About Canvas Academy
Canvas Academy is dedicated to teaching young artists how to create incredible art using simple computers, free software, and a tablet. As an online art centre, we provide a platform for young artists to develop their skills, connect with other artists, and learn from our experienced mentors. We believe that art is a learnable language, not an innate talent bestowed by the gods of anime. With dedication, passion, and practice under the guidance of our mentors, you can achieve a level of proficiency that will feel natural. What you do with that knowledge is entirely up to you.
2023 Workshops on offer
Email us for the 2023 brochure, more information on Canvas Academy and our different workshop requirements, as well as outcomes.
DIGITAL ART WORKSHOPS
The Intro to Digital Drawing & Painting Workshops are aimed at artist aged 14 and above who wish to spend their high school days or gap year learning art principles that underpin the digital art industry. These classes aid in transitioning traditional artists to digital art using helpful principles & processes as well as the technical aspect of computers and drawing tablets. Principles such as preliminary sketching, shape based drawing and perspective drawing will be covered as part of the drawing modules. Students will go on to learn about colour and digital painting covered in the painting modules.
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing" - Walt Disney.
It is this line of thinking that inspire what happens in our classes, a lot of attention is paid on practicing and experimenting using the correct techniques proving to be the tried and tested way of learning digital art.
Check out the different workshop options that we have to offer:
We have an extensive bouquet of exciting digital art video and jpeg tutorials supported by simple literature to introduce our beginners to digital arts and foundations of art, for every single week in 2 months. Our Online pre-recorded intro to digital art is by far one of the best ways to learn Digital art online. Our designated mentors will guide learners through the material while giving every single learner attention through video feedback on their artworks. The Live intermediate workshops are in-depth, interactive, and designed to upskill our beginners or anyone with the basics of digital art. Please download the course brochure to learn more about the workshop.
Introduction to Form
Course Duration: 2 Months
Class FormB: 01 Apr - 31 May
Class FormC: 01 Jun - 31 Jul
Class FormCA: 01 Jul - 31 Aug
Class FormD: 01 Aug - 30 Sep
Class FormE: 01 Oct - 30 Nov
Class FormF: 01 Dec - 31 Jan
Introduction to Human-Figure
Course Duration: 2 Months
Class FigureA: 01 Jan - 28 Feb
Class FigureB: 01 Mar - 30 Apr
Class FigureC: 01 May - 30 Jun
Class FigureD: 01 Jul - 31 Aug
Class FigureE: 01 Sep - 31 Oct
Class FigureF: 01 Nov - 31 Dec
What our alumni had to say
The Animation Scool - Craighall
110 Conrad Drive, Craighall Park, Randburg 2196
The Animation School - Woodstock
42 Searle Street, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa, 7925
We have partnered with amazing organizations to expose talented teenagers in the townships to the world of digital art and animation.
Canvas Rabobi, was a specialized, sponsored, one-month program for talented, traditional artists in townships who had designed their own comic book using any traditional medium. The program trained traditional, visual artists in digital art and drawing for animation; to produce a professional comic book as means of transitioning into any ‘4th industrial revolution’ career such as animation. This program was a free Workshop sponsored by the GFC and took place in 2019.
Click on image to view project gallery.
The Kasi-Sketchbook outreach program aims to create township drawing-clubs that will encourage young artists to sketch their “worlds” daily inside their sponsored Kasi-sketchbooks. This outreach program is a collective effort from CANVAS Academy and accomplished artists who themselves have experienced success through drawing.
The Kasi-sketchbook event and competition that takes place annually, recently partnered with the XP-Pen foundation who sponsored each of the 3 winners with a 'Star 06' Wireless Tablet, to encourage the financially disadvantaged youth in our townships to explore the eclectic world of digital art.