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Effective January 1: Masks are Optional in VisArts’ Classrooms and Studios

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In this class for beginners, students will learn how to create comic art and illustrations while developing skills in drawing, perspective, anatomy, character creation, and letter drawing. Students will design and produce a multi-panel comic that brings their ideas to life.

All materials are included. Students will receive sketchbooks in class to practice assignments at home.

Each class will have a 10-15 minute warmup sketch session to loosen up techniques.

Week 1. Drawing basics
⁃ Free-drawing class; everyone will draw to show where their skills are
⁃ Sketching, lines, shapes
⁃ Two-panel drawing of comic strip
Weekly practice: Practice simple lines and sketching

Week 2. Point perspective
⁃ Warmup perspective drawing; students will draw an area in the room
⁃ One-point and two-point perspective drawing
⁃ Learning dimension through space and environment
Weekly practice: Four-panel comic strip focused on perspective

Week 3. Character creation
⁃ Warmup sketching, warmup circles, drawing 30 seconds, one minute
⁃ Creating elements for character development. Description, mix and match, style of character
Weekly practice: Fully develop created character

Week 4. Reference drawing, postures, expressions
⁃ Warmup sketching for one minute, five minutes, 10 minutes; drawing from reference
⁃ Learning anatomy basics through shape as well as expressions
⁃ Building understanding of body type and facial structures
Weekly practice: Draw different poses for men and women (fill five pages, front and back, entire page), understanding how the body moves and bends, body shapes and sizes

Week 5. Reference drawing, postures, and expressions continued
⁃ Warmup sketching, drawing facial expressions, 10 minutes
⁃ Continue working from drawing references, using different angles and expressions
⁃ Understanding how light works on specific angles when drawing characters
Weekly practice: Use references to draw; create a character in different poses and expressions

Week 6. Final week
⁃ Warmup drawing session. Free drawing, 10 minutes
⁃ Using learned techniques to draw one-to-two-page comic, using four to six panels


Please use the Notes section on the registration form to list any accommodations you’ll need during the class.


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