Concept Design Ongoing Classes

Are you interested in video games? Comics? Animation?

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Whether you’re creating a portfolio for a program in one of the above-mentioned fields, struggling in your courses or simply want to develop yourself alongside people with similar goals, you’ll find what you need with our concept design classes.

Our concept design classes are composed of assignments that will all come together in larger final project portfolios. Students will participate in and cycle through different mock-client projects and create concept artwork for a potential game, animation or comic. Concept pieces will include character designs, layout work, prop design and more! Through these assignments, students will learn visual narrative, composition, design theory and ultimately how to express a wide variety of ideas in a short span of time. The ongoing class layout will allow students to continuously practice and revisit material given to them throughout their education.

CLASS INFO

AGE: 14 +
SCHEDULE: Saturdays 4:00PM
CLASS DURATION: 2 hrs
RATE PER CLASS: $35 (plus tax)

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SAMPLE ASSIGNMENTS

Estimated time for each assignment may vary based on a student's skill or needs. Assignments (especially practice assignments like figure drawing, perspective exercises and anatomy) will be revisited from time to time so students have the opportunity to review the material and be taught more advanced techniques to build on their foundation.

MATERIAL PAINTING + BASIC OBJECT CONSTRUCTION  -  2 classes
Students will paint a still life composed of different simple geometric shapes composed of varied materials. They will be taught about how to paint each material and how to construct each shape to build up a foundation for future pieces.

FIGURE DRAWING   -  1 class
Students will learn simple shorthand for drawing figures and gestures via quick timed sketches.

HUMAN ANATOMY - 1 class
Students will do in depth research on the structure of the human body.
1) Skeletal System
2) Skeleton Drawings
3) Muscular System
4) Écorché Drawings

CHARACTER THEORY - 1/2 class per lecture
Students will receive lectures on the theory of designing characters and do group analyses on existing material.
1) Shapes and Character
2) Character Archetypes
3) Communication through design
4) Designing characters for animation and video games

CHARACTER DESIGN  -  5 classes
Students will learn the professional workflow for designing characters in the form of a step by step mock-client project.
1) Thumbnail sketches, 1st pass
2) Thumbnail sketches, 2nd pass
3) Refined character concept
4) Character sheet

CHARACTER ACTING  -  3 classes
Students will be taught how to act through their characters through a series of exercises.
1) Emotions and expressions
2) Character posing and silhouette
3) Object interaction

PERSPECTIVE  -  1 class
Students will learn how perspective influences form by drafting a series of simple objects in one and two-point perspective.

LAYOUT THEORY  -  1/2 class per lecture
Students will receive lectures on the theory of designing layouts and do group analyses on existing material.
1) Planning Layouts
2) Creating Narrative

LAYOUT DESIGN  -  5 classes
Students will learn the professional workflow for designing diorama concepts in the form of a step by step mock client project.
1) Thumbnail sketches, 1st pass
2) Thumbnail sketches 2nd pass
3) Refined layout concept

REQUIRED MATERIALS

WE PROVIDE: Newsprint, illustration paper, regular pencils, erasers, charcoal, watercolors.
STUDENTS MUST BRING: Non-photo pencil (blue), sketchbook, mechanical pencil (0.5 or 0.7), fine tip liners of varying thicknesses, pencil crayons, charcoal pencils.
RECOMMENDED: Watercolour pencils.

All required and recommended materials are available for purchase at a 15% discount to our students at our on-site art store.Materials are available for purchase individually or in kits for your convenience.

MATERIAL KITS:
The package prices listed below have been calculated with the 15% Palette Art School student discount.
Standard kit: $55.30 plus tax (Includes all mandatory materials)
Extended kit: $75.45 plus tax(Includes all mandatory and recommended materials)

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