Illustration for Adults and Teens: A Visual Story Telling Series


We’ve been busy creating a new series of workshops at Cloud 9, taught by professional illustrator, Tara Larsen Chang. We are proud to offer:

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Illustration for Adults and Teens: A Visual Story Telling Series

This series of workshops teaches skills and concepts that are applicable to any type of art making: any medium, any subject and any project, from a single painting, to a gallery series, to an entire children’s book or portfolio. These are the skills that artists utilize to create strong images. Come stretch your artistic sensibilities with Tara.

Appropriate for all skill levels with some art experience background. Not appropriate for complete beginners.

In the Fundamentals series, Tara will cover foundational concepts necessary to produce creative and impactful art and illustration. Three mini-workshops, each 3 weeks long, are prerequisites for taking the advanced Visual Story-Telling workshop, unless you have samples of your work that demonstrate that you are familiar with the concepts being covered.

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Illustration Fundamentals 101 Intro to Composition & Design
January 11, 18, 25 
Fridays 10am-12:30pm or 4pm-6:30pm

In this workshop we will cover basic elements and principles of design: from space, shape, and balance to unity and variety. Learn how to set a mood, convey an emotion, and lead the viewer’s eye to create images with impact. $100

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Illustration Fundamentals 102 Intro to Value & Thumbnails
February 8, 15, 22 
Fridays 10am-12:30pm or 4pm-6:30pm

In this session we learn to identify and see values in existing paintings and compositions, construct a value scale, and how to experiment with value patterns in tiny thumbnails as a foundation to a strong composition. $100

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Illustration Fundamentals 103 Intro to Color & Comps
March 8, 15. 22 
Fridays 10am-12:30pm or 4pm-6:30pm

This workshop will emphasize the use of color in composition – from palette choices to some basics of color theory, mixing, and mapping. $100


Visual Story-Telling – 8 Weeks From Idea to Finished Piece
April 5-May 24 
Fridays 10am - 12:30pm or 4pm-6:30pm

(Prerequisites: Illustration Fundamentals 101, 102, and 103 – or portfolio equivalent).

In our final workshop of the illustration series, Tara will teach creative approaches to visual rendering that incorporate the skills learned in the Fundamentals workshops to help you move beyond your reference and realize the vision in your imagination. We will progress from initial concepts to studies and comprehensives, to finished piece. At the end of the workshop we will celebrate with an exhibit featuring the finished work by the participants. $300

To register 

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Charlene Freeman