private collections. She has exhibited throughout Europe and in the US, including inSPIRACJE and Art Moves Festival in Poland, Goethe Institutes in Morocco, Prague, New York and France. Museum shows include the MKK -Museum for Art and Cultural History Dortmund, Germany and Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, Texas. The Ministry of Education and Training of Northrhine-Westphalia is working with her series “Zuhause/At Home” for educational purposes, encouraging dicsussions about the notion of belonging and nationality.
She has received a honorable mention with PX3-Prix de la Photographie Paris, France and as been nominated a semi-finalist at the Photofestival Groningen, Netherlands and the Immigration/Emmigration Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM. Most recently she was included into the Prequalified Artist Pool by the San Francisco Arts Commission and awarded a residency at the 3rd Street Studios Program through the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2016, she has exhibited with Alter Space, RAYKO and Savernack Street in San Francisco, CA. Ajtay received a diploma in communications design from the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, CA.
Image courtesy of Elisabeth Ajtay
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What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?
Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.
What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?
All classes meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.
SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7 pm.
SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.
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