Teaching Surface Pattern Design at Art Center
Last week I had the pleasure of teaching a week-long surface design workshop to 16 design students from Mexico’s UDEM school at Art Center College of Design’s South Campus in Pasadena, CA. Teaching a week-long course is new for me and I found it really rewarding and a great opportunity to push myself and my skillset. I worried my lack of Spanish would be an issue (they spoke English luckily) so I made an effort to speak clearly, explain things visually and show steps more than once. I could see from their projects that my teaching was a success! They delivered!
We started the week off with an intro to surface pattern design, educating them on the industry and surface design as a profession. Next I taught how to make repeat designs in Illustrator, then had them make mood boards, sketch and develop their collection. Finally they were asked to make product mock-ups and put their collection into a portfolio page to present on Friday. They were real quick learners, did some INCREDIBLE work and made me honored to be a part of their creative education. I have taught in the past several times but this was by far my favorite experience. In fact, I will be teaching surface pattern design again in the fall semester in the Art Center at Night program. So looking forward to doing this again in a longer format this fall! See their amazing work below.