Winter Workshops

Workshop


What Does It Take to Get Accepted? How to Make a Winning Art Portfolio Series for Animation & Illustration and Design Portfolios like Architecture, Interior, Industrial and Graphic Design.

Monthly Mentor Meet Up for Animation and Illustration

Instructor: Animation and Character Design Instructor Garth Laidlaw

Price: $67.50 ea or $200 for all 4

Meet Up 1: Sat Nov 18 2-5 pm Instructor: Garth Laidlaw Char-acter Design Input, Short Animation
Meet Up 2: Sat Dec 16 2-5pm Instructor: Anthony Di Giovanni Flag Ship Scene for Portfolio, input on new pieces, Artist Choice Pieces
Meet Up 3: Sat Jan Early Jan 13 2-5pm Instructor; Garth Laidlaw, Character Expression, Story Boarding
Meet Up 4: Sat Feb 17 2-5pm Instructor; Karen Kesteloot, Hands, Figures, Perspectives

Description: Meet Ups are casual gatherings to give input to animation and illustration students as they develop your portfolio. We meet once per month until the portfolios are due for 3 hours on Saturday afternoons 2 til 5pm. The lessons at Necessary Arts and on-line for students who cannot attend in person using video conferencing. Bring your progress drawings and get direct input on how effective they are and how to improve them further.. Participate in lessons that focus on key elements of the portfolio and support each other in achieving your goal and keep your motivation up. We start by looking at the drawings everyone has been working on. In the first hour a short lesson is given based on student work. In the second hour a lesson on the following topics: character design Input, short animation, flag ship scene for portfolio, input on new pieces, artist choice pieces, character expression, story boarding, hands, figures, and perspectives.

What Does It Take to Get Accepted? How to Make a Winning Art Portfolio Animation & Illustration Portfolios

Instructor: Karen Kesteloot, head portfolio coach and fundamentals instructor

Date: Sun Dec 3, 12 to 1:30pm for students and their parents
Price: $45

Description: Do you dream of going to a top ranked animation or illustration program? Are you worried about the stringent portfolio re-quirements or unsure what the schools are expecting exactly? Come to this workshop to learn what you need to include, get a realistic idea of the skill level required, and learn how to devel-op your ideas, portfolio pieces, characters and artworks to the high level of creativity the top programs are looking for in suc-cessful applicants. See examples of student portfolios that made the cut. Get all your questions answered at a Q & A session

What Does It Take to Get Accepted? How to Make a Winning Art Portfolio Design Portfolios: Architecture, Interior, Industrial & Graphics

Instructor: Karen Kesteloot, head portfolio coach and fundamentals instructor

Date: Sun Dec 3, 2 to 3:30pm for students and their parents
Price: $45

Description: Do you love to dream up ideas that help make life better for society and the environment? The design professions make for a fulfilling career. But the competition to get accepted into top universities is stiff! It takes know how and commitment to make the high level of design portfolios schools demand of students. Are you worried or confused about what to put into your design portfolio? Come to this workshop to find out what to include and exclude, and how to come up with imaginative and unique ideas that will make you stand out in the sea of sameness! Discover what skills you are strong in and which ones you need to improve upon to gain acceptance into your dream school. See examples of student portfolios that made the cut. Get all your questions answered at a Q & A session with successful students and grads.

Workshop: Required Portfolio Piece Drawing of Hands: How to Draw Hands.

Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

Date: Wed Dec 28 11 am- 5pm
Price: $100

Animation, Illustration and Fine Art programs ask to see drawings of hands in our portfolio. Some programs demand them as man-datory pieces in your art portfolio. This is the drawing type that trips up the most students. Discover what schools expect to see in well drawn hands. Learn basic structural approaches to draw-ing hands and brainstorm creative ideas for the required hand drawings in your portfolio. You’ll need to figure out how to show a hand in a movement that conveys a story. Get help brainstorm-ing a good story and how to depict that movement convincingly. Get introduced to atmospheric perspective and great line quality.

Workshop: Geometric Object Drawing Fundamentals: How to Master a Typically Weak Section of Student Portfolios.

Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

Date: Thurs Dec 29 11am-5pm
Price: $100

Description: Drawing geometric objects with sound structure is crucial skill to master as an animator, illustrator or designer of any kind because all complex forms are built of the basic geometric forms the cylinder, cone, sphere and cube. Your instructor taught in the quintessential Object Drawing Course designed by acclaimed illustration instructor Jack Taylor of Sheridan’s famous Illustration Program. Geometric object drawing is the cornerstone of proper drawing in all art and design disciplines. This drawing type tends to be among the weakest of all the pieces in student application portfolios. Now you have the chance to make it one of your strengths! Don’t miss this important workshop!

Workshop: Perspective Drawing: How to Draw the Required Point of View Room Drawing for Animation, Illustration, Interior and Architectural Design Students.

Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

Date: Fri Dec 30, 11-5pm
Price: $100

Description: A required portfolio skill is to be able to draw perspectives from an observed point of view in a room and sometimes looking out the window as well. You will learn how the laws of perspective are built on your eye level and position relative to the room you are in. You will be introduced to sight measuring, the notion of the picture plane and how to use multiple vanishing points in the same perspective drawing. You will also learn how to use line weight effectively to demonstrate depth.

Workshop: Design Drawing: Concept Sketching and Creative Thinking Skills for Design Students.

Instructor: Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

Date: Sat Dec 31, 11-2pm
Price: $50

Description: Learn how to draw perspectives of existing spaces and redesign them with imagination and ingenuity. Make a portfolio that stands out! All art and design disciplines will benefit from this workshop.

Workshop: How to Apply Colour Media to Your Drawings and Designs

Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

Date: Sat Jan 6 : 10am-1pm
Price: $50

Description: If you want to add drama and strength to your art portfolio add colour! But the addition of colour can be a dangerous undertaking and could demote your portfolio instead of lighting it up in the rankings. Do you know how to avoid the mistakes most students make when using markers, pastels and pencil crayons? Learn the secrets of using colour media effectively to make your portfolio images look professional and impactful! This workshop is suited to all art and design fields of study. Come one, come all!

Workshop: Creating Powerful Compositions With Clear Messages: Understanding How to Use Hierarchy of Contrasts, Edges and Colour. Introduction to Value Studies and Colour Layout Design

Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

Date: Sat Jan 27 11am-4pm
Price: $80

Description: Contained in this lesson is the knowledge of how to make the sorts of portfolio pieces that can earn you a scholarship! Learn how master the art of composition by learning how to control where the viewer looks first, second, third and last. This is the essence of great layout design in any of the visual arts. With this knowledge you will be able to ensure that the message of your piece is understood and told in the order of importance. Learn the secrets of how to clearly show who the dominant character is in any given scene and who or what is subordinate in that scene. There are visual tricks you can use to control the viewer’s eye. Understanding the rules of hierarchy are a must in strong illustration and graphics too. This workshop would be perfect for all visual arts fields.

Workshop: Animation Portfolio Required Short Demo Reel Story Workshop

Instructor: Animation Instructor Garth Laidlaw

Date: To be announced
Price: To be announced

Description: Learn both the technical skills and the story telling skills needed to create a short demo reel animated short story for your portfolio from an experienced animator. Refer to the college portfolio requirements for your options on how your short animation can be made. Our instructor will help you create your animation in any of the formats you choose to pursue,

Workshop: Animation Portfolio Essentials Workshop

Instructor: Animation Instructor Garth Laidlaw

Date: To be announced
Price: To be announced

Description: Get constructive advice on how to improve your portfolio and learn how to correct any drawing errors or make your characters, figures and perspectives. Learn how to clean up your line work for a strong simple cartoon image and ensure your story boards tell your story effectively. Learn tricks and techniques on how to present your work in its best light including scanning, photographing and digital touch ups. It’s the moment of truth! Are you ready to apply and submit your portfolio? Find out what you still need to work on in order to be ready to apply.



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