Classes Up Close: Creative Writing, Drawing+Illustration 

Mary Poppins has flown off to the stars, and now its time for us to look ahead. In this post, I’m focusing on three fantastic classes next semester…..

The best part? If you take the Combo Creative Writing class with the Illustration class, you will not only create an original piece of literature, but you will illustrate it as well!! What an experience!
But first, the details:

Creative Writing“Soup to Nuts” – Creating A Children’s Literature Original

Come learn from seasoned and twice published children’s author, Nicole Cannella, the tools of the children’s lit trade while creating our own children’s book from cover! Together, we will choose a topic, design a story in rhyming 4 line stanzas around it, collaborate as a team of writers and editors, and at last, polish and share. Even better… students will have the opportunity to take the corresponding art class with Mr. Lorin to create amazing illustrations in tandem with our words. Sure to evoke deep creativity and team building characteristics, this class will build and benefit your student. 

Thursday’s, Jan. 12-Mar 9 (8 weeks) 12:30-2:00
Click here for more info and to register!

Drawing & Illustration

Lorin Olsen’s Drawing classes are among the best classes students have ever taken- parents and students were raving about their experience in our first year offering these classes. We are thrilled to be offering not just Drawing classes, but Illustration this year.

The Fundamentals of Drawing
Ages 12-18 • Thursdays, Jan 10-Mar 9 • 10:30-12:00*

In this drawing class, artists will discover, or perhaps rediscover, the fundamental concepts all art is based on. We will cover the most essential subjects such as observation, accuracy in drawing, proper value structures, and basics of flow and composition. The goal of this class is to give students the mental tools and techniques they need to achieve the artistic and creative goals that they wish to. We will discuss the anatomy of the head and face, as well as overall basic skeletal and muscular anatomy in ways that are easy to apply to any person. This will enable students to better draw the people they see, as well as to understand the structure and proportions of human beings as to be able to better draw them from imagination. Students will work in pencil and charcoal in class while learning concepts and portraiture techniques that are applicable in all other medium.

Illustration: Storytelling through Art

Ages 12-18 • Thursdays, Mar 16- May 11 • 10:30-12:00*

In this drawing class, artists will explore the art of illustrating in many forms. We will discuss concepts such as character design, composition, color theory, and storytelling with images. The goal of this class is to enable students to use ideas and stories to craft visually compelling and beautiful illustrations and scenes. Class projects will include drawing for classic stories such as Aesop’s Fables and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, as well as creating comic pages and sequential art. Students will draw in pencil in addition to exploring the use of ink and watercolor to explore new options while learning the concepts demonstrated in the class. In the end, they will have provided illustrations for the Original Story written by the Creative Writing Class.
Both classes taught by Lorin Olsen. Lorin is available as a private tutor in digital art, as well. If you are interested, leave a comment below and we will have him contact you. Thanks!
Click here for more info and to register!
See you in January!

Jen Roca 


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