Teen Virtual Classes | Spring 2021

Drawing Exploration
Michelle Champlin
3/22-4/19 *No class 3/29
Mondays 3-4 pm


Drawing Exploration is a fun and unique drawing class that gives students an opportunity to express themselves creatively while experimenting with representational and abstract concepts and techniques. Required supplies include pencil, colored pencil set, eraser, pencil sharpener, and paper.  No drawing experience necessary. This is an interactive class-participation is required.  To fully benefit from this class, you will need video and audio access.

Please contact sfrpdatthemix@gmail.com for any questions regarding the virtual classes.


Portfolio Development Workshop
Barbara Pollak-Lewis
3/22-5/17 *No class 3/29
Mondays 5-6 pm


Planning to apply to Ruth Asawa SOTA or OSA (Oakland School of the Arts) for Visual Art? Need a portfolio but not sure where to start? This 8-class workshop will help you get a jump on your drawing portfolio, polish your skills and boost your confidence.  We’ll focus on still life, figure drawing, portraits, proportions, hands and faces. You’ll need: pad of drawing paper, drawing pencils in assorted sizes (2h, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B), kneaded eraser, vine charcoal, small sketchbook (optional, but recommended). This is an interactive class-participation is required.  To fully benefit from this class, you will need video and audio access.

Please contact sfrpdatthemix@gmail.com for any questions regarding the virtual classes.


Digital Photography
Quincy Stamper
3/23-4/20 *No class 3/30
Tuesdays:  3-4 pm


This course will help the students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: How you handle your cameras, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photos in a creative way. Students will, generally, receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcomes, at the beginning of each period.  The majority of class time will be held outdoors for photographing. Perhaps the most useful part of classroom instruction will be daily reviews of photos students have shot the previous day(s). They will see what makes a successful photo and what does not.  Camera requirements:  DSLR, point-and-shoot, or smartphone camera can be used for this class.  This class can be repeated. This is an interactive class-participation is required.  To fully benefit from this class, you will need video and audio access.  NOTE:  You will need to check-in and show yourself in the video for us to take attendance.

Please contact sfrpdatthemix@gmail.com for any questions regarding the virtual classes.


Improv: Character Building
Cassie Grilley
3/25-4/22 *No class 4/1
Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm


This class will build upon the fundamentals of improv. Students will dive deeper into character and scene building while learning to create original and hilarious characters. Students will take their comedic skills to the next level in a supportive virtual environment! Previous experience is helpful but not required.

Please contact sfrpdatthemix@gmail.com for any questions regarding the virtual classes.


Animation 1 in Blender
Allen Paul
3/24-4/21 *No class 3/31
Wednesdays 5-6 pm

Learn to navigate through Blender to create your own models, characters, and animations. Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite.  More information about Blender at:  https://www.blender.org/download
This is an interactive class – participation is required.  To fully benefit from this class, you will need video and audio access.
Please contact sfrpdatthemix@gmail.com for any questions regarding the virtual classes.
Week 1 – “Basic Controls” 
Learn how to navigate through Blender
Learn basic modeling technics
Week 2 – “Model a Character”
Take the modeling to the next level by modeling a character
Can be a car, human, prop, anything
Week 3 – “Rigging in Blender”
Take the Model and add bones to make it move
Add controllers to be ready to animate them
Week 4 – “Animate Your Character”
Take your new rigged character and learn to animate it

Please contact sfrpdatthemix@gmail.com for any questions regarding the virtual classes.


Animation 2 in Blender – Intro to Blender with Rigging
Allen Paul
3/24-4/21 *No class 3/31
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm


Learn the basic building blocks to bring your models to life. Add in joints and controls to allow your models to be animated.   Must have taken Animation 1 in Blender course through SFPL at the Mix or have finished these two tutorials in Lynda.com.   Introduction to 3D by George Maestri Chapters 1 – 6 AND Sculpting a Game Asset in Blender by Darrin Lile. Student must have Blender already downloaded onto your computer before the first class. This is an interactive class – participation is required.  To fully benefit from this class, you will need video and audio access.
Week 1: Introduction to rigging basics
Project: Rigging an arm
Week 2: Rigging FK and IK
Project: Rigging Arms and Legs
Week 3: Checking 3d Models Topology
Project: Modeling a Character to Rig
Week 4: Object Parenting Spacing
Project: Adding Object spacing to rig built

Please contact sfrpdatthemix@gmail.com for any questions regarding the virtual classes.


Animation 3 in Blender – Intro to Blender with Rigging
Allen Paul
3/25-4/22 *No class 4/1
Thursdays 5-6 pm


Learn the basic controls and animation methods to bring your characters to life in Blender 3: Animation. Must have taken Animation 1 in Blender and Animation 2 in Blender courses through SFPL at the Mix or have taken Animation 1 AND finished these two tutorials in Lynda.com.  Introduction to 3D by George Maestri Chapters 1-6 AND Sculpting a Game Asset in Blender by Darrin Lile. Student must have Blender already downloaded onto your computer before the first class. This is an interactive class-participation is required.  To fully benefit from this class, you will need video and audio access.

Please contact sfrpdatthemix@gmail.com for any questions regarding the virtual classes.


Scene Studies
Evan Johnson
3/25-4/22 *No class 4/1
Thursdays, 4-5 pm


This class is for motivated actors and theatre enthusiasts who feel they are ready to work with scripted scenes, monologues and one-act plays. Covering a variety of styles including Shakespeare, contemporary drama, and comedy, this class will focus on character choices, text analysis, and collaboration. Previous stage experience is helpful but not required. 

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How’d They Do That?: Behind the Scenes of Movie Magic & SFX 
Allen Paul
3/25-4/22 *No class 4/1

Thursdays 4-5 pm

Breaking down how camera crews and editors create your favorite special effects in movies.  Each class will feature a different topic.  This class can be repeated.   This is an interactive class – participation is required. To fully benefit from this class, you will need video and audio access.

Please contact sfrpdatthemix@gmail.com for any questions regarding the virtual classes.


Cut!: How to Create SFX for Social Media and short films
Allen Paul
3/25-4/22 *No class 4/1
Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm


Learn how to use in camera techniques to create cooler videos for social media and short films.  Each class will feature a different topic.  This class can be repeated. This is an interactive class-participation is required.  To fully benefit from this class, you will need video and audio access.

Please contact sfrpdatthemix@gmail.com for any questions regarding the virtual classes.