Character Design and Sculpting

Character designers have the exciting opportunity to create characters whose body type, costuming, and props reflect their unique personalities. This workshop teaches you 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, you will also examine how designers strike a balance between making characters that are both fantastic and believable.

You 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

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


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

Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2018


Teen Workshops


Session 1*

June 25–July 6

Session 2

July 9–20

Session 3

July 23–Aug 3

Session 4

Aug 6–17

Art and Animation Level 1


+Art and Animation Level 2





Character Design and Sculpting




Creating Comics and Manga




Digital Sculpting




Cosplay: Costume Design and Creation





 *Workshop hours during Session 1 are extended 30 minutes to accommodate for the 4th of July holiday

+Art and Animation Level 1 must be completed prior to starting Level 2


ProjectFUN also offers online workshops in this subject matter. Check them out here!

DigiPen's ProjectFUN offers workshops, camps and college prep courses for kids and teens. Technology courses are held in Redmond, WA (near Seattle and Bellevue), and online.