Course Dates

July 13 – Sept. 14 2024

Ideation & Visual Storytelling

Instructed by Ashly Lovett

10 Weeks · 23+ Live Classes · Advanced Level

All the tools you need to accelerate your skills as an artist.

Course Details

Don’t run the risk of making beautiful images your audience can’t feel. Add a whole dimension to your work with Ideation & Visual Storytelling, a course designed to put the power of narrative in your hands. Great visual storytelling is an invaluable and highly sought-after skill. Emotion, tone, and feeling can be brought to life by a skilled illustrator. With thoughtful design and skill, your work can shed light on new ideas, perspectives, and set the tone for powerful story that resonates and connects with audiences.

This course explores the art of developing a compelling and engaging story, a critical component of visual narrative. This skill can be applied to all corners of the creative industry. Each class includes lectures, demonstrations, critiques, or projects.

Your mentor—a highly sought after illustrator and painter in the publishing and fantasy art industry—will teach you how to shed light on new ideas and perspectives through your work, giving you the tools to connect deeply with audiences.

Classes are hosted weekly, live and online. Your mentor will lecture on technique, skill, and the history of illustration. Added to that, you’ll join in for demonstrations, critiques, and Q&A sessions, with weekly homework assignments.

Key Takeaways From The 10 Week Course

  • Mood, emotion and tone

  • Conveying narrative through a single image and a series of images

  • Visual problem solving

  • Visual communication

  • Working with an art director

  • The books every illustrator needs to read

  • How to build a portfolio

  • What freelance jobs generally entail

  • Networking and marketing


July 13 –  Sept. 14, 2024


10 weeks (23 Live Classes)

Live Classes

Saturdays, 10am – 1pm PT



Course Outline

Meet the Class Mentor Ashly Lovett

Known for her captivatingly ethereal artwork in chalk pastel, Ashly Lovett is an illustrator, writer and gallery artist. Inspired by folklore and mythology, she hopes to bewitch her viewers with a deep sense of wonder and dark nostalgia. She has done licensed work for FOX Searchlight, Jim Henson Company, Adult Swim, Netflix, SEGA, and more. She received her BA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design and has been published in Spectrum Fantasy Art Annual 22-27, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, etc.


Learn from Top-tier Guest Artists

Seven world-renowned artists and directors visit this class every semester. Gain access to their craft, process, and industry wisdom.

What makes this Mentorship unique?

As a mentorship student, you will gain access to a vast wealth of resources to better your understanding and improve your skills. You will be paired with a high-caliber professional, who will be with you every step of the way.

Live Classes

Every class is delivered live and is fully interactive with lectures, demos, critiques, and guest speakers. Consider this your front row seat.

Connect on Discord

laptop image of zoom art class for illustrators and concept artists

Study Hall

guest speaker events with comic book artist, Afua Richardsons

Guest Speakers


Jumpstart your process and fast-track the your skills

Students create and refine finished work worthy of a career-ready portfolio.

  • Shanfan Haung

  • Adelia Koldarova

  • Aidan Holloway-Bidwell

  • Adelia Koldarova

Student Testimonials

This course provided me a window through which I saw how professional illustrators work. Observing our teachers, listening to the guest speakers, participating in the study halls to share our work all helped me to have a realistic expectation on what it takes to become a professional artist. I’d recommend anyone who considers making a living as a visual artist to take part in Visual Arts Passage!
Shanfan HuangIdeation & Visual Storytelling Student
This was a deep dive that really helped me push boundaries.  I was encouraged to experiment with mediums and styles, developing habits and finding alternative approaches to composing professional art.
Rick StriekIdeation & Visual Storytelling Student

Payment Installments Available

Even though our courses are the best value, with the high caliber instruction and personalized mentoring, there are finance options available to make the mentorship program financially possible for as many artists as possible. Select Shop Pay or Affirm at checkout to view options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ideation & Visual Storytelling is the second course in the Illustration Program. This course is the perfect 10-week long bootcamp for artists who already have a foundation of skills, but are working to develop their abilities with visual narrative and personal voice.

It's the best course for students who have already attended Process: Skill & Craft or relatively advanced illustration students. We do not recommend beginner artists start with Ideation & Visual Storytelling.

In most instances, we recommend starting with the first course in the program. If you are an experienced artist, with substantial training or skills, you do have the option to test into more advanced courses. If you need help determining if you should skip the first course in the program, please send a link to you work to hello@visualartspassage.com and explain which advanced course you hope to attend.

The Mentorship program is a "get out of it, what you put in" experience. That being said, our courses are structured to accommodate individuals with a busy schedule. We recommend setting aside a minimum of 3 hours for your live course and 2 hours to complete assignments and course work. We highly encourage students to commit more time if their schedule allows.

We encourage students to attend the livestream whenever their schedule permits, however, this is not required nor is it essential to fully benefit from the personalized coaching and mentoring offered by this course. Every class we host is recorded and available on-demand after the broadcast. You will still receive personalized feedback on work submitted before the livestream.

Yes! This course is designed truly as a mentorship course. Your mentor will review work you submit for the course and provide feedback during or after class to help you progress, improve and develop your skills and portfolio.

Yes, all classes are available for download during your enrollment as a mentorship program student.

We recommend students enroll in only one mentorship course per semester. We highly recommend taking mini-courses, such as Color Theory or Figure Drawing in addition to Mentorship courses.

Need Some Guidance?

We can help you with any questions related to enrollment, portfolio development, and the student experience.

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