Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Frigid Zones Samples

Frigid Zones- Penguin Diorama
Tomorrow I have a half day camp with the theme of "Frigid Zones" at the Cary Arts Center, so I made this sample colored sketch on canvas board for show and tell.
Frigid Zones- Penguin Diorama
Also cut some watercolor paper into pop-up diorama bases since they are such a natural fit for ice formations.
Frigid Zones- Penguin Diorama
Cut some penguins on card stock, and made a quick demo project without any coloring nor decorations. Will encourage students to color them and their background with some cool colors and perhaps add some snowflake patterns to the background with silver paint markers.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Upcoming Drawing Classes at the Cary Arts Center for Winter/Spring 2015

For parents' convenience, I am posting the schedule of upcoming classes at the Cary Arts Center. It includes class names and their registration codes, so that should make it a little bit easier to find rather than plodding through the entire paper catalog.

Instructor: Lung, Alberto
Session: 2015 Winter/Spring Registration Session    

Graphic Storytelling: Manga Style (age 14 & up) 

82632b- Graphic Storytelling: Manga Style (age 14 & up)No class on Jan 19. Mon, Jan12-Feb2,7:00PM-9:00PM [3 meetings]
82652 - Graphic Storytelling: Manga Style (age 14 & up)
Mon, Feb9-Feb23, 7:00PM-9:00PM [3 meetings]
82653 - Graphic Storytelling: Manga Style (age 14 & up)
Mon, Mar2- Mar16, 7:00PM-9:00PM [3 meetings]
82654 - Graphic Storytelling: Manga Style (age 14 & up)
Mon, Apr6-Apr20, 7:00PM-9:00PM [3 meetings]
82655 - Graphic Storytelling: Manga Style (age 14 & up)
Mon, May4- May18, 7:00PM-9:00PM [3 meetings]

Saturday Teen Classes and Workshops - (age 11-16

82619 - Cartoon Sketching: License to Draw Everything (age 11-15)  Try new art materials to supercharge and refine your current sketching skills while expanding your visual library with the classic archetypes found in Anime and Manga. All sketching levels welcomed since instructor provides individual guidance. You are welcomed to bring your favorite sketchbook and sketching tools.
Sat, Feb21, 12:15PM-3:15PM [1 meeting]
82650 - Cartoon Sketching: License to Draw Everything (age 11-15) Sat, Mar21, 12:15PM-3:15PM [1 meeting]
82651 - Cartoon Sketching: License to Draw Everything (age 11-15) Sat, Apr25, 12:15PM-3:15PM [1 meeting]

Saturday Youth Workshops and Classes - (age 8-12) 

82637 - Fantasy Creature Design (age 8-12) Design and sketch creatures typical of Japanese comics. New and experienced drawing students are welcomed due to the one-on-one instruction.Sat, Apr11 - Apr11, 12:15PM-3:15PM [1 meeting]

Half-Day Weekday Art Workshops - (age 5-11) 

83085 - Robots, Ninjas, & Monsters (age K5-11) T4  Learn about the three classic archetypes that often appear in Japanese comics as heroes and villains. Learn to sketch your own versions of these archtypes to include in your booklet.
Wed, Jan7,  1:00PM-4:00PM [1 meeting]
83086 - Robots, Ninjas, & Monsters (age K5-11) T3
Wed, Feb4,  1:00PM-4:00PM [1 meeting]
83087 - Robots, Ninjas, & Monsters (age K5-11) T2 
Wed, Mar4,  1:00PM-4:00PM [1 meeting]
83088 - Robots, Ninjas, & Monsters (age K5-11) T1
Wed, Mar11, 1:00PM-4:00PM [1 meeting]

Cartoon Sketching Anime & Manga Characters and Creatures-(age 5-12)

82611 - No class Jan 19, 2015. Mon, Jan12 - Feb2, 5:15PM-6:45PM  
        [3 meetings]
82646 - Mon, Feb9 - Feb23,  5:15PM -  6:45PM [3 meetings]
82647 - Mon, Mar2 - Mar16,  5:15PM -  6:45PM [3 meetings]
82648 - Mon, Apr6 - Apr20,  5:15PM -  6:45PM [3 meetings]
82659 - Mon, May4 - May18,  5:15PM -  6:45PM [3 meetings]

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving Acrylic Painting Session with the Kids

Once Thanksgiving lunch was over, what better way to spend the afternoon than experimenting with acrylic paints.

I used my Liquitex paint markers to make some underdrawings on some canvas boards for the kids to color with Liquitex Soft Body and Daler Rowney Simply acrylics.

Just make sure to have plenty of tubs with water for rinsing and diluting paints to the desired flow consistency. Having the right size of brushes that match the size of the canvas boards available makes for a more efficient painting session.

Smaller round brushes worked well for smaller surfaces.

Large wash brushes are the more efficient choice for covering larger canvas boards, and acrylic paint markers came in handy again to restore some of the linear sketch marks on top of large areas of homogeneous color like the dragon body above.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Beginner Acrylic Painting Sessions with the Kids

Got these painting supplies from Target, so that my nephews could do some acrylic painting during their last visit.

To complete our setup we added a plastic palette, a brush cleaning bucket, pad of watercolor paper, and some canvas panels

The youngest one limited his palette to his favorite color blue, and its complementary orange color.

The oldest asked for an outline to color, so I used a Liquitex acrylic paint marker to doodle a basic dragon head.

Wasted no time in completing his first acrylic coloring project.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Lego Movie Pencil Case and 4-pack Erasers set

Found these Lego stationery items on clearance at Target. Figured my nephew will enjoy them since he loves playing with Lego.

For its bulk, the pencil box has a pretty small holding capacity, Its shallow bottom can hold a handful of pens or pencils, a few erasers, and perhaps a wedge pencil sharpener. It works well as an organizing tray on my inclined drawing board. Suitable storage for a very compact sketching kit or a few knick-knacks.

If thrown inside a carrying bag, you might want to use a rubber band to keep it tightly closed. Its snap closure works, but is not particularly strong. These novelty plastic pencil cases are fairly sturdy, but can only hold a few tools. Worth getting if you find them on sale.

The eraser blocks work well enough and look very much like a regular 8-stud regular Lego brick. They are not stackable since their bottom is pretty flat with no holes. Nice novelty gift for Lego fans.