Each 6 hour day of has two 3 hour classes: Life Drawing – drawing the human figure and Drawing for Animation – drawing objects, learning perspective, drawing characters, storyboards and animation. Lunch is a 1-hour break.
How interactive are APW Online classes?
The instructor will see your drawings as you draw and make suggestions as you progress through each drawing exercise. The TA will also watch your progress and make helpful suggestions in real-time during class. In addition to this routine of interaction with instructors, you can ask your own questions at the conclusion of each day of classes.
What kind of internet connection do I need?
Make sure that you have: a good High-Speed internet connection: Recommended Upload speed – 13 Mps Minimum Upload speed – 2.75 Mps Recommended Download speed – 5Mps Minimum download speed – 1Mps. This kind of connection allows us to see your drawings as you draw them and offer advice as you go. This is not a “just watch a video” kind of online course. It’s our full comprehensive program that revolves around student/instructor interaction
What video settings are best for my phone?
Full HD is the best – 1080p. Note — 4K video requires too much bandwidth and is not supported by Zoom.
Is a headset a good idea?
Wearing a headset will help you hear what the instructor is saying to you and other students during class.
Is there an orientation session before classes begin?
Yes. You will be notified re date and time. The APW Online Orientation Session is an opportunity to meet the instructors and other students and review all of the tech requirements. Time will be given to road-testing your set-up in a class environment.
What computer specs are best?
Because you will be looking at your computer screen each day of classes bigger is definitely better when it comes to your screen. Your computer screen size should be 15” – 17 or higher” Minimum screen size – 13”.
Minimum Monitor res. – 1920 X 1080. If you use a laptop plan on having it powered up for the start of each day of classes. Same goes for your phone.
What about lighting?
Your drawing board should be well lit from both sides. Sitting near the indirect light from a window is fine. Be aware that sharp and/or dark shadows on your paper will make it difficult for the instructor to see your drawings.