Chris Anderson’s Profile

Faculty
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Chris Anderson
Title
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department
Communication Design
Office Location
Namm 1112
Academic interests

Drawing, Design, Illustration, Typography

Bio

Born in California, Chris Anderson studied visual art at Scripps College (BA) and the Claremont Graduate University (MFA) with additional work at Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy, and the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York.

Ms. Anderson addresses in her work not only the themes of American cultural traditions and life in the contemporary home and neighborhood, but also the problems of physical and spiritual homelessness in a changing rural and suburban landscape. Her paintings, which have been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, are held in over fifty public and corporate collections. Images of her work may be viewed on her website at ChrisAndersonArt.com.

The artist has received numerous grants and fellowships for her work—including visual arts awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, Artists Space, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Fieldstead Company, and the Council for Academic Exchange of Scholars and German Fulbright Commission, during which time she represented America as the only visual artist in over one hundred academic grantees, and, in the following year, as an Honorary Fulbright Senior Scholar Awardee.

Ms. Anderson has worked as an artist-in-residence in America at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; in Germany with the Oberpfällz Art Center in Bavaria, the Tenth International Art Forum at Eichhofen Palace, and the German Castles Association at Marksburg Castle; in Scotland with The Wayfarer’s Trust at Freswick Castle; and in Austria with the Federal Chancellery of Art and Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in Vienna.

In addition to lecturing extensively, Ms. Anderson has taught at Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute of Art, Skidmore College, Regent College in Vancouver, The University of Maryland, Gordon College in Orvieto, Italy, and the Berlin University of the Arts in Germany. She currently teaches Foundation Drawing for the Department of Art, Advertising & Graphic Arts at NYCCT.

Work Phone
646-528-6933

My Courses

COMD 1103 Foundation Drawing, D120, FA2017

COMD 1103 Foundation Drawing, D120, FA2017

This is an introductory course designed to explore the basic tools, techniques and principles of drawing. Students will develop an understanding of the five basic perceptual skills of drawing: The Perception of Edges, The Perception of Spaces, The Perception of Relationships, The Perception of Light and Shadow, and The Perception of the Whole Form. This will be continued with an-depth study of classical drawing principles critical to achieving realism in drawing. Concepts such as Composition, Proportion and Perspective will be covered. Students will learn to further render forms through analysis of light and shadow and by utilizing the 5-value system.

COMD 1103 Figure Drawing, D162, FA2017

COMD 1103 Figure Drawing, D162, FA2017

This advanced drawing course develops visual awareness of the human figure. Students will develop an understanding of the basic forms of the human body, how those forms are connected and move, and how to draw those forms proportionally. Students will also consider how the human form relates to the world around it, developing a clear understanding of how to create a composition containing proportional figures within a space according to perspective. Sensitivity to line, volume, light and shade is explored. Communication designers use the concepts developed in this course in disciplines such as advertising, graphic design, illustration, broadcast design, animation and photography.

Graphic Design Principles I

Graphic Design Principles I

This foundational design and color course introduces students to graphic communication from idea to final execution. Coordinator Jenna Spevak, whose inspiration has influenced the primary direction of this course description, writes: “Through hands-on experiments, collaborative learning, and individual projects, students learn the language and process of design thinking and gain a solid foundation in design principles and practices that will be used throughout their career.” Professor Spevak explains that the study of graphic elements and principles is designed to encourage students to develop a strong creative design process, sensitivity to the nature of graphic relationships within a given framework, an expanded design vocabulary, and improved skills in verbalizing communication concepts. The variety of projects is designed to give students the opportunity to apply creative solutions to problems of abstract, conceptual, expressive, and applied natures. One-on-one help is provided through demonstrations, individual and group critiques, and discussion. Students explore the dynamics of figure/ground relationships, open-form and closed-form composition, value and shading, line and tone, space and volume, rhythm and balance, pattern and texture, and color, among other principal design elements. Through a number of projects integrated with problems in color, students are encouraged to explore the characteristics, physical properties and psychological effects of color in relation to visual expression and practical graphic application. Communication designers use the important concepts explored in this course in disciplines such as advertising, graphic design, web design, illustration, broadcast design, photography, and game design.

COMD1100_D108 – Graphic Design Principles 1

COMD1100_D108 – Graphic Design Principles 1

This basic design and color theory course explores graphic communication through the understanding of the elements and principles of design, as well as the design process, including idea development through final execution. Students develop basic skills in two- dimensional design, color and content creation while employing the design process of research, sketching and experimentation. Communication designers use the concepts explored in this course in disciplines such as advertising, graphic design, web design, illustration, broadcast design, photography, and game design. (Photo: Walter-Wilhelm)

Anderson ADV1103 Sp 2014 2pm

Anderson ADV1103 Sp 2014 2pm

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The COMD Pedagogy Project

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