Enabling aspiring artists, this digital art class by Sharpened Stylus provides in-person lessons to develop computer illustration talent and mastery of general art principals. Students will be taught by industry professional Nathan Allen from Lucasfilm Animation and other guest instructors using the application Procreate on the iPad with an Apple Pencil.
The class objective is to teach students advanced digital art abilities. Any student can learn and cultivate skill by careful study and practice. Their dedication to professional techniques will bring about rapid growth and results. A true study of art teaches goal setting, increases self-drive, and enhances success in all aspects of life.
We start classes multiple times a year. Check out the calendar page for more information.
Our classes utilize a number of components to help everyone learn. Some of the tools we use are listed below. With this, please also note that there are take-home components to our courses. Growing talent comes from habit and practice.
Most classes start with some time spent gesture drawing. Students will sketch from human or object references. This will warm up the students and teach critical drawing skills. There will be no nude references, and all subjects will be in bathing suits or fully clothed.
Feedback is an important part of learning and growth. One way we fit in time for one on one feedback with the students is on work days. During a work day the instructor will walk through the class and personally review students' assignments by giving suggestions, teaching, and listening to the students questions. If the class is online, students will be able to submit artwork for potential review and live draw overs with the class watching.
Our classes aren't about just giving a topic and letting the students go. We feel it is important to spend time teaching art principles such as color, style, perspective, composition, or design. We always curate the principles to the current assignment and we give examples. This lecture portion of the class may includes short assignments, slides, and demonstrations. Also guidance on how to use Procreate will be given during this time.
Take Home Assignment
To help students succeed we reiterate what was taught in the class with a weekly email. This email will outline the current project and show the steps that the student should be working on that week.
Excelling at art comes no differently than in sports, music, or academic learning. Success requires regular effort and practice.