Art Center Pasadena is inviting the public to see its 2011 Graduate Show on Saturday, December 17. That evening, the best work of graduating seniors will be on display and give visitors an insider perspective on the most important trends to look for at future art shows.
Art Center Pasadena is regularly ranked among the top ten art schools in America. Its exhibition this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show highlighted the many advantages that have made the program excel. Art Center Pasadena also announced a new Graduate Transportation Design masters degree program at the show. Art Center Pasadena undergradualtes select specific majors like design or illustration, but also interact regularly with students and faculty from other programs. The highly personalized education challenges them with demanding projects comparable to assignments awarded to the worlds leading artists and designers. Levon Shakrian, one of the exhibitors at the Los Angeles Auto Show booth, completed a special project to design an automobile for the youth of the City of Moscow. He also shared his experience on detailing with a speedboat project on display, designed and modeled by classmate George Tibor.
This collaborative approach to learning art and design has become a national trend. A large group from the California College of Art also visited the auto show and explained how critiquing sessions with classmates majoring in other art subjects helps improve the quality of their work and increase the number of different media and presentation styles that they use to complete their art projects. While art students at California College of Art and Art Center Pasadena benefit from advanced training in the latest computer software for color, 3D design and animation, they also study classical methods of drawing, sketching and painting that help them visualize final images from a fine art perspective. At California College of Art, exchanging ideas with students in other majors is essential. Some majors are so competitive that only one especially talented artist out of a dozen freshman actually gets to graduate.
While top art schools are very competitive (less than one third of applicants to Otis College of Art are admitted) promising local artists can get a head start. Art Center Pasadena offers Saturday School programs that teach art fundaments to high school students and community college students. Many of the faculty teach similar courses to freshman at Art Center Pasadena. You can see the results at the 2011 Graduate Show on Saturday, December 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hillside Campus.
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