Digital Design Studies

Marisa Vitiello is an artist, designer, and educational consultant. As an artist, she has collaborated with Degenerate Art Ensemble to make costumes for a performance of Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, commissioned by Robert Wilson. She has also been the lead artist on projects receiving grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation, and Environmental Justice Network in Action (a program of Seattle Public Utilities). As an educational consultant, she has overseen multiple local and international media collaborations for the Adobe Youth Voices program. She was the Instructional Designer for Pomegranate Center’s Fellow’s Program, making it possible to teach Urban Planners and Architects how to build gathering spaces with communities. She has designed three books for the Giraffe Heroes Project, an organization that honors people who stick their necks out for common good. She has also worked as an arts administrator, directing programs that engage public school students in creating public art works. Her focus is on civic engagement, art making, and getting good stuff done.
6:00-9:00 P.M.
Gage Georgetown
  • A sketchbook: 5 x 8 inches minimum
  • A laptop with Adobe software installed. Ideally, you will have Creative Cloud. However, I recognize that it is pricey. If you don’t have a subscription, I recommend getting a 7-day free trial subscription to Creative Cloud for the first month of the class, when we will be working with Illustrator and then subscribe to Photoshop, which is $19.99 per month, for the following 2 months. See this site for more information on plans:
    Additional supplies will vary depending on your chosen media and projects. We will discuss day 1.
    Suggested Materials:
     A variety of graphite pencils 4H, 2B, 4B, 6B
     Black markers of different line widths, my current favorite is Pigma Micron
     Sumi ink
     Bamboo brush (size 4) and hake brush (1 ½”)
     A mixable paint media (watercolor or acrylic) in primary colors + black (and white, if acrylic)
     A variety of brushes appropriate to your chosen paint
     Water container
     Palette for paint mixing
     5-10 sheets Heavy weight paper, art boards, or canvas
Use digital art tools to test visual ideas to bring back to the page. Through a series of exercises in Illustrator, Photoshop, and Adobe mobile applications, you will do design studies of your drawings and paintings altering elements like line, texture, value, and color. We will create design studies through cropping, superimposing, scaling, and isolating. The end goal is not so much to make digital art, though that may happen, but to bring discoveries back to the page. No Adobe software experience necessary.