Summer 2020 Teens

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Spend the summer learning new skills online and dive deeper into your passion. Create a killer portfolio in art or animation with our 2-week drawing, painting and digital animation intensives, or try out new mediums with our 1 week classes in printmaking (yes you can do it at home!), sculpture and illustration. Improve your skills and do what you love; whether it’s making a zine or creating characters, you’ll learn from a creative, rigorous curriculum taught by professional teaching artists in daily classes and projects.

Cartooning & Sculpture: 2D & 3D Character Design – 
Kite Arnor and Taylor Dow

8/24 – 8/28 | 9:30am – 12:30pm

Ever wondered how your 2D characters would translate into 3D sculpture? In this class you’ll develop original characters and creatures through drawing and sculpting exercises. Exercises will encourage experimentation and “shape gathering” activities where we explore our homes and (briefly) the outdoors. You’ll work through multiple small studies in 2 and 3 dimensions and come away with a more developed drawing and 3d model of your final character or creature.

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  • Printer Paper/Sketch Paper
  • Black Marker
  • Pencil
  • Paper clay (recommended: Activa La Doll Premier)
  • Ziploc bags to store paper clay when not being used (it dries out)
  • Plastilina (aka Oil clay / modeling clay) (recommended medium hardness if there are options, any will do)
  • Armature wire (recommended: 14 gauge thickness, or near)
    (this can be substituted for many kinds of wire)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Somewhere to work! Space you can get dirty and clean up easily, or protect easily. A movable surface, like a board is highly recommended.

Optional Materials:

  • Boxwood clay tools, or similar clay / sculpting tools (
  • **A board or movable surface to work on. **Highly recommend this** This can be a piece of wood/ply scrap, a drawing board, even stiff heavy cardboard or a shoebox. Helps with cleanup, storing work between workdays, and keeping it out of the way while it dries to finish.
  • Apron, or clothes that can take a little mess
  • Bowl for water you can get dirty with clay
  • Terry cloth towel, and/or Fast Orange (or Gojo or similar) hand cleaner for cleaning oil clay
  • Toothpicks
  • Sandpaper and a dust mask. (We likely won’t use in class, but I’ll talk about how to use these after the paper clay dries.)

Material Notes from sculpture instructor Kite Arnor:

The MOST important of the list are the paper clay, and plastilina clay.
And somewhere to work.

I’ve recommended a specific paper clay brand, “Activa La Doll” and I hope you can get that. There’s several kinds of air drying paper clay out there, and while other types or brands will do, this one handles well, dries without cracking, and is worth getting if you can.
Any paper clay you aren’t using actively for a model should be stored somewhere air tight. Sealable bags like ziploc are easy for this.

For the plastilina (oil clay / modeling clay- different names for the same thing) some brands come with different hardness options. Any will work but recommending ‘medium’ hardness for our purposes. We’re using this for exercises, so pretty much any kind or any brand will be fine.
If you already have some in your house, use that!

I’ll just say again, having a movable work surface, like a board to work on, while not essential, is really helpful and I highly recommend it!

You could maybe do without the armature wire in some cases, but I’ll be using it in some demos and exercises, and some characters forms will require it, so I’m putting it as required.
The gauge thickness I’ve recommended is just a thickness that balances stiffness and flexibility well, could work with a range of sizes easily.
Any study but flexible wire will work, tie wire / baling wire is a good hardware store option that might be already in your garage.
Even pipe cleaners or something like that would do okay.

Needle nose pliers are great for using the wire. It makes it easier to bend, and they can cut the wire to length. As with the wire itself, you could maybe get around this, but I’m calling it essential.

Clay sculpting tools are helpful! Even having one or two, if not a whole set.
That said, they’re not essential. Your hands will do just about as well for much of the work. I’ll show how to use some alternatives like toothpicks (useful for other things like reinforcing a model), or a pencil tip for those who don’t have sculpting tools.

It’ll be a little messy, but not that messy. Best to prepare, give yourself a good workspace and a plan for clean up, so its easy on you.
Mostly dirty hands and such.



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