Courses


Cloud Shops: Excel for Cartoonists and Drawing Human Anatomy

Cloud Shop, Cloudscape’s series of free comic workshops, continues next week with two classes!

Excel for Cartoonists
On Wednesday, bookkeeper (and Cloudscape treasurer) Anat Rabkin will teach you how to use Microsoft Excel to manage your art career and keep track of your self-employment income.

Time: September 6 (Wednesday), 7:30-8:30
Place: Cloudscape HQ. 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver.

To register, go to City of Vancouver: Excel for Cartoonists and then check out the Cloud Shop: Excel for Cartoonists event on Facebook.

Drawing Human Anatomy
On Thursday, artists Jade McGilvray and Hannah Myers will show you how to improve your ability to draw the human figure by going over how humans are actually put together.

Time: September 7 (Thursday), 7:30-8:30
Place: Cloudscape HQ. 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver.

To register, go to City of Vancouver: Drawing Human Anatomy and then check out the Cloud Shop: Drawing Human Anatomy Facebook event.

For more details on future Comic Shop talks, check out Cloudscape Cloud Shops.

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Cloud Shop: Sculpture with Jade McGilvray

Cloud Shop, Cloudscape’s series of free comic workshops, continues next Thursday. In this Cloud Shop, Jade McGilvrary shows you how to create sculptures for art references, wargaming, or just for fun!

Time: August 24 (Thursday), 7:30-8:30
Place: Cloudscape HQ. 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver.

To register, go to City of Vancouver: Sculpture and then check out the Cloud Shop: Sculpture event on Facebook.  For more details on future Comic Shop talks, check out Cloudscape Cloud Shops.

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Reminder: Langara College’s Comic Classes Starting Next Month

Just a reminder that Langara College’s Graphic Novel & Comix program is starting its autumn classes next month. This program has already been running for a couple of years, and provides classes on all aspects of the comic medium. You can take all of them to get a full exploration of the craft, or pick & choice which ones are best for you. Registering is current open, so if you are interested in polishing your comic skills, check out Graphic Novel & Comix.

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Autumn Comic Classes at Langara College

Langara College’s Graphic Novel & Comix program has already been running for a couple of years, teaching aspiring comic creators how to create their own comics. There are classes on comics writing, drawing, colouring, and various other aspects of the comic craft, all taught by local comic creators (many of them Cloudscape contributors). Registering is current open for autumn classes, so if you are interested in learning more about creating comics, check out Graphic Novel & Comix.

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Writing for Comics classes at Langara

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Only a couple of weeks until “Writing for Graphic Novels & Comix” starts at Langara, but there are still seats available.  They are taught by Bevan Thomas, who has written and edited on numerous Cloudscape anthologies, most prominently the Gene Day-award-winning Epic Canadiana series. If you are interested in polishing off your comic writing skills, then give the classes a look. Of course Langara’s comic program also includes numerous classes in other aspects of comic creation, including drawing, inking, and lettering. You can take all of the courses as part of a full-on continuing studies certificate program, or just the ones that interest you in particular. For more information, check out Langara’s Graphic Novel & Comix continuing studies program.

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Langara College is offering classes on writing for comics

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As some of you already know, Langara College currently offers a program on creating comics as part of its Continuing Studies. These courses are taught by numerous local comic creators (many of them from Cloudscape), and provide workshops on writing, drawing, inking, and all the other aspects necessary to create your own quality comic book or graphic novel. Many classes are starting up in the new year, including Writing for Graphic Novels & Comix I on Monday evenings (starting January 23) and the more advanced Writing for Graphic Novels & Comix II on Saturday mornings (starting January 28). There is still space in both the writing classes. They will be taught by Bevan Thomas, who has contributed to numerous Cloudscape anthologies as a writer and editor, and who is the driving force behind Epic Canadiana, Cloudscape’s Gene Day Award-winning series of Canadian superhero anthologies. The writing classes will explore the various traditions of comic storytelling in comics, both how to create ideas and how to organize them on the page, as well as the special techniques to give your stories depth and energy. You will also be given the opportunity to develop a longer comic and have it workshopped with your instructor and fellow students. If you want to develop your skill in writing comics, improve your technique, and receive feedback on your work from someone experienced in the art form, then the Writing for Graphic Novels classes are for you.

For more information on the Writing for Graphic Novels courses and the comics program as a whole, and to register for classes, visit Graphic Novel and Comix on the Langara website. Please also spread the word to anyone else you think could benefit from one of these courses.

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Cloudscape Comic Classes

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The summer is ending and the autumn is beginning; for many people, this is a sad time – no more vacation, back to school. However, there are some pretty fun classes starting up soon, including many that Cloudscape is involved in:

  • Graphic Novel & Comix. Langara College is currently providing a whole continuing studies certificate program on creating comics. You can take the whole program or choose individual classes that will help polish the particular comics areas that you feel need the most work. Courses are being offered in drawing, writing, lettering, life drawing, and adobe illustrator, and most of these are being taught by prominent Cloudscape contributors such as Jeff Ellis, Bevan Thomas, James Lloyd, and Mara-Dor Coman. This program has already been running for a year, providing an excellent grounding for aspiring comic creators from numerous veterans in the medium. For more information and to sign-up, visit the Graphic Novel & Comix program website. Autumn classes start at the end of this month.
  • Comics in the Clouds. Jeff Ellis, Cloudscape’s founder and vice-president, will be teaching a series of workshops on creating comics at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre. Classes will be every Monday evening from September 19 to November 28. The workshops are free and there are still spots available, so if you are a young adult (age 15-24) and want to learn more about comics from someone with many years comic experience, sign-up on the Comics in the Clouds website.

Make this school year a little more exciting!

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