Foundations Course

Classes Start July 6




About the Course


35% OFF

This hit-the-ground-running course is perfect for beginner artists who plan to attend our Illustration or Concept Art Programs. Foundations is the forerunner to both programs courses. This class is perfect for artists working to develop an advanced comprehension of illustration. Every student is assigned a working professional as a mentor. This mentor shares all of the tools you need to accelerate as an artist.

The course covers sketching, drawing, and the necessary skills to understand the foundations of illustration. This course is led by one industry-vetted mentor. Foundations is a suggested preliminary course for both our Illustration and Concept Art Programs. This course is recommended for novice and beginner artists. Classes are never more than 7 to 15 students.

  • Perfect for Beginners

  • Basic skills and techniques

  • Working with composition

  • Drawing from memory, life and reference


+ John English


John English is an accomplished painter, illustrator, and is the co-founder and program director of Visual Arts Passage. He is also the founder and director of The Illustration Academy.

He has received numerous awards from organizations including New York Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Graphis and Print Magazine. John’s work has graced the cover of Newsweek, the pages of Esquire, Money, and Essence, and the publications of Penguin Books, Bantam Books, Hitachi, 7-Up, NCAA, Sprint Corporation, and the Knoll Furniture Group.


+ Week 1...


Discussion: Proper use of sketchbook, Process, Drawing from memory and reference, Media demonstration
Homework: Assignment #1 - Observational Portrait
Delivery: Live and online
Class Length: 3 hours

+ Week 2...


Discussion: Shadows, edges, Nupastel figure drawing demonstration. Assignment #1 Critique.
Homework:Assignment #2 - Figure drawing with reference
Delivery: Live and online
Class Length: 3 hours

+ Week 3...


Discussion: Media demonstration (water based, water color, gouache, acrylics), Value control, silhouette, developing thumbnails. Assignment #2 Critique.
Homework: Assignment 3 - Still life
Delivery: Live and online
Class Length: 3 hours

+ Week 4...


Discussion: Shape design, light & dark pattern, division of space. Developing images from thumbnails. Media demonstration: (Oil based mediums, retaining a drawing). Assignment #3 Critique.
Homework: Assignment 4: Landscape
Delivery: Live and online
Class Length: 3 hours

+ Week 5...


Discussion:- Point-Of-View, identifying and establishing design, basic color, Media Demonstration: (Oil based medium, from out of focus to in focus) Assignment #4 Critique.
Delivery: Live and online
Class Length: 3 Hours