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Continuing Education at PAFA

Pre-College: Illustration: The Art of the Concert Poster, DR 710MI

with James Heimer


Explore illustration as a counterpart to music through the art of the concert poster. Students will experiment with a variety of hands-on methods to develop imagery that interprets the lyrical content of their favorite artists. Spontaneous and stream of consciousness drawing and lettering exercises will be employed to invent narratives from instrumental music. The history of the concert poster will provide context and serve as inspiration for the students own projects.

The course will utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and includes demonstrations, lectures, and assignments. Daily group discussions and individual critiques will be conducted via Zoom.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will gain an understanding of communication through pictorial means.
  • Students will express abstract concepts through pictorial symbols.
  • Students will present preliminary work that clearly communicates their objectives.
  • Students will balance lettering and imagery.
  • Students will demonstrate the use of critical thinking, creativity, and a personal voice.

Students have the option of taking this class for 1.0 college credit or no credit. The only difference in experience is that "for-credit" students will receive a grade for their work.

Scholarships are available by application: Please apply for scholarship and get decision BEFORE registering. Scholarship policies here:

International students are welcome! However, the registration process is different to support international payment systems. Please reach out to to register as an international student.

  • Session 1: Jul 19 - 23rd, 2021
    Mon - Fri for 1 week from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Online Class

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