Learn from the Masters

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WORKSHOP | Watercolor and Fashion with Couturiere Colleen Quen
Sat, Apr 19 | 10–noon | Art Studio
$55 members | $60 non-members | $45 student | limited to 20 students per class | ages 18+
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Couturiere Colleen Quen leads a workshop illustrating how fashion and costume design are integral in creating character. With her extensive knowledge of both fashion and ink wash painting, Colleen explains how to incorporate watercolor painting techniques with fashion illustration silhouettes to create imaginary gowns for characters including Cinderella and Snow White.

Artist Bio:
Exploring a profound, unconscious realm of her imagination, French couturière Colleen Quen utilizes 30 years of fashion design to refine her newfound journey as a watercolor artist. A gradual metamorphosis from haute couture, her paintings are a natural progression and constant meditation of her artistic and spiritual journey.

The ancient disciplines of Tai Qi, Qigong and Guzheng help Quen understand the philosophy of Taoism, which in turn, shapes her inimitable vision. As a disciple of Master Madeleine Fu, she incorporates landscape techniques and organic aspects of nature with vibrant, playful hues to reflect her gratitude and passion for life.


WORKSHOP | Acting for Animation
Sat, May 3 | 10–noon | Art Studio
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In this workshop, Pixar animator Doug Frankel and Andrew Schmidt discusses acting in animation using examples from animated and live-action films. Students have an opportunity for hands-on exploration of these principles in both 2D and 3D forms.

Artist Bio:
Andrew Schmidt:
Andrew Schmidt is a senior animator at Pixar Animation Studios with over 20 years experience in both traditional 2D and CG animation. Throughout his career, he has amassed a long list of film credits which includes The Prince of Egypt, The Iron Giant, and the Academy Award-winning films Wall-E, Ratatouille, Up, Toy Story 3, and Brave. He has lectured and held animation/acting workshops in the US, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, and Germany and has had the privilege of working at several of the major animation studios such as Fox and Disney TV, DreamWorks, and Warner Bros. Feature Animation. Schmidt joined Pixar Animation Studios in 2000 where he has worked as an animator and supervising animator as well as writing and directing commercials and promotional material for the Disney Pixar feature films Cars 2 and Brave. Presently, he is working on an undisclosed project for Disney Pixar Theme Parks. He and his wife currently reside in San Francisco, California.'

Doug Frankel:
Doug Frankel is a Pixar animator who has spent 28 years in the animation industry, working in the areas of animation, story, marketing, consumer products, and theme parks. His work has encompassed both 2D and CG animation, and involved long stints at Disney, Warners, and Pixar studios. His TV credits include Garfield and Ren and Stimpy, and his animation film credits have included Disney's Prince and the Pauper (Mickey), Lion King (Scar), Pocahontas (Ratcliffe), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo), Emperor's New Groove (Pacha, Chicha), Fantasia 2000 (Rhapsody in Blue), The Incredibles (E, Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl), Wall-e (Wall-e), Ratatouille (Remy, Lingini), Up (Russell, Carl), Cars (McQueen), and Brave (Merida). He supervised animation on the award-winning “Your Friend the Rat” for Pixar, and has done animation classes and talks in Warner Brother's Dave Masters class, in Germany, in Korea, at Disney, at Pixar, at the wonderful Walt Disney Family Museum. Doug has been at Pixar since 2002.