World Building Workshop-Creation as Character, June 22-26

Date(s) - Jun 22, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Purple Turtle Art Studio



Created by Cella Siegelman

June 22-26, 1:00-4:00

4th-12th Grades (Very limited class size)

Course Description

The goal of the “World building Workshop” is to introduce students to the process of creating fantastical worlds, and how to establish a harmonious relationship between the character and their surroundings. From biomes, to wildlife, humanoid culture and more, students will explore the means of art creation through character. Most of the curriculum will focus on an approximate 3 part break down each day:

Warm Up:

The first 10 minutes will consist of a warm up, based on a question that is asked in relation to the topic of the day. Students can sketch or write their answer. (I.e if you could choose any fictional world to live in, which world and why?). This helps the mind to start thinking about the topic, and for the flow of ideas to start. 

First 50 Minutes: Examples and Instruction

For the first 15-20 minutes we will go over examples of the topic of creation for the day. Common movies, games, books and more will serve as a guide. A presentation will be shown with accompanying visuals. 

In addition, for the specific task of the day, we will go over techniques on how to create that aspect of the world (I.e biomes and plants that live within them) for about 30-45 minutes. Each day will have a different aspect of creating an idea, like drawing a name from a hat, exquisite corpse, free choice, etc. 

Hour Two: Exploration and Research

For the second hour, we will split up OR work in groups depending on the day (or what the students would like to do). Students will use the internet to gather information, reference photos, etc. (i.e trying to create a lion creature with lion reference photos). Sketches are also to be done during this time, going through multiple ideas. By the end of the hour, the student should have at least 3 more solid options, differing enough from each other. This also varies by day. 

Intermission and Idea Sharing: The Critique

Students will come together and share their ideas. Each student will have time to present their drawings, and talk with each other about what they like, or what they could improve upon. (Constructive critique is important to introduce, especially if the student is considering following an art-related path in college) 

Last 50 Minutes: Expression and Finalization

From the critique, and the student’s personal ideas, they will take what information they’ve gathered and create more finalized versions of the sketches from earlier. This may vary from giving the creation a place in an environment (i.e a humanoid character walking through a created biome). These finalized images do NOT have to be perfect. At least some color, composition, and lighting should be included. (Character design is based on the principle of conveying ideas quickly and effectively). 

Main Resources

A tablet or laptop is helpful but not necessary.  The Porcreate class offered in the morning is the perfect class to compliment this world building workshop.

The Planet Construction Kit by Mark Rosenfelder available at Amazon


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