John Clapp

John Clapp



Phone:(408) 924-4244

Office: ART 219

Favorite Books:
Dune (Frank Herbert)
Shogun (James Clavell)
Moby Dick (Hermann Melville)
Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry)
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
The Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

Favorite Movies:
The Shawshank Redemption
The Hudsucker Proxy
Groundhog Day
LA Confidential
As Good As It Gets
American Beauty
Big Fish
The English Patient

Professor John Clapp was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally, what sparked his interest in art was comic strips, comic books, and cartooning in general. He majored in illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Several years later, he received a Master's Degree in Illustration from Syracuse University. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree, Professor Clapp moved back to the Bay Area and began freelancing as an illustrator. Eventually, he began to find work in the publishing world, first doing book jackets and later writing and illustrating children's books. Four months after graduating from Art Center, he was hired to teach Figure Drawing and Perspective at The Academy of Art in San Francisco. A year later, he began teaching at San José State University to teach Illustration.