Workshops

Linda M. Feltner © 2017

Eurasian Eagle Owl. (Bubo bubo)

Linda M. Feltner, pencil and gouache on toned paper, © 2017.

Linda M Feltner

Drawing Birds: Live in the Classroom!

Date: Thursday 7/19/18

Length: Half day; 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

Price: $50.00

Linda brings another fantastic array of raptors to inspire! The Eurasian Eagle Owl, Spectacled Owl, Burrowing Owl, and Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture are a few of mesmerizing birds that may be before us to entice our imagination and creativity. Such variety provides an opportunity for comparison of adaptations and avian anatomy. Critically looking at form, balance and movement will aid us in developing sketches. Linda will share her favorite techniques and observational approaches for sketching live birds. Remind yourself why you love to draw!

Prerequisites: Basic drawing skills needed.

Notice: Live animals

Materials: Materials: • Sketch book • Pencils, variety of hardness • Manual pencil sharpener (live animals sometimes do not like electric noises) Optional: •Binoculars with close-focusing ability • Camera • Colored pencils, watercolor pencils, drawing pens.

Brooke Alexander, ©2018

Adobe After Effects. To view full animation, example of motion graphics visit here.

Brooke A Alexander and Daisy Chung

Introduction to Adobe After Effects for Animation

Date: Thursday 7/19/18

Length: Half day; 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

Price: $50.00

Are you ready to take your art to the next step? It's time to learn about animation! Participants in this animation course will leave with a basic understanding of how to create an animation in Adobe After Effects, the industry standard for motion graphics animations. Starting with project files from Adobe Illustrator participants will learn, hands-on, how to import files, animate shapes, layers, and text, render their animation, and publish it on YouTube. No experience in animation is necessary, but basic experience with other Adobe software is a plus. Get ready to learn the basics of animating from keyframing to applying and controlling speed changes.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this program, but it is advised that attendees be familiar with basic computer skills. Knowledge of Adobe software is a plus.

Materials: Computers with software and drawing tablets will be provided. You may bring your own if you prefer.

Instructor will supply: Practice files

©2015, Hjelmroos-Koski M

Open the Window to Botany.

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

Let's learn about botany! Technical aspects about botany for scientific/botanical Illustrators

Date: Thursday 7/19/18

Length: Half day; 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Price: $55.00 (includes materials fee)

Sharpen your observational skills by learning the ins and outs of plant anatomy. Take a closer look at the strucure of plants and learn to recognize botanical details that will make your drawings more accurate and realistic. We will concentrate on stipules and leaves, venation and the capillary system, bracts and bracteoles, etc. You will also learn how to recognize the flower structure by slicing a fruit in half. Your illustration will improve when you understand your subjects.

Prerequisites: None

©2016, Sarah Dahlinger

Eastern Newt Life Cycle

Sarah Anne Dahlinger

Digital Watercolor: The Workshop

Date: Thursday 7/19/18

Length: Half day; 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Price: $50.00

Using the digital watercolor brushes in Photoshop CC, we will paint an image.

Prerequisites: Basic photoshop knowledge is required. Basic understanding of layers and brushes is all that is needed.

Materials: Your own line art to colour (optional). Computers with software and drawing tablets will be provided. You may bring your own if you prefer.

Instructor will supply: Line art to colour.


A middle column collage showing the complex cellular signaling pathways in different white blood cells during immunotherapy treatment for cancer patients (via a mouse model).

Christie Newman and Bricelyn Strauch

Information Graphic Design in Adobe Illustrator

Date: Thursday 7/19/18

Length: Full day; 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Price: $100.00

When visualizing or telling stories with information, an illustrator must also be a designer. In this course students will learn the principles of graphic design and visual communication needed to make highly effective and stunning information graphics. We will be working with vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator. Please sign up if you have basic familiarity with this software; extensive knowledge or experience is not required. We will: • Discuss Adobe Illustrator workspaces and the tools & panels optimal for creating information graphics • Learn what information graphics are, and why they’re of growing importance for disseminating content, quickly and effectively • Learn the design process for composing information graphics for clients • Learn methods of creating simple vector illustrations to place in our compositions

Prerequisites: Basic competence in Adobe Illustrator. Familiarity with graphic design and principles and practices.

Materials: USB flash drive. Computers with software and drawing tablets will be provided. You may bring your own if you prefer.

Instructor will supply: USB drives in case quick file transfer is needed

Leaves Growing In Situ

Gretchen Kai Halpert

How to Draw Your Best Leaf Ever

Date: Thursday 7/19/2018

Length: Full day; 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Price: $100.00

“If you can paint one leaf, you can paint the world”, said Ruskin. Well-drawn leaves can make the difference between an adequate drawing and one that stands out in a crowd. This workshop addresses intellectual lighting; making paper models to see planes and values; exercises in perspective and foreshortening; following midribs around turns; anatomy, morphology and simple physiology; how to render surface texture; ways to preserve specimens. This full-day workshop strives to cover everything you always wanted to know about leaves, but were afraid to ask. You should go home with a strong drawing developed from a depth of understanding versus simply copying what you see.

Prerequisites: None

Materials: • Pencils -4H or 3H, 2H, HB, B, 2B • Eraser • Tracing paper • Sketch pad /drawing paper with smooth surface for pencil •Hand lens or magnifying glass •Small lamp with adjustable head-battery operated, or bring extension cord

Instructor will supply: Subject matter basic supplies

Detail, A is for Aardwolf. Watercolor on Twinrocker hotpress watercolor paper.

Karen Ackoff

Decorated Letters

Date: Thursday 7/19/18

Length: Full day; 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Price: $100.00

This workshop will explore how to create contemporary decorated letters using animal and plant imagery in an illustrative manner. Participants will plan their decorated letter by utilizing an historical letterform and imagery that might include animals, plants, shells, feathers – imagery from the natural world. Basic design and compositional considerations will be discussed. This workshop will focus on how to create natural textures in order to represent fur, feathers, flowers, etc. using watercolor and/or gouache. Participants will complete a decorated letter using a technique called “moist brush”, whereby watercolor or gouache can be layered without picking up color from the layers beneath. Color is built up gradually, creating subtle tonality and depth. Creative exploration will be encouraged.

Prerequisites: No

Notice: Wet paint/media

Materials: Materials: •Tracing or layout pad (you should be able to easily see through paper to trace an image beneath) • Pencils (HB), sharpener, white plastic eraser • 1 sheet of Arches hot press watercolor paper, 140 lb or 300 lb; can cut sheet into 4 pieces for travel If you cannot find Arches watercolor paper, Lanaquarelle hotpress paper may substitute. • Water media of your choice: watercolor or gouache, tubes or pans. Recommended brands: Winsor & Newton, Schmincke, Sennelier, Graham Colors should include: Black, Payne's gray (optional), Red - cadmium or permanent or quinacridone, Alizarin crimson, Orange - cadmium or quinacridone (optional), Yellow - chrome or cadmium, Naples yellow, Yellow ochre, Burnt Sienna, Cerulean blue, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt violet (optional), Sap green, Titanium or permanent white in a tube, NO Chinese white or pthalocyanine colors • Good quality brushes are VERY important! Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinksy Miniature watercolor brushes are recommended, numbers 2x0 and 1. If you cannot locate Winsor & Newton Miniature watercolor brushes, then regular Series 7 brushes will do nicely. Otherwise, any sable brush that comes to a good point will do. Synthetic brushes are not recommended. • Palette • Water container • Rag for wiping brushes

Instructor will supply: None

Nancy Ruth Halliday

Watercolor Layering

Date: Thursday 7/19/18

Length: Full day; 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Price: $100.00

As a transparent medium, watercolor as an illustration method is best applied in layers, allowing the whiteness of the paper and the purity of underlying colors to be visible through subsequent applications. Understanding the receptivity of the paper and the differences in transparency of the various pigments, controlling the water-paint flow and having the patience to wait for the layers to dry are essential for success. A full-day workshop should provide time for participants to accumulate enough experience to enjoy what is often perceived as a difficult medium.

Prerequisites: Some familiarity with the watercolor medium would be helpful.

Notice: Wet paint/media. Please bring $5.00 for plant specimens.

Materials: Materials: • Pigments: Winsor lemon (PY175), Winsor yellow deep (PY65), scarlet lake (PR188), permanent rose (PV19R), French ultramarine blue (PB29), cobalt blue (PB28), Winsor green, blue shade (PG7), viridian (PG18), burnt sienna (PBr7), and others of choice • Brushes: watercolor rounds, no. 2, 4, 6; watercolor flat, 1/8" wide, and other brushes of choice • Papers: Arches 140 lb. cold-press watercolor paper, sheets or blocks (your choice of size), sketch paper, tracing paper • Other: pencils (2B-2H), erasers of choice, drawing board, drafting tape (1/2"), palette, ruler (" & mm.), container for water, plastic bag for fresh plant material

Instructor will supply: I plan to purchase some living plant material to start the class. Students may bring their own material for painting as well.

Earthstar Mushroom, Geaster, Scott Rawlins, Colored pencil & Pastel on Coquille Board, 2010.

Scott Rawlins

Coquille Board -- Classic & New

Date: Friday 7/20/18

Length: Full day; 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Price: $100.00

Coquille board is a textured paper that reduces drawn lines to a stipple-like pattern resembling a mezzotint. Black and white drawings on coquille board are executed as if they were tonal but can be reproduced as line – thus saving both time and money. However, it is also possible to use colored media on coquille board. “Thin” media such as pastel and colored pencil will adhere to the surface adequately without destroying its distinguishing texture. Participants in this workshop will experiment with both B&W and color on this unique ground.

Prerequisites: none

Materials: B&W and Color on Coquille Board Materials: • Tracing paper (approx. 9” x 12” – 2 pieces) • Kneaded & vinyl erasers • X-Acto knife OR plastic picnic knife • Masking tape – four to six 3” pieces • Sketchbook paper (approx. 3 sheets, 9” x 12”) • Graphite sketching pencils – 2H, HB, 3B • Black Prismacolor pencil (the waxy type) • Prismacolor (waxy) boxed set – at least 12. 24 would be better! • Small round and flat watercolor brushes (these can be soft synthetics) – sizes 6 (flat) and 3 (round) • One small round WC brush – 0 or 00

Instructor will supply: Coquille Board, palette, pastels, gouache

The image demonstrates the student work of Professor Amanda Almon. The Top image was created by former student, Josh Maxwell, who had no prior 3D modeling experience. The bottom image represents Almon's current Fall 2017 semester 3D Modeling course at Rowan University. Come learn how to start 3D modeling in 3ds Max and Mudbox to improve your visualization skills and production techniques.

Amanda S Almon

Introduction to Autodesk 3dsMax Basic box Modeling with workflow for Organic Sculpting & 3D Painting in Mudbox.

Date: Friday 7/20/18

Length: Full day; 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Price: $100.00

Using basic Autodesk StudioMax and the Mudbox pipeline and workflow, participants will learn to digitally sculpt a specific dinosaur species using a base primitive box model template from 3ds Max, from references provided by the instructor. Users have the option to bring their own illustration of a dinosaur species to learn how to create a simple box model in 3ds Max. This will be translated into Mudbox for organic detailing, textures and painting. Users will then learn how to render the dinosaur species with lighting and cameras to create a simple animated turn table, and image stills, for future compositing in Adobe Photoshop. The goal of the workshop is to introduce and learn how to create a 3ds Max simple polygon box model base of a natural science subject, and to export this base mesh into Mudbox. Users will learn to work more intuitively to sculpt specific details and 3D custom painted textures. The workshop is designed for an introductory level, and no 3d modeling experience is necessary. The main goal is to familiarize participants with basic modeling, sculpting, painting, and rendering workflows from 3ds Max and Mudbox, and to learn a fundamental artistic and intuitive methods to create natural science 3d models.

Prerequisites: None

Materials: Create and bring a digital scan of your own dinosaur species illustration as a JPEG or PNG file format (optional). Computers with software and drawing tablets will be provided. You may bring your own if you prefer.

Instructor will supply: None

Eyed Click Beetle-Karen A Johnson, Polymer Clay

Karen A Johnson

Sculpting Beetles in Polymer and Wire

Date: Friday 7/20/18

Length: Full day; 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Price: $105.00 (includes materials fee)

Beetles comprise nearly 25% of all animal life and have an incredible amount of diversity in their forms. Come learn more about these incredible creatures by sculpting them in polymer clay. We will use the Eyed Click beetle as our example and learn how to translate 2D drawings into a realistic sculpture. Sculptures can be used to teach and show people the beauty of beetles. They can also be formed into wearable art. Polymer clay is a versatile medium that can mimic a wide variety of media and you will learn techniques that can be used to sculpt anything that you want.

Prerequisites: None

Materials: Materials: • Bring a box or plastic container to transport your 3" beetle home. • If you have sculpting tools, you are welcome to bring them. Students will be sharing.

Instructor will supply: I will be providing all sculpting and some tool supplies.

Digital watercolor

Justine Lee Hirten

Replicating traditional media effects in Photoshop

Date: Friday 7/20/18

Length: Full day; 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Price: $100.00

This workshop will demonstrate methods of replicating traditional mediums in a digital format using Photoshop software. We will discuss strategies for creating digital watercolor, graphite, and other painting styles while also spending time on learning how to add overall physicality to digital works.

Prerequisites: None

Materials: Computers with software and drawing tablets will be provided. You may bring your own if you prefer.

Instructor will supply: None

V. Altounian, ©2017

Let's take a look at the nuts and bolts behind Cinema 4D.

Valerie K Altounian

3D Principles with Cinema 4D

Date: Saturday 7/21/18

Length: Half day; 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

Price: $50.00

Are you interested in using 3D for illustrating? This class is for the fearful and the curious. You will learn the fundamental principles behind working in 3D, regardless of which program you decide to use beyond this class. We will be using Cinema 4D for the sake of example. The goal will be to orient yourself to the mentality of a 3D program in order to avoid common frustrations. This approach should equip you with the background to more confidently add 3D to your skillset. It will be technical in content and we will not fly through for the sake of walking away with a polished item. Instead, focus will be placed on learning the "how", so you can feel you understand what went into making your creation. The ideas you walk away with should be easily woven into your existing workflow.

Prerequisites: Comfort with creating art digitally (2D or 3D).

Materials: Computers with software and drawing tablets will be provided. You may bring your own if you prefer.

Instructor will supply: None

Bighorn sheep and Bongo 2.5 hour speed sculpts in ZBrush.

Quinn Burrell

Horns, Hooves, and Hair: Modeling Ungulates in ZBrush

Date: Saturday 7/21/18

Length: Full day; 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Price: $100.00

Participants will choose a hooved mammal to model in ZBrush and walk away with a full 3D model and portfolio-ready images. This workshop will cover techniques such as modeling from simple shapes, organic sculpting, and adding quick realistic textures, and may branch out to include painting and posing the final models. Participants will have the flexibility to follow along with exercise files or branch out with their new skills, so beginner to intermediate ZBrush users are welcome!

Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with any digital art program. Participants will also be asked to download and experiment with a free 3D software prior to the course.

Materials: Laptop or tablet to look up reference images. Otherwise, bring substantial reference images from different angles. Computers with software and drawing tablets will be provided. You may bring your own if you prefer.

Instructor will supply: Exercise files and custom brush/alpha files

©2011, Rhonda Nass

"Illuminated Lupine", Lupinus, Rhonda Nass, Coloured pencil on Stonehenge.

Rhonda J. Nass

Colored Pencil/Drama on Dark Paper

Date: Friday 7/20/18-Saturday 7/21/18

Length: 2-day; 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Price: $200.00

Contempoary colored pencil artworks have little resemblance to "what we learned in grade school." Whether a novice or veteran drawer, you'll discover and become proficient with a unique layering technique that showcases on dark paper a drama and detail beyond what you thought possible with colored pencil. We'll look at contemporary colored pencil artists, do an exercise introducing various stroke treatments to apply pencil to paper, design a customized personal composition, begin a color-match strip (allowing each person to accurately match final artwork color to reference color), and each artist will begin his/her original artwork using the new technique. There will be several demos and time enough to work on your personal drawing to build confidence to complete the drawing with excellence beyond the 2-day workshop.

Prerequisites: Ability to hold a pencil, see well and be patient.

Notice: Please bring $5 to $10 to purchase optional supplies.

Materials: Materials: • Paper: One sheet of paper is supplied through class fee. Please do not bring coloured papers prior to class since we will be determining the colour needed based on your chosen subject's colours. Colour paper will be available in class for $1.00/Canson or for $1.50/Stonehenge
• Pencils: One drawing pencil for pencil roughs (I usually use 2H, H, or HB) • Colored Pencils: Prismacolor or another professional brand of soft colored pencil. PRISMACOLOR #s: 2 white #938, 1 black #935, 1 slate grey #936 (color looks bluish), 1 clay rose #1017, 1 cream #914, 1 indigo blue #901, 1 terra cotta #944. Pencils beyond the basic palette above will be available in class @ $ 1.10/pencil. • The first paper sheet is included in class fee. Additional Canson sheet (appr.12x19) @ $1.00; Stonehenge black @ $1.50. You’ll pay on the last day of the 2-day class the total of a running tab throughout the workshop. • Other: One kneaded eraser, An excellent pencil sharpener, preferably electric. A clamp-on light or table lamp and magnifying glass for meticulous work. SOURCE MATERIAL (see below). Lots of patience. Bring your choice of subject matter. Multiple photographs (your own only) of the same subject is recommended. Dried specimens, OK. Living planst, possible, but technique is time-consuming and plants do not remain static.

Choose a non-complex subject matter with a close perspective--not more than 3 elements, and not too texturally complicated (e.g. a blossom with portion of leaf rather than a landscape.) Please bring 3 or 4 samples of your previous artwork. which we might share later. If you have any questions before our first class period, please feel free to call or email me at rnass@charter.net (rather than the website.) and include “GNSI” in the Subject line.

Instructor will supply: I will have a stash of pencils to fill in for those the students cannot find and bring from the supplies list. I'll have paper for all. I'll supply all color handouts but do appreciate black and white copies provided by GNSI (I'll provide masters).

©2014, Daniela Santamarina.

Building model for the double gatefold art about Trajan's Column.

Fernando Gomez Baptista

Infographic and Sculpture

Date: Friday 7/20/18 - Saturday 7/21/18

Length: 2-day; 8:30AM - 5:00PM

Price: $250.00 (includes materials fee)

During the two-day workshop, participants will go through the same process Fernando Baptista, renowned infographic artist at National Geographic, uses to produce his award-winning infographics for the magazine. Participants will learn how to gather useful reference materials to tell compelling stories that are informative and impactful to the audience, and sketch out storyboards and layouts for the infographic. Then, they will learn the technique of building clay models using sculpey and wireframe for the subject of interest, and by utilizing natural light, bringing the sculpture to life as incredible base references for the graphic. Participants will then bring these traditional assets to the digital platform to build the infographic, while learning the creative process of building the graphic, adding final touches and paying attention to crucial design details.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with Adobe photoshop and Illustrator

Materials: Paper, pencil, eraser, the basic stuff for the sketches. Computers with software and drawing tablets will be provided. You may bring your own if you prefer.

Instructor will supply: example sculptures and work - Sculpting material: Sculpey Aluminium wire Razor cutter Sculpting tools Toaster Oven Aluminum foil Etc.