At Pixel, students can create unique multimedia pieces with a mix of digital and traditional art tools.
Here are some techniques that we use to guide our students during the creative process:
Create An Effective Composition
The creative process often begins with an exploration of compositional elements. At Pixel we teach our students about the importance of creating a balanced composition using visual art and design principles such as the rule of thirds, symmetrical and asymmetrical balance, just to name a few. Students are also encouraged to bring their own objects to our studio so that they can practice developing compositional skills, receive feedback and accept ownership for the work.
Apply Dramatic Lighting
We then teach about the importance of using lighting to create an interesting, dramatic focal point and we encourage students to use our studio equipment to explore different light enhancement and adjustment techniques.
Once students are satisfied with their choice of lighting and composition, we practice observation so that they can learn to see details and understand relationships between different visual elements.
Use Guides As Reference
Students then learn about the advantage of applying visual guides as forms of reference in the drawing process. We often use guides to understand proportion and to establish an accurate underlying initial sketch.
Explore Different Media
Students have choices when it comes to refining and developing their work. They can use traditional pencil sketching or digital tools. Our studio is equipped with digital tablets which we use to teach Adobe Photoshop and other creative illustration applications. Alternatively, if students have a preference for other digital software applications, they can bring their own digital devices to our studio. During the creative process we also try to encourage students to keep a record of their process work and to photograph their composition so that they can continue to develop their work from other locations at their leisure.