Kids & Family

Summer Manga Courses

June 30, 2021 - August 26, 2021
Online Courses

Intermediate Manga Workshop: Level-Up Your Characters
4 Thursdays, August 5 – 26, 4-5 PM EDT (Online)
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Have the basics down but want to take your abilities to the next level? This intermediate course will polish and refine those skills that you already have. We will examine various techniques for facial expressions, gestures, hands, accessories, clothing, and more through step by step instruction and demonstration. Students will gain better artistic understanding of proportion, anatomical structure, movement, and perspective, as well as three dimensional effects on manga characters. Learn to master the “must-have” skills to being a successful artist!

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Tuition:
Tuition: $100/$80 Japan Society Members. Recommended for ages 11-17 year olds. One student per registration. Space is limited to 15 students: advanced registration required.

About Instructor: Richard Ford III is a professional artist based in NYC. Inspired by Japanese anime, manga, and street art, Richard works with various mediums, from digital illustration to traditional paintings, as well as murals. Richard is excited to share his knowledge and techniques with young artists! Richard received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in illustration from Columbia College Chicago.

Weekend Manga Workshop: Basic Pen & Marker Techniques
Sat. & Sun., Aug. 7 & 8, 10 am-12 pm EDT (Online)
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Take the next step in your manga art career with pen and marker! Through demonstrations and individual advice, manga artist Richard Ford III will introduce must-have skills for teenage students including tools, line techniques and methods, crosshatching for shading and more. By the end of this two-day course, you'll have new skills for drawing manga characters with a more professional finish.

Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled. All existing registrants will receive an automatic refund issued to their original form of payment. Please reach out to jseducation@japansociety.org" with any further questions.

Tuition: $90/$72 Japan Society members. Recommended for ages 11-17. One student per registration. Space is limited to 15 students: advanced registration required. Recommended materials list will be provided prior to the workshop.

About Instructor: Richard Ford III is a professional artist based in New York City. Inspired by Japanese anime, manga and street art, he works with various media, from digital illustration to traditional paintings to murals. He holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in illustration from Columbia College, Chicago.

These courses will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Further instructions will be provided before each course begins. Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET).

Manga Workshop: The Basics of Character Creation
4 Wednesdays, June 30 – July 21, 4-5 PM EDT (Online)
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Join us for this summer 4 session course in the basics of manga character creation for beginner manga artists. Start a character from scratch and learn the basics of finding ideas, sketching anatomy, detailing expressions, and shading. Whether you are a total beginner looking for a start in the world of manga art, or are looking for a refresher on the foundations of drawing manga characters, this is the course for you!

This class is at capacity. To be added to the waitlist, please email jseducation@japansociety.org or call (212) 715-1275. Spaces will be released to waitlisted participants in the order they are added.

Tuition:
$100/$80 Japan Society Members. Recommended for ages 11-17 year olds. One student per registration. Space is limited to 15 students: advanced registration required.

About Instructor: John Somoza (Drake Tinta) is a local manga artist who has been working in the field since 2012. His major works include an ongoing manga-influenced series titled Ninja Express, which can be read on Comixology.com. Mr. Somoza looks forward to encouraging and teaching the next generation of artists who are looking to enter the field of manga and comics.

Manga Workshop: Focusing on Kawaii style Creations
4 Thursdays, July 8 – 29, 4-5 PM EDT (Online)
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This course will explore various “kawaii” or cute style of Japanese manga characters. We will learn to draw Chibi (little) characters, Yuru-chara (Japanese cuddly mascots) and what makes each character unique and popular. Participants will combine it all into your own original character creation. Add an interesting new tool to your artistic toolbox to liven up your artwork with this 4 session course!

This class is at capacity. To be added to the waitlist, please email jseducation@japansociety.org or call (212) 715-1275. Spaces will be released to waitlisted participants in the order they are added.

Tuition:
$100/$80 Japan Society Members. Recommended for ages 11-17 year olds. One student per registration. Space is limited to 15 students: advanced registration required.

About Instructor: Richard Ford III is a professional artist based in NYC. Inspired by Japanese anime, manga, and street art, Richard works with various mediums, from digital illustration to traditional paintings, as well as murals. Richard is excited to share his knowledge and techniques with young artists! Richard received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in illustration from Columbia College Chicago.