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Fantasy Sketch Club Ages 14+

Class
Michelle Baker
Average rating:
4.9
Number of reviews:
(89)
Bring your art to the club! We share our O.C's (Original Characters) & fantasy based art. This club includes inspiration & conceptual sketch prompts. NOT an overly instructional class but a club offering ideas, art tips & peer camaraderie.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 11
This class is taught in English.
  • Sketch Club is a place to explore concepting and sharpen drawing skills. Topics we discuss range include such things as sources of inspiration, media formats, drawing tips, resources and managing our habits such as self-critique and goal setting. The objective of this club is to blend peer-to-peer inspiration with instructor's tips, guidance and resources to create an encouraging and enjoyable club. Practice leads to mastery!
In my classes and clubs, Character Design tends to be a very popular theme. Fantasy characters often have swords, lasers, light sabers, clubs, other weapons, magic amulets, potions, or they may have strange bodily features like fangs or claws or robotic parts. 

I am not opposed to allowing students to share illustrations of this nature. 
It is ok for a drawn or animated character to be holding a weapon IN A NON-THREATENING POSE. Context is key.

HOWEVER.... it is NOT allowed or acceptable to present works showing ACTS of lethal violence or excessive gore. For example: a character can be in a dynamic action pose, throwing a punch or using a shield, but it is NOT okay for a student to present a work that shows a particularly violent attack by one character on another. This can sometimes be a bit of a "gray" area but I want to recognize, here, that DRAWING SKILLS should always be the focus of what we create and share, rather than expressions of violence or excessive gore.

It is VERY important that my class members exhibit respect and sensitivity to one another. What might be "cool" to one could potentially be an upsetting emotional trigger to another person. 
We do not want to create an upsetting environment. 
We're here to have fun, be creative, be social, and get better and better at drawing.
If ever a learner is upset by any presentations, I beg that they reach out to  me privately so that I know as soon as possible.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Homework
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: Homework is optional. I may suggest a challenge for them to try for the next meeting but that would be a suggestion and not a requirement. Hopefully learners will be motivated to draw their fantasy creatures as a way to combat stress. There are no deadlines to fulfill with this. Typically, peer camaraderie is likely to incentivize learners to make progress on their creative endeavors, too. Learners will be in an environment with other fans of fantasy art and often feed off of the excitement and creative inspiration of one another.
Assessment
Frequency: available upon request
Details: Over time, students will gain critiquing skills and learn the very important difference being "critquing" and being overly "critical." My goal is for my learners to develop tools to combat impatience and frustration; to push for improvement yet respect the whole process along the way. Ultimately, "progress" is understood as recognizing what is "good" work and what might make it "better" and being able to apply that mental approach in a productive way.
Supply List
Set of Artist Pencils (4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B)
Good quality Pencil Erasers (rubber, gum or kneaded)
Blending Tortillions (Paper blending sticks common in many basic pencil art starter kits)
Pencil sharpener

Suggested: 
Dry Media Sketch Pad like this:
https://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-400-series-sketch-pads/


Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
In my classes and clubs, Character Design tends to be a very popular theme. Fantasy characters often have swords, lasers, light sabers, clubs, other weapons, magic amulets, potions, or they may have strange bodily features like fangs or claws or robotic parts. 

I am not opposed to allowing students to share illustrations of this nature. 
It is ok for a drawn or animated character to be holding a weapon IN A NON-THREATENING POSE. Context is key.

HOWEVER.... it is NOT allowed or acceptable to present works showing ACTS of lethal violence or excessive gore. For example: a character can be in a dynamic action pose, throwing a punch or using a shield, but it is NOT okay for a student to present a work that shows an attack by one character on another. This can sometimes be a bit of a "gray" area but I want to recognize, here, that DRAWING SKILLS should always be the focus of what we create and share, rather than expressions of violence or excessive gore.

It is VERY important that my class members exhibit respect and sensitivity to one another. What might be "cool" to one could potentially be an upsetting emotional trigger to another person. 
We do not want to create an upsetting environment. 
We're here to have fun, be creative, be social, and get better and better at drawing.
If ever a learner is upset by any presentations, I beg that they reach out to  me privately so that I know as soon as possible.
Joined September, 2019
4.9
89reviews
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in Music or Theatre or Arts from Notre Dame College
My students learn about art and design through the perspective of pop culture and personal passions as we work through skill drills that sharpen artistic abilities. My lessons are built to keep the FUN in fundamentals. 

MY PROFESSIONAL... 
Group Class

$17

weekly
1x per week
40 min

Completed by 102 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
7-16 learners per class

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