Sunday, September 09, 2007

Fantasy Art Unlimited…

Fourth year of my highly successful course…

I am running the course out of the new Livesey Children's and All-Ages Centre for 2007 - 2008. There’s lots more room this year and a lot more scope for creating larger pieces of artwork for the students because of this.

Here are a few details for the latest course:

  • Duration of FAU course: 30 x weeks
  • Duration of sessions: 3 x hours each session
  • Evening: Wednesdays
  • Course Start Date: Wednesday 26th September 2007
  • Cost of course: £100.00
  • The deadline for payments is: Wednesday 26th September 2007

Some details about the course content:

The course will cover lots of things from the basics of sketching loosely and confidently, through to inking and painting.

Topics covered include:

  • Comic books
  • Book Jackets
  • Children's Books
  • Cartoons
  • Storyboards
  • Character Designs
  • Background designs
  • Logo Designs
  • Storytelling techniques
    And lots more besides...

The course is geared up to suit each individual student, whilst one student may wish to do comic book styled work someone else may wish to work with storyboarding, and so on. All students learn the same techniques but each employs these techniques with their own subject matter. My experience in the art fields enables the students to draw from a wealth of information, whether it is used for purely leisure or potentially commercial purposes.

During the course other professional illustrators and designers are invited along to act as guest speakers. John Ridgway and Jon Haward have both come down to show how they work and talk a little about the industry. The students are then able to watch as each creator works on an original piece of artwork, thus enabling them to see how different people all work in individual ways to achieve similar goals.

The course is not just about learning to draw and paint, etc, it is also a valuable resource for learning how the industries work and what it entails when looking for a career in the arts fields.

The students receive a special student discount card from me and they can get their materials at discount prices from John and Ann at Portfolio artist's supplies in Simmon Street, Sudell Cross, Blackburn.

The students' work is usually exhibited at Blackburn Museum, at the end of the course.

The students each receive an induction pack, which I have designed and consists of a set of resource lists of recommended artists, reference books, how-to books and websites where they can purchase the books from, etc.

There are ongoing demonstrations, which I do, throughout the course. I show the students how to "loosen up" and "scribble" to sketch quickly and accurately. Students are also introduced to blueline pencilling techniques.

The emphasis on the course is having lots of FUN!!!

We are having a FREE taster session this coming Wednesday 12th of September beginning at 6:00pm and lasting until 9:00pm.

This session is open to the public and gives potential new students a chance to sample the course for themselves.

For further details email me direct at:

So if you live in or around the area feel free to pop along and see what all the fuss is about.

Now back to the drawing board for me and…

Until next time have fun!

Tim Perkins…
September 9th 2007


Louis said...

Missed both John Ridgway and Jon Haward... When did Jon Haward speak?

Tim Perkins said...

Hi Lewis,

They came during the 2005-2006 sessions, before you joined up.

We'll have someone here soon though, so don't worry.

See you Wednesday.