Alright! Class is officially 'in session'. Ive added a day or two buffer in case people aren't online - after that, it will be 7 days between classes!
Ok this first thread is here to expound the curriculum, to set the goals and milestones for the group, and to explain the order in which things will be tackled.
Please keep in mind that we are trying to cover a lot of material in a short amount of time. For the sake of everyone's sanity, this is important, but its important to appreciate the brevity of this class and make sure to follow up with further study after the class is over. There are many topics in here that could have months or years devoted to studying - so please take what you gain here and push yourself even further!
Without further ado --
It is important to establish a set of goals or outcomes for the class so that there are landmarks to judge process by. In reality, the length of this class is actually a good deal of time - so we should be able to build a good body of work up.
Here are the three universal goals for the course:
- Each student should aim to produce a professional entry-level portfolio of work by revising pieces as they learn. This portfolio should be in printable format, and consist of 10+ pieces of finished work.
- Each student, over the course of the class, should develop a mature understanding of their own working method - and become comfortable within their working space. This understanding of their own process will enable them to continue producing artwork fluidly and fearlessly on an ongoing basis.
- Finally each student should learn how to critique the work of others, and their own work, with honesty and accuracy. Building a critical eye is an important part of the classroom environment.
Each week's work will consist of a study task(s) and a production task (artwork). For each of these, students will recieve a Fail, Pass, or Professional grade.
Fail = Student needs to work more on this area before including the piece in a portfolio.
Pass = Student has succesfully completed the task and it is ready for portfolio use.
Professional = The piece of work is impressive, and should be highlighted as a strength in the portfolio.
More importantly, there will be opportunities at different points throughout the curriculum for revision to be done on the work, and for criticism to be taken into account to make sure artworks are pushed as far as they can be. Students who get a 'Fail' grade on any artwork are encouraged to correct mistakes and polish the artwork up by the end of the course; the marks can be changed.
Finally, each student will recieve a thorough feedback document at the end of the course. This will be written by myself, and two other professionals and we will all offer honest feedback from the point of view of an employer viewing your portfolio.
I have compiled a list of what I believe the ten most important elements of designing environments are - and each one will be a basis for a weekly focus task. Below is a weekly breakdown of what will be tackled, and what will be produced.
Week Study Task Production Task
1 Linear Perspective Cinematic shot 1
2 Atmospheric Perspective Cinematic shot 2
3 Colour Theory Cinematic shot 3
4 Design Theory Cinematic shot 4
5 Time and Weather Effects Modify Cinematic shot 4
6 Architectural style Building design sheet 1
7 Texture and Materials Cinematic shot 5
8 Composition Cinematic Shot 6
9 Plan/Ortho Views Plan view shot 1
10 Idea Development Concept development sheet
11 Final Production time Final concept cinematic shot 1
12 Final Production time Final concept cinematic shot 2
Each study task will require minimum 3 hours, and each production task should take about 7 hours to paint up. Production tasks will have topics set to ensure that people work inside and outside their subjective comfort zones.
I welcome all feedback on this curriculum and if there is a subject you would like to tackle that you dont see here, we can probably switch it out or squeeze it into something else. Don't hesitate to let me know.
I have to head out again now, so I will be uploading the first lesson when i get home. There will also be one or two more organisational niggles to go through then, and we will begin!!