14 Days 14 Characters

If you start with character, you probably will end up with good drawings - Chuck Jones
Ok character designers - it's time for a workout.  Join us and design a new character every day for 14 days from Wednesday, October 28 until Tuesday, November 10. Here's how it works:
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Rajesh N. Pai at PWI

The Portfolio Workshop International (PWI) is our program for international students. In the PWI Summer Program, we offer international students a unique hands-on study experience based on a rigorous schedule of drawing under the supervision of a team of APW instructors. Our intensive one month session is a condensed version of our highly successful eight month Animation Portfolio Workshop program. Classes for the 2011 Portfolio Workshop International took place in July and saw Rajesh Pai complete 4 weeks (Monday to Friday) of intensive Life Drawing and Drawing for Animation classes with APW Instructors Vince Peets and Faisal Raja. APW Program Directors, Gerard Sternik and Vince Peets worked together with Faisal Raja to design a course of study specifically for Rajesh. Prior to beginning the 2011 PWI with us, Rajesh had just completed 3 years of study in Vancouver Film School's Animation department. Because of this experience, Rajesh was not starting at the very beginning. He had specific needs in areas of his drawing that he wished to work on with us to upgrade and improve his professional animation portfolio. Each week Rajesh was introduced to new drawing exercises designed with his particular path of development in mind. Read all of these 4 blog posts - they offer an overview of Rajesh's PWI experience by focusing on his progress from week to week. In addition to posting drawings from the month-long PWI Summer Session, Gerard Sternik, Vince Peets and Instructor Faisal Raja have contributed their thoughts on Rajesh's progress. If you have any question let us know and as always, feel free to comment.   Rajesh and PWI instructorFaisal Raja develop character designs. portfolio workshop international, skeletonportfolio workshop international, booksportfolio workshop international, rajesh n. paiportfolio workshop international 2011, rajesh n. pai, faisal raja Rajesh and APW Instructor Faisal Raja in a more serious moment. Click here for Week 1 Click here for Week 2 Click here for Week 3 Click here for Week 4  

2015/2016 Fall/Winter Session

Registration is now open for the 2015/2016 Fall/Winter Session of classes.  This session of the APW starts on Sat. Sept. 19 and finishes on Sun. Feb 21, just in time for the 2016 portfolio deadlines. Space is limited so register right away. Contact maureen@animationportfolioworkshop.com with any questions re enrollment/registration. Last year's Fall/Winter Session was an awesome global group of dedicated young people focused on drawing and creating animation portfolios.  These guys - from Ukraine, San Jose, Honalulu, Slovakia, Egypt, Hong Kong, India and yes, even a few from Toronto and Oakville - worked really hard and made steady progress in Life Drawing for Animation and in Drawing for Animation on their way to producing some top quality animation portfolios.
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APW Open Life Drawing Thursdays

Dear drawing devotees - scare up a stack of 9B graphite sticks, a whack of newsprint pads and join us for APW Open Life Drawing Thursdays! Animation Portfolio Workshop offers open life drawing sessions on the following Thursday evenings. All sessions are from 6:30pm to 9:30pm in the Parlor at St. Matthew's United Church (729 St. Clair Ave. West).  Poses range from 1 minute to 20 minutes.
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APW Animal Drawings

There's nothing like drawing from life.  In addition to the many hours of drawing from a live model in class, APW students draw and study animals up close when we visit the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in November.  Here are a number of animal drawings by recent APW students Alessia Carinci, Kaya Horiya, Niko Powell, Sarah Ball, Lily Ciao and APW TA Orlagh Lucyk McGowan.
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Animation Portfolio Reviews 2015!

We are humbled by the dedication, enthusiasm and general awesomeness of the 2015 group of Animation Portfolio Workshop students.   After many months of Life Drawing for Animation and Drawing for Animation classes, APW directors and instructors spent time with each student carefully reviewing thousands of drawings.  
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