Digital Illustration: Character Creation Studio

Overview

This next level course is for artists who are comfortable with, or have a basic understanding of, photoshop and/or procreate, and have an original character design ready for adventure!

The class will be divided into groups, and student “adventurers” will be tasked with making their way through a mysterious Adventure set in the “Fae Woods”!

Adventurers will be guided through an interactive experience in which their characters explore a mystical forest. Characters will discover secrets, encounter battles with magical creatures, and find the way back to their own realm in this week long adventure!

Each student will roll the dice to determine how well their character does in their encounter, and they will have to work as a team to solve the puzzles and get to the treasure at the end of the story!

In-class use of Drawing Tablet, Stylus, and all other class materials are included.

Ages: 13-18

Dates: June 24 – 28, 2024

9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Tuition: $454

Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building


Program Faculty

Sina Ouerghi

Freelance Illustrator

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Ms. Ouerghi has drawn and told stories from a very young age and pursued a career in art as a result. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in Media Arts & Animation with a focus in Illustration & Storytelling. Since then she has been a freelance illustrator, a teaching assistant at GMU as well as The Art Institute of Washington. Ms. Ouerghi is also the Volunteer Coordinator of H Street Festival and a Silver Level sponsor for Stop The Stigma (Texas Chapter) which provides counseling to those in need.

Dr. Justin P. Sutters

Program Director
Assistant Dean of Research and Assessment, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Professor, Art Education
Director, Master of Arts in Education (MAT)

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Dr. Sutters was a K-12 art educator in an urban school district and also taught at an international school in São Paulo, Brazil. He attained his doctorate degree from the Ohio State University receiving national recognition for his dissertation. He currently serves as the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Art Education at George Mason University and is an Associate Professor in the School of Art as well as an Affiliate Faculty in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). He recently completed a two-year term as the Faculty Fellow for the SACSCOC Reaffirmation Committee and also another two-year term as the Stearns Center Faculty Fellow for Faculty Writing Support.

Dr. Sutters is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at the state, national and international level in Brazil, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He served as the Chair of the Professional Learning through Research (PLR) working group of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Research Commission and in other capacities within NAEA. He served on the review board of Art Education and Visual Arts Research and has been a contributing member of the Data Visualization Working Group. His research focuses on pre-service practices, teacher licensure, national demography data, comparative studies/Brazilian studies, and theories pertaining to space and place. In 2019, he received a competitive grant from the National Art Education Foundation pertaining to his academic genealogy project and data visualization. In the summer of 2022, Dr. Sutters was selected to participate in the School for Art Leaders at Crystal Bridges, AK, and also was appointed to a two-year term with the NAEA Research Commission and he also attended the annual meeting in Park City, UT. He also was awarded an Emerging Administrator Fellowship from the National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA) and will attend the annual conference in October,

He teaches numerous courses in the MAT program, is the Advisor for the NAEA Student Chapter, and mentors students on their research capstone. His studio practice and background currently centers around printmaking and he co-teaches a summer graduate course called Print/Paper/Books. He is the School of Art Liaison and an Advisory Board Member for the Mason Community Arts Academy, where he also teaches Portfolio Preparation courses in the summer for high school students.


Notes

  • Please note that group classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not reached.
  • Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding registration, withdrawals, refunds, and more for summer group classes.
  • All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the class starts with all necessary details.
  • Online registration closes 2 business days before the first class, however space may still be available. Please contact academy@gmu.edu for more information. A $10 late registration fee may apply.
  • For additional information, please contact the Academy at academy@gmu.edu.