Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fall Classes Open for Enrollment

If anyone out there is in the LA area and looking to subliment their art education, check out these classes and workshops I've put together through Motivarti.

The first class we are offering is Landscape Painting with Kathy Altieri. Kathy’s a production designer and art director at DreamWorks Animation. She’s also probably known as one of the best colorists in the animation industry. Kathy taught this class a few semesters ago at Art Center and I can personally vouch in saying it has been the best landscape painting class I have ever taken. (And I took 3 landscape painting classes while at Art Center). Kathy’s a very patient and encouraging teacher who can help anyone get to the next level. Check it out here.

The second class we’re offering is Themed Environment Design with Chris Runco. You’re not going to find anyone more experienced that Chris Runco, a 35 year veteran of theme park design. Chris is currently a senior concept designer at Walt Disney Imagineering and has been there since the 1970′s. He’s designed everything that goes into a theme park from major attractions to penny-press machines. Chris is a very busy professional and we’re very lucky to have time teaching this class with us next semester. Don’t miss this opportunity! More info here.

Lastly, we’ll be offering 2 legal workshops with the infamous, Michelle Katz. Michelle has been a lawyer for over 26 years with various companies including the Writers Guild, Universal Studios Consumer Products, Paramount Pictures, and several others. Trust me when I say, Michelle knows her stuff. Not only is she super knowledgeable, but very enthusiastic about sharing what she knows with her students. Michelle will be teaching two 1-day workshops this fall.

The first, How to Protect Your Work and Not Get Sued, is all about copyrights. Michelle will cover the basics of copyrights as well as dispel the myths of copyrights. (If you take a photo off the internet and change it 10%, you can call it an original right? If you don’t know, Michelle can tell you!) In addition, she’s going to walk you through how to file a copyright with the US government. That way, if someone ever steals your work you’ll have legal ground to actually stand on.

The second workshop, Starting Your Freelance Business the Right Way, is going to cover all the things you need to know about beginning your freelance business. This is essential for anyone who is freelances, even if it’s just part-time on the weekends or after work hours. Nobody wants the government coming after them for not filing the right paper work, so let Michelle help you get your ducks in line. During this workshop, Michelle will also cover contracts – what defines a contract, how read a contract, what to do if someone breaks a contract, and how to write a contract. If you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, please don’t miss this workshop and learn it the hard way.

For more information about any of our workshops or classes, you can read about them here and for information about registration and our policies, check them out here. Registration will end in about 3 weeks. As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us!

Monday, August 1, 2011

An Afternoon with David Colman

The second lecture in our "An Afternoon with..." series!

Sunday, August 7th, 2011
1:00 – 4:30 pm
at Gallery Nucleus (210 East Main St. Alhambra, CA 91801)

Join Motivarti and Gallery Nucleus for a special event featuring character designer and story artist David Colman.

David will discuss his extensive experience in the entertainment industry, give a demo of his character design process, and introduce and sign his new book, Animal Character Design: Grizzly Bears.

The afternoon includes:

- a one-hour lecture with Q&A, with topics including David’s approach to storytelling and character design, as well as how he crafted a wide-ranging career for himself in the animation industry

- a two-hour character design demo, in which David will explain his approach and techniques for creating engaging characters

- an artist meet-and-greet, with print and book signing following the character design demo

-an opportunity to purchase a limited-edition, numbered and signed print, which David has created exclusively for Motivarti for this event

- a raffle of the original artwork created during David’s demo; you’ll receive 3 free raffle tickets for attending, with more tickets available for purchase at the event

-a free t-shirt with the purchase of Animal Character Design: Grizzly Bears (while supplies last; offer valid only at Gallery Nucleus during the event)

Tickets (click here to purchase)
Pre-purchase before 7/31: $20
Pre-purchase from 7/31 to 8/6: $24
At the door: $28

Please note, seating is limited.

Get three free raffle tickets when you purchase an event ticket. Plus, college students show their I.D. at the door for an additional five free raffle tickets!

About David Colman
David Colman
is an intensely motivated, self-taught artist with a passion for his craft. His career in the entertainment industry spans many years, and includes clients such as Sony Animation (feature and TV), Cartoon Network, Disney Animation (feature and TV), Blue Sky Studios, Nickelodeon Consumer Products, and EA Games. David currently works as a storyboard artist with ImageMovers Digital. Animal Character Design: Grizzly Bears is his third book.

About Motivarti
At Motivarti, we believe that luck happens when opportunity meets preparation. Whether you’re a working professional, recent graduate, or current student, you’ll find that our lectures, classes, workshops, and events will broaden your creative horizons, and help you make your own luck. For more information, visit