Illustrator for textile design I

Course Dates: 19/11/20 - 17/12/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online

Practise basic drawing using Adobe Illustrator tools to turn simple lines, shapes and colours into design elements for textile design. Learn vector-based skills using digital software developing ideas. Turn simple lines, shapes and colours into design elements for textile design. Suitable for beginners although basic computer skills are required.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This course is a short introduction to understanding the creative potential of Adobe Illustrator in textile design. While learning digital drawing skills we explore shape, and experiment with colour to compose elements ideal for creating motifs and pattern.
This course is also perfect for students, artists and designers who already have ideas and designs on paper but do not have the technical knowledge to transform them into digital files.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Understand the potential for Adobe Illustrator for textile design
- Using navigation and toolbar
- Creating shapes
- Using the Pen tool understanding stroke and fill
- Using Shape Builder and Pathfinder tool to combine and divide
- Creating and exporting Artboards
- Understand how to create a motif using design elements
- Pattern swatches
- Understanding textile patterns.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Produce and save a range of digital artwork for future development
- Use various tools to create basic shapes and transform shapes
- Use the pen tool to create and manipulate curves.
- Apply pattern and colour to work
- Print off any artwork onto digital paper.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introduction to Illustrator for beginners but experience in using Apple Mac computers is helpful. You should be able to use the mouse and keyboard.
Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts for textile design.
This course is also perfect for students, artists and designers who already have ideas and designs on paper but do not have the technical knowledge to transform them into digital files.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught using a range of techniques including, short presentations, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and handouts. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
You may be set some homework to do between the classes to develop your designs and drawings.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need to bring a USB memory stick to save your work on and take home. A, suggested size is 16GB USB memory stick although bigger is helpful for storing files. Then you can develop your body of work anywhere. Bring your ideas and inspiration, sketchbook or photos you will draw and design from. Ideally on the USB or on your phone.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

VW301 Illustrator for textile design II
VW116 Laser cut a leather bangle
VW151 Introduction to 3D Printing using Rhino.

Tutor Biographies
Kirsty Kirkpatrick

Kirsty Kirkpatrick is a designer-maker whose innovative, pattern-based designs have appeared at Berlin Fashion Week, The British Council, Tate Modern and Royal Academy of Arts. Her work puts social responsibility and ethical thinking at its heart, and has featured in, amongst others, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Observer. Kirsty studied Constructed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art & Design, Dundee, and is an alum of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. She has spoken at the London Design Festival and internationally for WGSN on design development trends and insight for the fashion and interiors industry. Kirsty merges the old with new, specialising in process; applying digital and new technologies with traditional hand making. She teaches textile design using Photoshop and Illustrator and, laser cutting. Her experience of teaching adults is wide ranging from lecturing to delivering workshops, and she has a passion for using her expertise to help others develop their skills, achieve their potential and transform their lives. Her approach is highly supportive, collaborative and hands on. Expect to experiment...and to have fun.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VW300

Thu, eve, 19 Nov - 17 Dec '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £249.00
Concession: £125.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

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