The art in the main exhibition area is indicative of the time of year
it is. The walls are graced with creativity, skill, sweat, time, years of
study and all the hard work that the students have put in to get to this
point. The senior exhibit is one of the final projects for the Art
Institute of Southern California graduates. The walls elucidate a picture
Forty-three graduates will be moving the tassel from the left to the
right of their mortarboard. This year boasts the biggest graduating class
to date. The big day is Saturday.
The exhibit encapsulates the 122 units the graduates mastered within
the four majors offered: graphic design, illustration, animation and
drawing and painting.
“Graphic design is a very complex medium. The students get familiar
with about 20 different software programs,” said Alan Barkley AISC
Barkley explained that a student’s major is a combination of mediums
they are taught throughout their education at the institute.
Increasing technology has had its effect on art education with the use
of computers and sophisticated software. In the last five years, the
school has increased the number of computers from 22 to 85 and from two
labs to six.
“The student’s challenge is not just to master the programs but to
make their vision come to life through the use of software,” Barkley
Barkley pointed out that the classroom has become more like a lab with
computers. There isn’t really any activity of graphic design outside the
computer. Feature animation will see its first five graduates since its
inception as a major at the art institute in 1999.
It’s the first new major they’ve added in about 12 years. Kim Dwinell
one of the feature animation faculty has been reviewing the short films
the students are required to produce as a final project.
The process is complex. The students work frame by frame, and through
the computer they can see each clip, how it is working with movement and
see whether the timing is right or if its too fast or slow.
“Software now allows you to do clean up to finish, color, sync sound
and synchronize sound with the drawings,” explained Dwinell.
Lisa Waggoner, who is part of this year’s graduating class, has been
well rewarded for what she has learned. Film Roman, the company that
produces the TV series, “The Simpson’s,” “King of the Hill” and “X-Men,”
has just hired her. Lisa started there as an intern this semester and now
has a permanent position.
“I started in the production department of “King of the Hill” and
moved to the color department of “The Simpson’s.” My goals and career
dreams were coming true,” said Waggoner.
Angela Cunningham is another 2002 graduate with a major in drawing and
painting. Cunningham has been selected to be part of a prestigious
exhibition at Morseburg Galleries in Santa Monica.
Jason Kapodylowski has been awarded a $15,000 commission from the city
to create an artists’ bench. His design was selected out of a pool of
area artists. The installation is planned for the fall.
In the back of the institute, there is a mural recently painted by
students. They decided while doing it to make it of themselves painting
the mural. The mural shows the faces of talented artists, students and
graduates -- perhaps projecting into the future.
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot.
She may be reached at 494-4321.