Manchester Craftsmen's Guild


Portfolio Development
Mondays, Sept 15 – Nov 17 (10 classes)
Teaching Artist: Ben Pyles
Open To: Juniors and Seniors
Whether you have already started creating your portfolio or need some help getting one together, this class will help you put together a portfolio that will blow colleges away! Students will continue to refine their personal work and style, as well as identify what their portfolio might be lacking and create work to fill those gaps. At the end of the course students will have a strong portfolio, and will be invited to join us on our trip to National Portfolio Day in Baltimore, to have their portfolio reviewed by colleges.

Illustrious Illustration
Tuesdays, Sept 16 – Nov 18 (8 classes*)
*No class on Nov 4, Nov 11
Teaching Artist: Ben Pyles
Open To: All Experience Levels
Learn the ins and outs of screen printing through the art of Illustration! Over the course of this class students will learn how to create prints that use multiple colors, as well as clever tricks to help get the most out of their limited palettes. The projects in this class will be geared towards helping students learn how create narrative in their work, leading towards creating multi-colored posters that tell a story.

Cutout Animation
Wednesdays, Sept 17 – Nov 19 (10 classes)
Teaching Artist: Di-ay Battad
Open To: All Experience Levels
Use paper, fabric, photographs, and silhouettes to make puppets, props, and backgrounds for animating. One of the oldest methods of animating, the aesthetic of cutout animation is used today in South Park and Nintendo’s Paper Mario series. We will be screen printing, hand drawing, sewing, and working in small groups. We will also discuss storyboarding, timing, sound, and loops. Sign up if you are interested in a very hands-on approach to making things move on screen. No drawing or animation experience is necessary.

Drawing Portraits
Thursdays, Sept 18 – Nov 20 (8 classes*)
*No class on Sept 25, Oct 16
Teaching Artist: Di-ay Battad
Open To: All Experience Levels
Learn and improve essential drawing skills by drawing portraits using charcoal, graphite, and wet mediums. Whether you’re interested in character design, fashion design, illustration, or drawing or painting in general, the studies and exercises taught in this course will serve you well. We’ll start by learning to draw largely and loosely, assessing space, shape, and proportions; then continue with value, line, composition, and more. In addition to practicing with sketches, each student will complete at least one finished drawing in the medium of their choice.

We Offer:

• An environment that is a safe, nurturing sanctuary for creative expression;
• A climate that instills pride, personal value and hope;
• Student strengths are used to determine direction and goals;
• Relationships are the heart of the process;
• Successes are celebrated.

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Our varied studio courses and workshops offer great opportunities for:
• skill development;
• critical thinking;
• experiential learning;
• preparation for careers and higher education;
• individualized mentoring;
• portfolio development;
• educational travel;
• service learning;
• scholarship help.

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