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Schoolism House Apprenticeship July 2017

by Erin Connally


I’ve been an artist as long as I can remember. Which is why when I graduated from high school, the only thing I could imagine doing was spending time studying and developing my skills as an artist. I graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with my BFA in Studio Arts - Painting. Since then, I’ve worked over eight years in random jobs to support my art career.

While working at an artist residency in France during the summer of 2015, I first realized that I did not know how to visually tell a story. I began to research how to share stories beyond my fine art knowledge and to my surprise I stumbled upon the film and animation industries. Within these industries I discovered concept art which is the art of rendering imaginary worlds, the inhabitants of those worlds, and the worlds’ objects. In essence, it is sharing the stories of our imagination visually.

On a whim, I volunteered at an animation conference (CTNx) in 2015, just to see what it was all about. I flew to Los Angeles and had an amazing weekend learning about the animation industry, making fun friends and acquaintances, and feeling as if I had found my tribe.Fast forward to 2016. After continuing to pursue high end portraiture, abstraction, and working as culinary director in an artist residency, I realized I hadn't felt as at home with other artists since CTNx. So, I decided to volunteer again at CTNx 2016 to see if I still felt the same way. And I did x 10,000. It felt like a homecoming of people who understood the importance of story, imagination, and world-building. Coming back from the conference, I decided to stop doing commissions in the art world, take a small part time job, and start pursuing concept art full time.

Since February 1st, I created a course for myself to learn everything I can about this industry and how to be the best artist possible in it.

And that brings us to now. I discovered Schoolism House which is a 30 day "Learning by Doing" training program for aspiring concept artists. As Schoolism describes, “throughout your month at the Schoolism House, you will greatly improve your speed, productivity, and ability to effectively communicate ideas through drawing and painting.” More specifically, Schoolism House divides their curriculum into four weeks:

Week 1: Structure

- I will be learning to communicate through the art of line, shape, and form.

Week 2: Light and Shadow

- I will learn how light impacts the structural quality of form.

Week 3: Digital Painting

- I will be learning how to apply color theory, lighting, and structure to original characters I create digitally.  

Week 4: Acrylic Painting

- The final week I will spend recreating one of my digital characters through traditional media, furthering my understanding of both analogue and digital media.

Schoolism House is well known among the entertainment community, and it is an honor to be a participant. I applied to Schoolism for this July and have been chosen as one of four people to be a personal apprentice to professional concept artists currently working in the animation, film, and publishing industries.

For this amazing opportunity I am needing to raise a maximum of $5,600 by June 5, 2017. 

This amount will cover:

- my airfare to the Schoolism House location in Sainte-Julienne, Quebec

- required travel health insurance

- the minimum $4900 Schoolism fee (includes: room & board, computer, Wacom Cintiq Tablet, art materials, and field trips.)

I would be so grateful if you choose to partner with me in this exciting opportunity I have been given to grow in my desired art form. If you do, I would love to gift you with the perks listed with each corresponding gift amount on the right!

Grateful and excited,



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