online & in-studio art camp for kids 10-16 years old
Mountain View: 6/13-17 (full), 7/11-15
2105 Old Middlefield Way #D, Mountain View CA 94043 map
Online: 6/27-7/1, 8/8-12
San Francisco: 6/13-17 (full), 7/18-22 (full),
1603 Irving Street, San Francisco CA 94122 map
San Jose: 7/11-15, 7/25-29 (full),
700 S Winchester Blvd #15, San Jose CA 95128 map
The in-studio camps have been changed in compliance with the latest Health Orders of the City of San Francisco and Santa Clara County.
- Sitting in the studio is rearranged to assure 3 feet distance between the students.
- Studio is cleaned throughout regularly, with daily disinfection of active use areas (tables, doorknobs, sinks, etc) and shared art materials (if possible). Some art materials are provided for individual use (pencil/eraser/clipboards).
- Air purifier with filters is used in the studio during the camp.
- No students with cold-like symptoms are allowed to participate. Please stay home if feeling sick.
- Students will not be allowed to go out of the studio to buy lunch. Please bring a snack and lunch with you.
- Parents drop off and pick up students outside of the studio.
The online version of this camp will be held ONLINE via ZOOM video conference. Students will need access to a computer / tablet / phone with internet connection and zoom.us. Art materials are provided, will be shipped to your address if you purchase the camps 1 week prior to the camp start, or ready to pick up from one of our Bay Area studios.
Ever had an awesome idea for a story or a picture but didn't know how to make it happen? Come join fellow fans of comics and animated shows to take your drawing skills to the next level! This camp offers a freeform project-based experience where students can create comics and illustrations of their favorite characters, both original or from existing media, while being guided with advice for anatomy and proportion, posing, perspective, composition, color choice, and the process from sketching to inking to coloring.
Sign up times are available for half-day (choice between morning 9am-12pm and afternoon 12:30pm-3:30pm), or full-day (9am - 3:30pm). Full day sign-ups offer more lab time available with the teacher, lectures will be repeated for the afternoon arrivals to keep everyone on the same page from day to day.
We are not offering refunds for new purchases. However, full credit towards future bookings or transfer to another camp/class will be offered for any cancellations made up to 24 hrs before the camp or class start.
If camp or class is cancelled due to gathering restrictions or shelter in place order placed by state or county authorities, similar online camp/class will be held instead. Students can cancel their registration if online learning does not work for them, with the full credit towards future in person camp/class.
Day 1: Introduction
Introduction to drawing people. We will go over proportions, structure, and tips for drawing gestures and dynamic poses. The focus will be to create a character or a group of characters each student will use to base their own story around.
At this point, students will also brainstorm the plot of their stories that they want to create a comic about. Anything between episodic comics and a continuous story is acceptable. Today is mostly a day for illustrations and brainstorming.
Day 2: Sketching and planning!
Composition, Panelling (camera angles), and perspective. Today, we will make the first page of a comic, just to give it a try! We will be doing “choose your own adventure”, where the comic ends on a choice and the second page is decided by a class vote (comics are passed around and tallied for votes). At this point, just illustrations are also fine.
Day 3: Backgrounds and color/value
After creating characters and a story, it’s important not to neglect the environment! Color and tone are important storytelling tools. In addition to backgrounds, colors, and lighting tips, we will go over non-standard panelling and tips for colors in visual storytelling.
Today, we begin drafting the pages for our comics! They will be done on 8x11” sheets of paper, folded halfway for a book-format. Today, the goal is to get the entire comic sketched out (or two pages complete).
Day 4: Continue the story!
Start with warm-up sketches and gestures using reference -- which can be turned into design projects.
Monster and fantasy creature designs! The we will go over tips for feathers, scales, fur, etc.
Continue working on the comic! The goal is to get another two pages done. Hopefully, the story should be complete now, but if not, there is still another day to finish it.
Day 5: Final touches!
Today, we finish the book completely. Create a cover for the little booklet and put on the finishing touches!
The rest of the day is free-draw. Students are encouraged to create fanart of each others’ work or create crossover short comics.
Topic is ‘alternate universe’! What would the character look like but in a different era or world? Or a fantasy race mashup? Draw it out!