Lisa French

Associate Professor

Phone: 617-557-1542
Office: Sawyer Building, 10th floor - room 1045


MFA, Interdisciplinary Art, Goddard College
BFA, Illustration, California State University, Long Beach

Courses Taught at the School of Art & Design

Traditional Techniques, History of Illustration, Illustration I, Illustration II, Studio Project, Collaboration, Illustration Internship

Teaching Philosophy

In illustration, I value exciting use of metaphor and iconography, concepts that are expressed through form (composition and technique), and narrative that is supported by effective staging and atmosphere. These are aspects of art that result from careful, deliberative consideration. I encourage students to think. I emphasize the value of fundamental principles, effective self-directed process and informed experimentation and practice. If a student shows interest, enthusiasm, integrity, and effort, I believe they're likely to find the patience and persistence that will inevitably lead to significant artistic development.

Recent Professional Highlights

  • 2012: Illustrators Who Teach Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY 
  • 2011: New England Open Exhibition, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
  • 2011: 20in11, invitational exhibition, Woodward Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2011: Off the Wall Juried Exhibition, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
  • 2008: Icons: 50 Years of Illustration, selected for inclusion in compendium, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY  

Professional Affiliations

Member, Society of Illustrators
Member, Graphic Artists Guild