SF Bay Area

    Krishnapriya Dutta Gupta Featured on Adobe Creative Cloud's 'Live Graphic Design' Series

    On March 20-22, Adobe Creative Cloud featured Academy of Art University School of Graphic Design (GR) M.F.A. student Krishnapriya (KP) Dutta Gupta on their Behance and YouTube streamed series, Live Graphic Design. Senior Content Creator for Adobe Paul Trani hosts the series, which brings designers and artists into the Adobe studio to create new work and tinker on past projects across three two-hour episodes.

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    Special Class Introduces Chinese Students to Art Education's "Three C's"

    School of Art Education’s Marybeth Tereszkiewicz leads a day of fun and imagination-boosting creativity


    Academy of Art University’s Art Education Director Marybeth Tereszkiewicz and Academy grad student Angie Chi during a special Saturday class held for a group of young students visiting from China. Photo by Dorothy O’Donnell.

    On an otherwise quiet Saturday morning at 180 New Montgomery, laughter and pop music filled Room 200. A group of young students visiting the U.S. from China gathered around a long white table heaped with colorful art supplies for a special class taught by Marybeth Tereszkiewicz, director of Academy of Art University’s School of Art Education (ARE). Zheng Qinyan, who runs the children’s art education program at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, accompanied the students.

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    "The Study of Faces"

    WNM instructor Hamilton Cline’s unique BART commuter portraits will be showcased in new book    


    Home to one of the most heavily trafficked public transportation systems in the country, San Francisco makes for an interesting commute, and Hamilton Cline captures it almost every day. On his way to work as an instructor for the School of Web Design & New Media (WNM) at Academy of Art University, Cline continues an artistic journey he’s been on for almost two years.  

    Every morning, Monday through Friday, he takes a seat on Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), chooses a fellow commuter across the way and whips out his Samsung Note 3 to create a portrait illustration, adding to his archive that is now in the thousands. But for Cline, it’s about one thing and one thing only: Practice.

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    Chronicle Books Panel Discuss Value & Quality of Design


    A recent panel, featuring guests from Chronicle Books, visited the School of Graphic Design at Academy of Art University. Photo by Bob Toy.

    On Wednesday, March 7, the School of Graphic Design hosted a panel from San Francisco’s historic publishing house Chronicle Books at 79 New Montgomery for students to sit in, learn and get answers for a few burning questions. The panel consisted of Studio Manager Victoria Chao and designers Allison Weiner, Alice Seiler and Academy of Art University alumna Kayla Ferriera.

    The panel spent over an hour discussing the history of the company (it was founded in 1967 during the Summer of Love in San Francisco), what it’s like to work at Chronicle, details of the yearlong Fellowship Program and some choice pieces of advice for assembling a publishing industry ready portfolio.

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    Breaking Into the Creative Industry

    Blue Sky Studios visits the Academy to with tales of career development and inspiring work


    On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Career Services brought Academy of Art University alumnus and veteran animator Sang Jun Lee and production supervisor Christine Holmes of Blue Sky Studios to the 79 New Montgomery Theatre. The presentation consisted of a quick introduction from Holmes as to what to expect from the studio’s office (from feature film-inspired desk decorations to company field trips to the museum) followed by a presentation from Lee about his time at the Academy, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and his 13-year tenure as a character designer at Blue Sky Studios.

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    'Foodiecats' Featured at Oakland Festival

    Short film series produced by Academy students selected for Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival


    The Foodiecats. Image courtesy of Gil Banducci.

    Felinomorphized foods took to the silver screen to the delight of children and families at the Chabot Space & Science Center, an interactive children’s museum, on Saturday, Feb. 3, for the 10th annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival (BAICFF). The program in question, Foodiecats, is an Academy of Art University original short film series which was selected for showing at the festival against nearly 2,000 other submissions.

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