Hands-on & Industry-taught

Each workshop is booked solid with daily activities to establish advanced drawing skills, enhance the creative process, and broaden your comprehension of the visual arts. This is as hands-on as art education gets.

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Small Classes

We keep the workshops small, so each student receives personal guidance from the visiting artist on a daily basis. Every student gets a front row seat and a chance to connect with professional artists.

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Real Mentorship

Student work is critiqued in both one-on-one and group settings. These sessions include assignment feedback, as well as discussions on artistic goals and career development.

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Demanding assignments

Visiting Mentors assign an industry-geared assignment for each workshop. During studio time, students formulate, develop, and refine a unique approach to problem solving the assignment.

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Lectures & Demonstrations

Everyday Academy instructors present lectures, demonstrations, and panels focused on a wide variety of topics. Subjects include, but are not limited to technical skills, visual problem solving, drawing from reference, process, industry workflow, and entrepreneurial strategies such as marketing and networking.

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Life Drawing

Life drawing with a nude model is hosted three times per workshop. This is an opportunity to practice form, shape, and light. During these sessions, students also observe Academy instructors, masters of great drawing.

 
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Enroll à la carte

Students can sign up for individual or multiple workshops. Any combination is encouraged.
EXAMPLES
Student A: Only enrolls in Workshop II
Student B: Enrolls in both Workshops II and III
Student C: Enrolls in all 4 Workshops

⬇️ Foundations of Illustration (May 31 - June 7)

Art Mentors: 6 Artists TBD

Foundations is the one of the most popular workshops, instructed by some of most accomplished and awarded illustrators, painters, and visual storytellers. This workshop establishes the fundamentals of great picture-making, explores critical thinking skills, and introduces methods for visual problem-solving.

Foundations prompts both beginners and experienced artists to sharpen their skills and revisit the way they construct imagery. Between daily lectures, demonstrations, one-on-one reviews, figure drawing, and sketching, students complete a flat assignment to develop basic picture-making skills and an advanced comprehension of composition, color, and visual storytelling.

Daily Activities: Lectures, Demonstrations, Critiques, Studio
Assignment: Flat Picture-making
Critiques: Both Group and One-on-one Sessions
Life Drawing: Three, 3-hour Sessions

⬇️ Comics & Sequential Art (June 7 - 14)

Art Mentors: 6 Artists TBD

This juggernaut-filled roster of iconic sequential artists includes some of the most profoundly skilled members of comic book industry. This is a not-messing-around masterclass on sequential art and visual narrative, inviting students to work one-on-one with the industry legends.

Daily Activities: Lectures, Demonstrations, Critiques, Studio
Assignment: Sequential Narrative
Critiques: Both Group and One-on-one Sessions
Life Drawing: Three, 3-hour Sessions

⬇️ Concept & Character Design (June 14 - 21)

Art Mentors: 5 Artists TBD

The entertainment and concept art industry is one of the fastest growing areas in the visual arts industry. Focused on 2D illustration, this workshop tackles technique, skills, style, and portfolio development. This is also an opportunity to learn from some of the most hired illustrators in the concept art industry and a number of highly skilled character designers. 

This workshop tackles the entertainment and game arts industry and unveils the ins-and-outs of character design. Given industry parameters professional working artists receive regarding concept and character development projects.

Daily Activities: Lectures, Demonstrations, Critiques, Studio
Assignment: Character Design
Critiques: Both Group and One-on-one Sessions
Life Drawing: Three, 3-hour Sessions

⬇️ Editorial & Publishing Art (June 21 - 28)

Art Mentors: 6 Artists TBD

The opportunities in the editorial and publishing industry are rapidly evolving, advancing, and broadening. During the Editorial & Publishing Art Workshop, students will receive hands-on guidance from award-winning illustrators. Many of these artists work both digitally and traditionally and will share their seasoned wisdom.

The visiting instructors will present lectures, demonstrations, critique students one-on-one and in groups. In addition, all students will develop an assignment geared towards this industry that poses similar challenges and problems working artists often face on professional jobs for book covers, magazine features, and more.

Daily Activities: Lectures, Demonstrations, Critiques, Studio
Assignment: Developing Cover Art
Critiques: Both Group and One-on-one sessions
Life Drawing: Three, 3-hour sessions


One week at The Illustration Academy

Arrive, register, lecture

1:30-4PM: Registration & check-in, local students only attend 5:30pm reception.
5-6PM: Reception and Meet & Greet. Reception is only hosted the first Sunday of the Illustration Academy.

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LECTURES, DEMOS & ASSIGNMENT

9AM-12PM: Instructors provide the assignment. Students develop thumbnails, reference, and research. If it is not the first Monday of the Academy, student assignments are critiqued.
12-2PM: Lunch
2-5PM: Lecture or demonstration presented by a visiting artist.
5-6PM: Dinner
6:30-9PM: Studio time, work on assignment. Occasional lectures and demos.

GROUP CRITIQUES, DEMO/LECTURE & LIFE DRAWING

9AM-12PM: Breakout group critiques from visiting artists. Studio time.
12-2PM: Lunch
2-5PM: Guest artist lecture/demonstration
5-6PM: Dinner
6:30-9:30PM: Life drawing

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GROUP CRITIQUES, DEMO/LECTURE, STUDIO

9AM-12PM: Breakout group critiques from visiting artists. Studio time.
12-2PM: Lunch
2-5PM: Guest artist lecture/demonstration
5-6PM: Dinner
6-9:30PM: Studio time, work on assignment. Occasional lectures and demos.

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ONE-ON-ONE CRITIQUE, DEMO/LECTURE, PIZZA NIGHT, LIFE DRAWING

9AM-12PM: One-on-one critiques and studio time
12-2PM: Lunch
2-5PM: Guest artist lecture/demonstration.
5-6PM: $5 Pizza Social
6:30-9:30PM: Life drawing

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ONE-ON-ONE CRITS, LECTURE/DEMO, STUDIO

9AM-12PM: One-on-one critiques and studio time
12-2PM: Lunch
2-5PM: Guest artist lecture/demonstration.
5-6PM: Dinner
6-9:30PM: Studio time, work on assignment. Occasional lectures and demos.

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CRITIQUES CONTINUED, STUDIO, LIFE DRAWING

9AM-12PM: One-on-one critiques and studio time
12-2PM: Lunch
2-5PM: Life drawing
5-6PM: Dinner
6-9:30PM: Studio time, work on assignment. Occasional lectures and demos.

FINAL CRITIQUES

9AM-12PM: Departing Students receive final critiques. Studio time and continued critiques for students continuing to next workshop
12-2PM: Lunch
2-5PM: Lecture & demonstration
5-6PM: Dinner
6-9:30PM: Studio time, work on assignment. Occasional lectures and demos.

 
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DEPARTURES

11AM: Students who are not attending the following workshop checkout of campus housing.

Students are welcome to use the Student Activities Hall, and attend all activities scheduled for Sunday. We recommend flights for Sunday afternoon.

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CONTINUING STUDENTS

Studio: Prepare your assignment for your FINAL critique by the NEW instructors on Monday.

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NEW ARRIVALS

1-2PM: Check-in, desk selection
2-5PM: Lecture & demonstration

 
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MONDAY: REPEAT

9AM-12PM: Previous workshop students final critiques with NEW guest instructors.
12 - 2PM: Lunch.
2 - 5PM: New Instructors present workshop assignment. Lecture/demonstration presented by a visiting artist.
5 - 6PM: Dinner
6:30 - 9PM: Studio time. Work on assignment, review lessons. Occasionally, bonus lectures and demos.