Winter Workshops

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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.

Part 1: Animation and Illustration Portfolios: How to Create Imaginative Pieces while Fulfilling the Portfolio Requirements

Instructor: Karen Kesteloot, head portfolio coach and fundamentals instructor

Date: Mon Dec 19 7-9:30pm 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 requirements 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 develop your ideas, portfolio pieces, characters and artworks to the high level of creativity the top programs are looking for in successful applicants. See examples of student portfolios that made the cut. Get all your questions answered at a Q & A session with successful students and grads.

Part 2: Design Portfolios: Architecture, Interior, Industrial and Graphic Design. How to showcase your skills and ideas effectively to make the cut.

Instructor: Karen Kesteloot, head portfolio coach and fundamentals instructor

Date: Tues Dec 20 7-9:30pm 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: Part 1 Introduction to How to Draw Hands.

Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

Date: Tues Dec 20 10 am- 1pm
Price: $50

Description: Animation, Illustration and Fine Art programs ask to see drawings of hands in your portfolio. Some programs demand them as mandatory 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 drawing 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 brainstorming a good story and how to depict that movement convincingly. Get introduced to atmospheric perspective and great line quality

Workshop: Required Portfolio Piece Drawing of Hands: Part 2 Anatomy of the Hand and How to Make a Strong Portfolio Piece

Instructor: TBA

Date: Tues Dec 20 2-5pm
Price: $50

Description: To draw hands well it helps to understand the underlying anatomical structure of the hand. You'll have time to test out your ideas for your required drawings of hands in your portfolio as well. Learn about the hand in motion to ensure that your drawings conform to proper anatomical structure. Learn tricks that animators use to convey a lot with few lines!

Workshop: Portraiture: Basic Proportions of the Face and Head and Preparing Strong Portrait for your Portfolio

Instructor: David Caesar

Date: Wed Dec 21 10-4pm
Price: $100

Description: If you want to make great characters you've got to start with understanding the anatomy of the head and face before you can distort them for creative effect. You'll learn the fundamentals of portrait drawing under the exacting guidance of a pro like no other! The first day of this two day workshop will introduce you to the basic proportions of the head and face and give you a logical procedure to follow. In the afternoon you will have time to create a powerful portrait for your portfolio under David's expert guidance.

Workshop: Required Portfolio Piece Object Still Life: Part 1: Before and After Story: How to Compose and Conceive of a Strong Still Life for All Art Disciplines with a Focus on the Required Pieces for Animation and Illustration.

Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

Date: Wed Dec 21 6-9pm
Price: $50

Description: Art portfolios require that you demonstrate your ability to draw still lives of the basic geometric forms accurately. An often overlooked aspect of still life drawings in portfolios is the creative content in the piece. It is very important that you show creative ideas in this otherwise dry subject particularly for those who are applying to animation. In this workshop you will learn how to come up with truly creative ideas and learn how to make strong compositions of thematically linked objects. You will learn how to brain storm inferred before and after stories for the still life drawings that will get you noticed by the portfolio review committees.

Once you have a strong idea it is time to draw it with proper structure, form and proportions.

Workshop: Geometric Object Drawing Fundamentals: Part 2: How to Master a Typically Weak Section of Student Portfolios. How to Draw Balanced Cones, Cylinders and Ellipses on both Horizontal and Vertical Planes.

Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

Date: Thurs Dec 23 10am-1pm
Price: $50

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. In this class you'll learn how to sight measure and structure cylindrical and conical shapes and draw balanced ellipses. One of the required drawings in Sheridan's Animation and Illustration Portfolio submissions assigns students to draw a still life of everyday geometric shaped objects. Students are expected to show the construction of the objects in two before and after images that tell a story. This is the perfect workshop to learn the fundamentals of good drawing no matter what discipline you intend to study. It 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: Geometric Object Drawing Fundamentals: Part 3: How to Draw Boxes in Perspective; a Deceptively Difficult Drawing Skill!

Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

Date: Thurs Dec 23 2-5pm
Price: $50

Description: A cube is a simple shape so it stands to reason that it ought to be easy to draw---but it's not! In fact cubes are among the most challenging objects to draw accurately. Yet it's one of the most important objects to master; it's the building block of some many more complex objects and it's a fundamental skill that is needed to create believable worlds out of your imagination. Why is this object so darn hard to draw well? It because we know so much about them. All the geometric laws of these perfectly balanced shapes makes them hard to draw the way we see them. It's important to learn how to draw them from observation as well as from imagination in a variety of angles of view. You'll learn a new visual logic to how to draw the cube from any angle and create new objects out of them from a master of object drawing. You'll first learn some useful tricks on how to sight measure angles and build your new visual knowledge accurately. If you are applying to any design program, Illustration or animation you will find this workshop invaluable and a life saver to your art portfolio!

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: Wed Dec 28 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. 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

Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

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

Workshop: How to Draw Animals Using Geometry and Anatomy.

Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

Date: Fri Dec 30 11am-4pm
Price: $80

Description:Drawings of animals is one of the required drawing skills in your animation portfolio and can be fun item to include for other art and design disciplines. Learn some basic geometrical approaches about how to draw animals effectively while continuing to develop your observational drawing skills. Deepen your understanding of the underlying anatomical structure and learn how to use it simply to inform your drawings and character designs. Learn about median lines, line of action and how to convey emotion and movement. Excursion to a pet store, the Humane Society or farm is included in the workshop.

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

Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing Instructor Karen Kesteloot

Date: Sat Jan 14: 11am-4pm
Price: $80

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 28 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 Essentials Course; Your Guide to Creating the Required Character Designs for Your Animation Portfolio

Instructor: Animation Instructor Garth Laidlaw

Date: Thurs Jan 12 to Feb 16 6 week course
Time: 6:30 to 9:30
Price for Full Course: $275
Price per Class: $50


Week 1: Character Design Fundamentals: Geometry

Learn how to use geometry of characters and silhouettes in early character design stages. Garth will show you some tricks to get your creative ideas flowing for your characters and learn from industry icons! Learn how to create character profiles and find the geometry that expresses their attributes. Get guidance as you develop your character for your animation portfolio from an experienced character designer and animator.



Week 2: Required Portfolio Piece Original Character Design: Character Design Fundamentals Body Posture
How to Develop Your Character and Intro to Character Body Postures and Expression

Now that you have come up with a list of characters and decided on their attributes it's time to bring them into being with the fundamentals of design you learned in the previous class. Learn how to use geometry of characters and silhouettes in early character design stages. Garth will show you some tricks to get your creative ideas flowing for your characters and learn from industry icons! You'll learn how to use body posture and face and head shapes to embody the attributes of your character. Try your hand to drawing out your original character design under Garth's guiding hand.



Week 3: Character Facial Expressions and Head Rotations

One of the required portfolio pieces in your animation portfolio is a page of head shots of your character from various angles depicting different emotions. You'll learn from Garth how to make your character take on different emotions while remaining in character.



Week 4: Character Rotation Basics:

This workshop gives you an introduction into the how to rotate a character and maintain their character and body posture. This is a fundamental skill for your animation portfolio and is always a required drawing in your application. You will take the character you have been developing and draw front, back, side and 3/4 views. Seeing your character in all its rotation views helps you further perfect its design.



Week 5: Intro to Story Boarding Fundamentals.

Get some practice for your portfolio's story board by learning about the fundamentals of how to create stories from a pro! Garth loves stories! In fact his animation business is called ArtStory! So you're in good hands with him on this one! In your animation portfolio you will be asked to show a 4 panel story board layout. You will learn the basics of how to effectively perform this task. Learn how to develop strong stories and depict the action clearly and simply. Strong story telling is the corner stone of your animation portfolio. You'll have fun learning from Garth how to make an engaging story in your portfolio.



Week 6: The Moment of Truth! Final Review of Your Character Sketches!

All the weeks of learning and practice culminate in this final class when you present your character designs and sketches to the class and get feedback from the group and Garth. Get constructive advice on how to improve your designs and learn how to correct any drawing errors or make your characters feel more expressive, extreme with good body flow. Learn how to clean up your line work for a strong simple cartoon image. It's the moment of truth! Are you ready to apply and submit your portfolio of character designs? Find out what you still need to work on in order to be ready to apply.

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