ONLINE: Illustrating Life: Creating Characters + Action (Ages 15–18)

How do artists come up with interesting and meaningful characters that come to life on a page? Learn how to develop ideas for a series of narrative illustrations from start to finish. Together, we will develop plans, experiment with character creation, and create a sequence to develop visual stories. Using colored pencil, pen, ink, and watercolor, you will practice drawing and painting techniques that illustrators use. We'll pay special attention to techniques that depict emotion, gesture, movement and action. We will utilize both imagination and observation of photographs as visual references in developing human facial expressions and gesture. Each student will create sketches, storyboards and a series of narrative illustrations that move a character through a visual space, and bring their unique characters to life! Finally, we will explore connections between text and image; generating text to enhance the meaning of your finished works.

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  • This class counts as a core class in our Art League Certificate Program.

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About the Instructor

Caryn Blum

Caryn Blum is an Artist Educator that earned her B.F.A in Fine Arts Painting from The Rhode Island School of Design, and her MA.ED from Seton Hall University. She earned the Florence Lief award for Painting as an alumnus of RISD Painting. She has worked as a Visual Artist and Illustrator since 2000 and became a published children’s book author in 2020. Caryn has taught Visual Art with every age level from 3-year-olds to adults and has worked as a certified K-12 Art teacher in many places throughout New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Wisconsin. You can find her books for sale on Amazon, and in a children’s bookstore called Novel-Bay Booksellers. Caryn’s work has been exhibited throughout the country, in museums and galleries such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Corcoran Museum of Art, MOCA of Los Angeles, Blue Mountain Gallery of Chelsea NYC, Baton Rouge Center for Contemporary Art, Kohler Art Center, Princeton Day School, Fox Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Woods Gerry Gallery of RISD, and in Pont-Aven School of Art in Pont-Aven France. She has continued to strive to make connections to places that respect the Fine Art of Illustrators, the creativity of all age levels, and the work of artists who love teaching.


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ONLINE: Illustrating Life: Creating Characters + Action (Ages 15–18)

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July 12 - August 164 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Day: Tue
Tuition: $145.00
Member Tuition: $130.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Caryn Blum