Drawing Comic Books and Graphic Novels

NOTE: This class has FREE ART MATERIALS.  The instructor will bring hard-surface drawing paper (suitable for cartooning), tracing paper (for inking practice and character development), a pencil, a felt tip pen and a brush tipped pen for students to use in class. The only thing you need to bring is a little pencil sharpener. The materials are yours to KEEP after the class ends. 

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In this class, open to everyone, students will start out by learning how to draw realistically proportioned adult human figures in a simplified comic book style, then learn how to show them in action. We’ll practice drawing, shading and inking the figure and moving it around on the page. 

You’ll learn about page layout and design, as they relate to comics and graphic novels; composition and visual continuities; how to tell a story with pictures; and how to use dramatic lighting and cinematic camera angles such as closeups, medium shots, long shots, high angle  shots and low angle shots, to engage the reader and move your story along.

After that, students will practice drawing some actual comic book stories.  You’ll learn how to draw fight scenes, action scenes, and how to imbue even quiet moments in your story with dramatic tension.  We’ll take a look at student drawings and look at what works in each page and how to improve it.  We’ll also look at what goes into illustrating exciting and dramatic comic book stories.

Whether you’re an aspiring comic book illustrator or a hobbyist — whether you’re into traditional comics or experimental comics — you’ll learn a lot and have an opportunity to increase your skills as you work through the exercises in the class.  Instructor: Nils Osmar


UPCOMING CLASSES: AUGUST-DECEMBER


AUGUST CLASSES ⟶ AT A GLANCE

ALREADY STARTED:


MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE
Sunday August 4, 10:30am-4 pm


STAND UP COMEDY
Mondays 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26. 7 pm-10 pm


DRAWING FACES & PORTRAITS
Saturday August 10 only, 10 am-2:30 pm


ACTING 101
Wed. 8/14, 8/21, 8/28, 9/4 – 7 pm-9 pm


ACTING 103
Wed. 8/14, 8/21, 8/28, 9/4 – 5 pm-7 pm


VOICEOVER 101
August 7, 14, 21, and 28
Wednesdays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm


ACTING 102

Sundays, 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8


FIGURE DRAWING 
Saturdays 8/17 only – 10 a.m.-2:15 pm


LEARN TO DRAW IN A DAY
“Learn to Draw in a Day”
Sunday August 18 – 10 am-4 pm

 

CLASSES STARTING IN SEPTEMBER

 


SEPTEMBER – ACTING CLASSES

STARTING IN SEPTEMBER


  1. ACTING 101 – SUNDAY CLASS  (New to acting? Start with this class!)
  2. ACTING 102 – SUNDAY CLASS
  3. ACTING 103 – SUNDAY CLASS
  4. ACTING 104 – SUNDAY CLASS
  5. ACTING 204 – MONOLOGUES
  6. ACTING IN AN ACTION/HORROR MOVIE

ACTING 101 – SUNDAY CLASS 

Class 160818-6-9: Acting 101
Fall Quarter 2019 - Sept/Oct.
Sunday mornings 10 am-12 pm
9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13
Tuition $150 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus - Seattle
Maximum: 21. Enrolled so far: 18

"Acting is fun — and it can be life-changing. In this enjoyable four-week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform scenes in front of the class...."

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ACTING 102 – SUNDAY CLASS

Class 19285-5-1: ACTING 102 - Sundays
12:30pm-2:30pm - 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 5

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ACTING 102 – WEDNESDAY CLASS

Class 177032-7-18: ACTING 102 –
Wednesdays, 7 pm-9 pm. 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Seattle – University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 15. Enrolled so far: 5

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ACTING 103 – SUNDAY CLASS

Class 177348-8-11: ACTING 103
Sundays 3pm-5 pm - 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle - University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 3

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ACTING 104 – SUNDAY CLASS

Class 102938-8/6: Acting 104 - EMOTION
Sundays, 6 pm-8 pm. 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 1

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ACTING 204: MONOLOGUES FOR FILM AUDITIONS

Class #162165-9-3:
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA 204:
MONOLOGUES FOR FILM AUDITIONS
Sat. 9 am-12 pm, 9/21, 9/28/ 10/5
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle - University of Washington campus

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ACTING IN AN ACTION/HORROR MOVIE

Class 179586-5-21:
ACTING IN AN ACTION/HORROR MOVIE
CLASS DATES: Saturdays 9/21, 28, 10/5, 10/12
CLASS TIMES: 3 pm-5:30 pm
FILM DATE: Sat. 10/19, from 8 am-8 pm
Location for class: UW campus, Seattle
Location for filming: Greater Seattle area
Maximum: 20. Enrolled so far: 13

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ACTING FOR THE CAMERA: SCENE STUDY

Class #89852.7.20: ACTING FOR THE CAMERA 201 –
SCRIPT ANALYSIS - September 16, 23, October 7 -
Mondays 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 2

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AUDITIONING 101

Class #17407-6-9: Auditioning Workshop
Note corrected course dates: Saturdays,
12:30 PM-2:30 PM – 9/14, 9/21, 9/28
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Maximum: 15. Enrolled so far: 3

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SEPTEMBER – VOICEOVER CLASSES

VOICEOVER 101 

Class #16329-5-31 Voiceover 101
Saturdays 10 am-12 pm. 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
For adults and teens (most students are adults)
Max. enrollment: 15. Enrolled so far: 5

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ACCENTS AND DIALECTS FOR ACTORS 

  • The Accents class scheduled to start in September has been postponed. It will be offered in November. More information.

SEPTEMBER – FILM CLASSES

ACTING IN AN ACTION/HORROR MOVIE

Class 179586-5-21:
ACTING IN AN ACTION/HORROR MOVIE
CLASS DATES: Saturdays 9/21, 28, 10/5, 10/12
CLASS TIMES: 3 pm-5:30 pm
FILM DATE: Sat. 10/19, from 8 am-8 pm
Location for class: UW campus, Seattle
Location for filming: Greater Seattle area
Maximum: 20. Enrolled so far: 13

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MAKING MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET

Class #17506-4-16: Making Movies on a Micro Budget
Sunday September 8, 10 am-4:30 pm
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 3

“This Seattle filmmaking class will answer your questions, give you a good understanding of the basic elements of independent filmmaking, and get you off to a good start.”

This class has already started

SEPTEMBER – ART CLASSES

COLORED PENCIL DRAWING

Class 21910-5-20 - COLORED PENCIL DRAWING
Sunday September 15 only. 10:30-4 pm.
Tuition $100 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus - Seattle
Maximum: 10. Enrolled so far: 5

"In this class, you’ll spend the day drawing in color, working from step by step materials created by the instructor, consulting with the instructor whenever you need help..."

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DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

Class #163697-5-16 – Drawing for Absolute Beginners –
Saturdays- 10 AM-12 PM – 9/14, 9/21, 9/28
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus (Seattle)
Maximum: 10. Enrolled so far: 5

“Anyone can draw – this means you! Whether your goal is to be able to draw from life, photos, or imagination, this fun and easy introductory class will help…”

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CLASSES STARTING IN OCTOBER


OCTOBER – ACTING CLASSES


ACTING 101 – SUNDAY CLASS

Class 54085-8-16: Acting 101 -
Fall Quarter 2019 - Oct./Nov.
Sundays, 10 am-12 pm
10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17
Tuition $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 22. Enrolled so far: 3

"Acting is fun — and it can be life-changing. In this enjoyable four-week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform scenes in front of the class...."

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ACTING 101 – WEDNESDAY CLASS

Class 17383-8-16: Acting 101 -
Fall Quarter 2019
Wed. 7pm-9pm: 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6
Tuition $150 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus - Seattle
Open to students 18 and older.
Max. enrollment: 20. Enrolled so far: 2

"Acting is fun — and it can be life-changing. In this enjoyable four-week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform scenes in front of the class...."

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ACTING 102 – SUNDAY CLASS

166412-9-7: ACTING 102 - OCTOBER 2019 - SUNDAY CLASS -
Sundays, 1 pm-3 pm. 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max: 15. Enrolled so far:


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ACTING 103 – SUNDAY CLASS

Class #164662-9-7 - ACTING 103 – SUNDAY CLASS -
Sundays, 3:30 pm-5:30 pm. 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington Campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far:


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ACTING 103 – WEDNESDAY CLASS 

Class #117354-8-15: Acting 103 -
Wed. 5 pm-7 pm: 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum: 12. Enrolled so far: 1

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ACTING 104 – SUNDAY CLASS

Class 89854-8-6: Acting with Emotion
Wednesdays, 5 pm-7pm. 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2
Location: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 10. Enrolled so far: 1

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ACTING ON FILM AND TV: MORE SCRIPT ANALYSIS

Class #177301-7-18: Acting 202
Acting for the Camera: Script Analysis II
Dates and times will be added soon
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 2

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MUSICAL THEATER 101: SINGING FOR BEGINNERS 

CLASS 185457-7-31: Singing for Beginners -
Sunday 3 pm-5pm. 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle - University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 5

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MUSICAL THEATER 102: MOVING TO THE MUSIC

Class 162377-7-30: MUSICAL THEATER:
MOVING TO THE MUSIC
Please note corrected dates:
Sundays 5:30 pm-7:30pm. 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus - Seattle
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 2

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LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

Class 17396-8-20: Let's Make a Movie -
Saturdays 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 - 3 pm-5 pm
and Saturday 11/16: 9 am-9 pm
Last 3 meetings may last till 9 pm
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus - Seattle
Max. enrollment: 15. Enrolled so far: 4

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OCTOBER – ART CLASSES

DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

Class #75655-8-19 Drawing for Absolute Beginners -
Saturdays 10 am-12 pm - 10/26, 11/2, 11/9
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum: 12. Enrolled so far: 2

"Anyone can draw - this means you! Whether your goal is to be able to draw from life, photos, or imagination, this fun and easy introductory class will help..."


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CARTOONING 101

CLASS 166370-8-20: CARTOONING 101 -
Saturday 12:30 pm-2:30 pm 10/26, 11/2, 11/9
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 1

"In this class, aimed at total beginners but open to all levels, you’ll learn how to create your own characters and show them in action, even if you’ve never drawn before..."

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FIGURE DRAWING

Class #29581-8-19: Figure Drawing -
Saturdays 10/5 only - 10 am-2 pm
Tuition: $100 + $10 registration fee
This class has FREE art materials
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 2

"In this Seattle figure drawing class, you’ll learn how to draw realistic human figures using an easy step-by-step method, even if you’ve never drawn before..."


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DRAWING FACES AND PORTRAITS

Class 28575-8-16: Drawing Faces -
Saturday 10 am-2 pm - 10/12 only
Tuition: $100 + $10 registration fee
This class has FREE ART MATERIALS
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 10. Enrolled so far: 2

"In this fun, information-filled drawing class, you’ll learn how to draw men’s, women’s, and children’s faces. how to draw folks from different countries and cultures, how to draw facial angles and expressions..."

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ACRYLIC PAINTING

Class 111128-7-18: ACRYLIC PAINTING
Sundays 10am-12:30 pm - 10/20, 10/27, 11/3
Tuition: $150.00 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 2

"Acrylics are fun! They’re vibrant and colorful, and are great for beginning painters. This Seattle painting class is intended for BEGINNERS who would like to learn the basics of painting using acrylics in just three meetings..."

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WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Class # 162979-7-19: Watercolor -
Sundays 1:30 pm-4 pm 10/20, 10/27, 11/3
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 10

"In this class, students will learn by playing with color while creating beauty – even if you have never picked up a paint brush before! We'll learn to do washes and glazes, then..."


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OIL PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

Class 68934 - Oil Painting the Fume-Free Way
October 5, 12, 19 and 26
Saturdays 1 pm-3 pm
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Maximum: 12. Enrolled so far: 3

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OCTOBER – VOICEOVER CLASSES

VOICEOVER 101 – SUN. CLASS

Class 32112-8-19 - Voiceover 101 -
Sundays, 10 am-12 pm.
10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Maximum:12. Enrolled so far: 4


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VOICEOVER 102 – SAT. CLASS

Class #107849-8-19- Voiceover 102-
Saturdays, 10 am-12 pm – 10/12, 10/19, 10/26
Tuition: Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 2


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OCTOBER – FILM CLASSES

SCREENWRITING 101

Class 17534-7-22: Screenwriting 101 -
Mondays, 6 pm-8 pm: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28
Instructor: Nils Osmar. Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee

Where: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 15. Enrolled so far: 5

More info – or – sign up now


LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

Class 17396-8-20: Let's Make a Movie -
Saturdays 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 - 3 pm-5 pm
and Saturday 11/16: 9 am-9 pm
Last 3 meetings may last till 9 pm
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus - Seattle
Max. enrollment: 15. Enrolled so far: 4

More info – or – sign up now

OCTOBER – COMEDY CLASSES

STAND UP COMEDY   THIS CLASS IS FULL

Class #17427-7-3: COMEDY –
Mondays 7 pm-10 pm –
10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28
(may sometimes run late)
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
First 3 meetings: University of Washington campus: Seattle branch
Final meeting (performance) is in a comedy club
Max. enrollment: 23. Enrolled so far: 23

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STARTING IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER


ACTING CLASSES:

ACCENTS FOR ACTORS 101

CLASS 162288-8-6: ACCENTS FOR ACTORS -
November 2019 class:
SATURDAYS, 1 pm -3 pm- 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Maximum: 12. Enrolled so far: 2

Open for enrollment! More info – sign up now!


ACTING 101 – SUNDAY CLASS
SUNDAYS 11/24, 12/1, 12/7, 12/15


ACTING 102 – WEDNESDAY CLASS

Class 177032-9-15: ACTING 102 - SUNDAYS
November/December 2019 class:
11/24, 12/1, 12/7, 12/15 - 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Seattle - University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 15. Enrolled so far: 1

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ACTING 102 – WED. CLASS
WEDNESDAYS 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11


ACTING 103 – SUNDAY CLASS
SUNDAYS 11/24, 12/1, 12/7, 12/15


ACTING 104 – SUNDAY CLASS
SUNDAYS 11/24, 12/1, 12/7, 12/15


AUDITIONING
SATURDAYS 12:30 PM-2:30 PM – 11/30, 12/7, 12/14


ACTING 105

  • SATURDAYS 3 PM-5 PM
  • 11/30, 12/7, 12/14

ACCENTS FOR ACTORS 101

CLASS 162288-8-6: ACCENTS FOR ACTORS -
November 2019 class:
SATURDAYS, 1 pm -3 pm- 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Maximum: 12. Enrolled so far: 2

More info – sign up now!


WRITING CLASSES:

  • SCREENWRITING 102
  • MONDAYS 6 PM-8 PM
  • 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25

WRITING SCIENCE FICTION

  • MONDAYS 6-8 PM
  • 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

FILM CLASSES:

SCREENWRITING 102

  • MONDAYS 6 PM-8 PM
  • 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25

VOICEOVER CLASSES

ACCENTS FOR ACTORS 101

CLASS 162288-8-6: ACCENTS FOR ACTORS -
November 2019 class:
SATURDAYS, 1 pm -3 pm- 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Maximum: 12. Enrolled so far: 2

More info – sign up now!


ART CLASSES:

DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

Class #111351: Drawing for Absolute Beginners -
Saturdays 10 am-12 pm – 11/30, 12/7, 12/14
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus
Maximum: 15. Enrolled so far: 3

"Whether your goal is to be able to draw from life, photos, or imagination, this enjoyable introductory class will help..."


Open for enrollment! More info – sign up now!

 


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The classes below are also recommended for people who are serious about their comic book artwork: