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Fall 2020 Continuing Ed Courses Are Open! Risograph, Zines, Comedy & More.

Illustrayion of comedian on stage with audience laughing

Interrupting Expectations: Comedy in Storytelling

Faculty: Robert Walles, Writer, producer

Ever wonder what makes funny funny? Why some people are effortlessly hilarious while others aren’t? Comedy can be misconstrued as a mystical, “you either have it or you don’t” format. But humor, joke-writing-whatever you want to call it-is also a mechanical, knowable set of tools with which storytellers should arm themselves. Interrupting Expectations is intended for students of film/video, animation, comics, theater, video games/VR, site-specific art, time-based art, or anyone interested in using comedy to create compelling visual narratives. Lectures and exercises focus on demystifying comedy in all its forms-as a genre, as an art form and as an element in storytelling. Students will explore how to break down jokes mechanically and unpack content in order to better, and more consciously, create comedy of their own.

NOTE: This course is fully online and offered through synchronous sessions during the listed course hours.

Risograph print by Pan Terzis

RisoLAB Remote Series: Intro to Riso Print Design

Faculty: Panayiotis Terzis, RisoLAB manager, School of Visual Arts; owner, Mega Press

Through online lectures and slide presentations, students will receive technical training in print design for the Risograph process. Feedback and guidance will be given through group and individual critiques. An overview of Risograph printing and its range of printing techniques, as well as examples of Risograph and printmaking-based work will be included. Each student will generate a portfolio of various Risograph projects in the form of print editions, zines, cards, promotional fliers, and other printed matter that will be formatted for printing at a future date.

After completing this course, students will be eligible to register for a special three-day on-site print training boot camp scheduled to run, conditions permitting, in the spring 2021 semester at the SVA RisoLAB. The boot camp will be offered for a separate fee, and will allow students to use the facilities for the remainder of the semester to print their projects.

NOTE: All students with an active registration in this online course will be given free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This course is fully online and offered through a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous lectures and discussions. Students are invited to attend regularly scheduled online sessions during the listed course hours.

Risograph print of a plate of fruit

RisoLAB Remote Series: Intro to Riso Print Design

Faculty: Panayiotis Terzis, RisoLAB manager, School of Visual Arts; owner, Mega Press

Through online lectures and slide presentations, students will receive technical training in print design for the Risograph process. Feedback and guidance will be given through group and individual critiques. An overview of Risograph printing and its range of printing techniques, as well as examples of Risograph and printmaking-based work will be included. Each student will generate a portfolio of various Risograph projects in the form of print editions, zines, cards, promotional fliers, and other printed matter that will be formatted for printing at a future date.

After completing this course, students will be eligible to register for a special three-day on-site print training boot camp scheduled to run, conditions permitting, in the spring 2021 semester at the SVA RisoLAB. The boot camp will be offered for a separate fee, and will allow students to use the facilities for the remainder of the semester to print their projects.

NOTE: All students with an active registration in this online course will be given free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This course is fully online and offered through a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous lectures and discussions. Students are invited to attend regularly scheduled online sessions during the listed course hours.

Blue and pink illustration of various people and one robot working in a room with risograph printers and a large table.

RisoLAB Remote Series: Mini Comics

Faculty: Wren McDonald, Illustrator, cartoonist

The goal of this course is to create narrative-based minicomics, formatted for Risograph, to be printed at a future time. Students will experiment with writing and drawing short comics, and explore the process of Risograph printing and zine assembly. We will analyze comics not only through written and drawn techniques, but also through color, physicality and printing technique. This course is for students who are interested in creating comics, as well as producing thoughtful, tangible art objects. Students will complete a mini-comic, formatted for Risograph printing.

After completing this course, students will be eligible to register for a special three-day on-site print training boot camp scheduled to run, conditions permitting, in the spring 2021 semester at the SVA RisoLAB. The boot camp will be offered for a separate fee, and will allow students to use the facilities for the remainder of the semester to print their projects.

NOTE: All students with an active registration in this online course will be given free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This course is fully online and offered through synchronous sessions during the listed course hours.

Blue and orange riso pages of a collaged seascape.

RisoLAB Remote Series: Zines and Small Publishing

Faculty: Panayiotis Terzis, RisoLAB manager, School of Visual Arts; owner, Mega Press

How to use Risograph effectively as a tool for self-publishing is the focus of this course. Students will be guided through the process of designing and preparing artwork in digital formats that will be ready to print at a later date. After a comprehensive introduction to the Risograph medium, we will explore color, form, layout and pagination, and how to communicate ideas in book form. Assignments will act as conceptual sparks for exploring new directions. Students will prepare print files for several print and zine editions, and receive feedback on their work in group and individual critiques. Inaddi tion to technical instruction, examples of Riso-based publications from across the small publishing underground will be viewed and discussed, and we will trace the history of the zine and self-publishing impulse from Thomas Paine to the printmaking revival of the 2000s. Students will discover that producing a simple pamphlet in an edition can be an empowering act. After completing this course, students will be eligible to register for a special three-day on-site print training boot camp scheduled to run, conditions permitting, in the spring 2021 semester at the SVA RisoLAB. The boot camp will be offered for a separate fee, and will allow students to use the facilities for the remainder of the semester to print their projects.

NOTE: All students with an active registration in this online course will be given free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This course is fully online and offered through a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous lectures and discussions. Students are invited to attend regularly scheduled online sessions during the listed course hours.

Riso print palm trees by Pan Terzis

RisoLAB Remote Series: Zines and Small Publishing

Faculty: Panayiotis Terzis, RisoLAB manager, School of Visual Arts; owner, Mega Press
How to use Risograph effectively as a tool for self-publishing is the focus of this course. Students will be guided through the process of designing and preparing artwork in digital formats that will be ready to print at a later date. After a comprehensive introduction to the Risograph medium, we will explore color, form, layout and pagination, and how to communicate ideas in book form. Assignments will act as conceptual sparks for exploring new directions. Students will prepare print files for several print and zine editions, and receive feedback on their work in group and individual critiques. In addition to technical instruction, examples of Riso-based publications from across the small publishing underground will be viewed and discussed, and we will trace the history of the zine and self-publishing impulse from Thomas Paine to the printmaking revival of the 2000s. Students will discover that producing a simple pamphlet in an edition can be an empowering act.
After completing this course, students will be eligible to register for a special three-day on-site print training boot camp scheduled to run, conditions permitting, in the spring 2021 semester at the SVA RisoLAB. The boot camp will be offered for a separate fee, and will allow students to use the facilities for the remainder of the semester to print their projects.
NOTE: All students with an active registration in this online course will be given free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This course is fully online and offered through a combination of synchronous as well as asynchronous lectures and discussions. Students are invited to attend regularly scheduled online sessions during the listed course hours.