Creating Anime Characters

Creating Anime Characters

A character is more than a figure drawing. Every color, piece of cloth, haircut, weapon, shape of the eyes, etc. inform traits of a character, a background story, or a future plot. This program is offered in digital, traditional illustration techniques, or both.

Weepufferfluffernutterzing! Machine

The teaching artist will share the interactive story of The WEEPUFFERFLUFFERNUTTERZING! Corporation, and then assist the students in creating their own version of an imaginary machine. Students will use modeling clay and some found objects to make a mini 3-D machine and then share their story with classmates.  

Designing Tiles and Creating Patterns Through Geometry

Students will make use of art materials to create their own geometric tile panels to become part of an alternating or repetitive group pattern. They will begin with a pre-cut paper collage process to create a very familiar alternating pattern, a checkerboard.  They then move on to using drawing materials and technical drawing practices with measuring tools to create their tiles. Students will look for and identify geometric shapes as they view examples of tiled patterns and create their own.

Learning Science through the Art of Glass Fusion

This workshop for classsroom and fine arts teachers addresses physical science and art content standards. Particpants will become familiar with a variety of glass materials, equipment and techniques to create a three-dimensional fused glass plate. Teachers will learn how to engage students through the creation of art that increases understanding of thermal energy and the properties of glass. Participants will also learn how to prepare a clay kiln for glass fusion.

Written and Illustrated

This dynamic program starts with a recorded storytelling circle to create a collective story, followed up by basic traditional and digital illustration lessons and culminates with the creation of an illustrated short story and/or poetry book. Material fee determined by project.

Shades of Diversity

This multimedia project uses traditional collage techniques as an awareness and self-discovery tool of individual roots and classroom diversity and richness. During the program, students will create a colorful collage quilt using construction paper, glue, and tape to represent the genealogical, social, and cultural background of a group of students or a school. This project can also be created on ceramic tiles. The final mural will show, at a classroom scale, the value and beauty of individuality and diversity in society. This program requires 1-3 workshops, depending on the materials used. Material fee determined by project.

Create, Publish a Digital Comic Book

During a five-day residency, students will be introduced to the exciting and expanding world of comics using different compositional strategies. Students will learn about the different genres found in today’s comics. They will create and develop their own characters and working scripts in a short form comic book layout using Pixton software. In addition to learning about various careers in this creative field, students will collaborate on a comic anthology that will be published at the culmination of the program.