The Painting Studio covers three essential elements of the artistic process. Through practice and study, students become perceptive observers. Through observational drawing and problem solving students develop new strategies to interpret their observations. This involves both rendering, and the development of more conceptual approaches to seeing the world. Research, proposals, and critiques are an important part of understanding the language of painting and the artistic process. As dedicated painters students spend most of their time in studio, where the practice of the artist becomes evident.
The Painting studio is led by highly skilled artist and PNCA Alumni Benny Fountain.
PNCA alumnus Benny Fountain. The recipient of a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship that covered all his graduate school expenses, from tuition to travel to art supplies, for his year-long study in Rome and he earned his MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Benny currently teaches at Art Institute and in PNCA’s BFA and Continuing Education Program’s.
Design + Illustration
This studio explores two distinct, but interrelated areas, graphic design and illustration. DESIGN/ learn an understanding of page layout and a review of basic composition as it relates to the discipline of graphic design – leading the viewers eye, making a point or giving straight information; how to work with photography and illustration; the importance of good writing and the understanding of typography with an emphasis on hand lettering and the power it has on a design piece. We will look at different types of projects you might encounter as a designer, the art of presentation and the stages of project development. Finally, we will cover how to make unique, stand out from the crowd, design work. This course will be very hands on and practical and will give you clear examples how this discipline of illustration and design works.
ILLUSTRATION/ this portion of Design+illustration in the Pre-College Summer Studio program provides an introduction to the verbal/visual relationship of the illustrator’s creative process. Students will gain an understanding how illustration works and how it relates to the contemporary marketplace and the key practitioners of the art form. Self-expression and experimentation are placed within the context of illuminating information through pictures and symbols.
Through hands-on experience and study with experienced faculty, you will gain solid, working knowledge of the principles of design and illustration.
Kurt Hollomon, Design + Illustration, has more then 20 years of experience in the commercial art world as a directer and a designer. Today he enjoys life as a freelance designer and instructor of Illustration and Drawing with PNCA’s BFA Program.