Character Design and Sculpting

Character designers have the exciting opportunity to create characters whose body type, costuming, and props reflect their unique personality. This workshop teaches students how to design characters, from the initial concept stage all the way to the modeling of a maquette (a small sculpture of a character). Throughout this process, students will also examine how designers strike a balance between making characters that are both fantastic and believable.

Note: This is a non-digital workshop; students need no knowledge of computers to participate.

Students will learn:
  • The history of character design, including a survey of famous characters
  • The character design process, including character archetypes and prop design
  • Basic anatomy and figure drawing concepts
  • Figure sculpting, drawing, and painting


This course is open to students entering Grades 8 through 12.

Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2016

Workshop hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Students should arrive no more than 30 minutes prior to the start of class. There are free optional after-workshop activities most days from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm.*

*Due to the July 4th holiday, Session 2 hours will be 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  After-workshop activities will be from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Art and Animation


Session 1
June 20–July 1
Session 2
July 5–15
Session 3
July 18–29
Session 4
Aug 1–12
Character Design and Sculpting $1,349 n/a n/a

Workshops marked "n/a" are not being offered during that session.

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