Digital Illustration: Character Creation Studio
Illustrate your favorite Disney, Manga, and Anime characters or create your very own! Students will learn the fundamentals of proportions and facial expressions while using color theory to build backgrounds and interactions that bring their characters to life. By the end of the week, each student will have the opportunity to produce 1-2 fully fleshed out digital art pieces featuring their own original characters!
Access to Adobe Creative Cloud and a Drawing Tablet/Stylus is included. Students are required to create a free login to access. More information will be provided before the first class.
This program is the perfect first step for our Cartoon Animation Studio Online. Digital Illustration students will learn to animate their unique works of art!
Dates: June 26 – 30, 2023
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building
Covid Safety Information
- Mason Community Arts Academy follows all safety protocols required by George Mason University. Visit our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.
- Mask & PPE Requirements—Masks are optional, but strongly recommended, for students and faculty in all programming. *See University Policy on Face Coverings for full details.
- George Mason Offers Covid Vaccine Appointments
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.
Assistant Dean of Research and Assessment, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Professor, Art Education
Director, Master of Arts in Education (MAT)
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.
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