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WEEKLY DRAW CLUB

Come see us: 15 W 6TH St Holland MI 49423

(616) 796-4471

THE MIDWEST'S ONE STOP CARTOON SHOP

IN STUDIO:

$10 PER WEEKLY SESSION

$5 EACH ADDITIONAL CHILD IN THE SAME FAMILY

$10 PER SEMESTER SUPPLIES FEE

PAY ONLINE OR WITH CASH AT CLASS


GRAND RAPIDS- THURSDAY

1:30-3:30PM

1676 VIEWPOND DR SE SUITE 9B


GRANDVILLE- THURSDAY*

5:00-6:30PM

GRANDVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL PROJECT ROOM

*COOPERATIVE WITH GRANDVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS... SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SCHEDULE (SEE WEBSITE)


HOLLAND- FRIDAY

1:00-3:00PM

4:00-6:00PM

GOOGENIUS STUDIO- 15 W 6TH ST

ONLINE:

$10 PER WEEKLY SESSION

$5 EACH ADDITIONAL CHILD IN THE SAME FAMILY

WE PROVIDE YOU A LIST OF SUPPLIES

PAY ONLINE OR WITH CASH AT CLASS


HOLLAND- FRIDAY

1:00-3:00PM

4:00-6:00PM

7;00-9:00PM

JOIN US VIA ZOOM FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!

(ALL SESSIONS POSTED ARE EASTERN STANDARD TIME)

Draw Club is a weekly drawing class where we explore all kinds of drawing styles and subjects together. Classes run approximately two hours.


Each class costs $10 and is stand alone, though we try to draw in 4-week themes. Classes are in-person in Grand Rapids and Holland, MI, and online everywhere. See the cemter column for times and locations. We provide all supplies in-person. Online Draw Clubbers will receive a supply list and PDF files of the weeks drawing sheets and reference guides for each lesson


Draw Club is always evolving and our goals are:

•to encourage kids to draw

•to give kids the tools and techniques to draw well

•to provide a safe, fun drawing community

•to remain affordable for anyone


THIS WEEK IN DRAW CLUB:

WHAT IS DRAW CLUB?

2021-2022 SCHEDULE:

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WHAT'S A CLASS LIKE?

WHAT ABOUT SHUT DOWNS?

This is a Manga drawing session from last year. Drawing starts at the 4 minute mark. We're always evolving, but classes run generally like this.


We follow a flexible session structure:

•5 minute greetings and logistics

•5 minute talk about the day's lesson

•45 min/1 hr step-by-step drawing with Mr Wade

•Bathroom break

•30 minutes of applying concepts to our own art

•30 minutes of taking it to the next level together

Week 12: Holiday Card

We'll take a break from our Graphic Stories series to have some fun over the holiday. Let's draw some great holiday cards that will make family and friends laugh (and save you some money at the store, too)! But it's not as easy as it looks...there's a lot that goes into a greeting card and we'll explore it all!


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•All materials provided for in-studio participants

•Online classes will be sent PDF files of the lesson

to print out, and a list of supplies for that lesson

Shut downs may or may not happen. This is our reality. Either way, we'll be ready. The great part about Draw Club is it translates very well online. So if you're an in-studio regular, and we can't

meet in person for a week or more, you have the option of joining our Zoom class. The times are posted in the center column. We've added extra online sessions this year and they are available for anyone who can't make it to class for any reason (no ride, snowed in, feeling under the weather).

What ages are the Draw Club classes for?

Draw Club is for kids aged 7-16


Could my 6 year old attend In-person classes if he or she really loves drawing?

We're always happy to make an exception, but a student must be able to stay focused on drawing for the whole two hour session, otherwise it's not fun for them and distracts other students.


Doesn't the large age range cause compatibility problems?

Traditionally, no. That's the great part about drawing. Ages, drawing styles, and talent levels tend to migrate toward each other at different tables. Within the bigger Draw Club, we have several small groups, and most of the time we all just have a good time drawing together.


Do you have adult drawing classes?

We're working on Draw Club activities for multiple age groups including Early Learners, Older Teens/Young Adults, Adults and Seniors.


How do we pay for classes?

Traditionally, students bring cash or checks to each session. We also accept Paypal and Credit Card payments here on our website (through Shopify).


Can I pay for multiple classes?

We're rolling out a complete Shopify store that will let you purchase multiple classes online. In person you can always pay ahead and we'll keep the payment in a ledger and let you know when you've reached the end of your paid sessions.

Do we have to come every week?

No. Only come to the classes that interest you (see schedule above). It is helpful to come to all the sessions of a particular series (ie. Comic Book Month), but not at all necessary.


What if my student can't be at class, but really wants to do that week's lesson?

This year we'll be doing the Draw Club sessions on Zoom as well as in person. We're also putting all of our lessons online for the week following the class. If you want to work on that lesson, but can't attend in person, we'll send you a code to join by Zoom or access the session when we receive your payment.


What if everything shuts down again? Will there be Draw Club?

Things like this are bound to happen. If we experience shutdowns due to virus concerns again, Draw Club will continue online at its regularly scheduled time. We've been building a studio that will allow us to record Draw Club sessions and share them with you in real time and as archived recordings. We'll make online payment options easy and give you online access to the live session and recorded lesson for a whole week.


Is it safe to meet in person during this pandemic?

So far it seems so. Our studio improvments allow for more spacing and air flow, and we'll have plenty of masks, sanitizer, wipes  available. If mandates change, we'll evaluate and determine how to best move forward smartly and safely.


Do we have to share our work?

It will be encouraged  but never required. Everyone's work is their own and we don't want anyone feeling uncomfortable. That said, it is our experience that with a little nudging, most kids love to have others see their work and get positive feedback.

What if my kid is kind of a loner?

Many are. Drawing is often a solitary activity anyway. You arent' forced to work with, talk to and share with others, but again, after a little time in Draw Club we've found that the community element to drawing appeals to most students.


What is the materials/supplies fee for?

All students receive folders to keep their work in, plus all the tools necessary for class (pencils, pens, printed sheets, rulers, markers, colored pencils, erasers...oh, and membership cards)


Is the semester materials fee per student or per family?

The fee is per student, however if it is a problem for you to pay $10 per student per semester for materials we will work with you to make it fit your budget.


My student was in Draw Club last year...is this year going to be the same thing?

Yes...and no. We will have the same lesson disciplines, but the exercises change up and your student will be working on developing skills in that area even further. We have had kids in Draw Club 6 years straight and their improvement over that time is incredible.


Are there any scholarships for Draw Club?

Currently, no. But hopefully soon. There are learning partnerships that can help pay for classes (ask us about those if your child is home schooled or part of a virtual learning partnership).

I am not sure what magic spell you did last week, but Will came home and proceeded to draw ten more drawings! On Saturday he did more, and Sunday...his brothers followed in the fun and they all were drawing!

-Heather V (Mom)




Hannah listed Draw Club as her high today when we did highs and lows :)

-Bekah W (Mom)




Dear Mr Wade, I had too much fun with you this year!

-Ellie U (Student)




I hope next year is as great or greater than this year! Manga was one of my favorite drawing styles we learned.

-Mak S (Student)


Draw Club is structured in monthly  themes so that we can explore various techniques and styles of drawing a little more in-depth that we might in single lessons. In general the year follows these themes:


September

We launch with simple character development and enhancement


October

Cartoon strips and panels help us move into cartoon narratives


November

Graphic stories and visual story thinking to create full adventures


December

Fun with holiday art and personal drawing (journals, etc)


January

Classic illustration techniques help us improve realism


February

Comic books and superhero themed exercises


March

Manga style drawings and story/action development


April

Art for classic games, film and video games


May

Drawing for a living: T-Shirts, Logos, Architecture, Kids' Books


June

Putting other's ideas down in visual form

Draw Club: Learning to Communicate Ideas Visually


One of the greatest inventions of all time is the pencil. Think of how many amazing buildings, organizations, products, events, pieces of art, expressions of love, games and movies started with someone putting those ideas down on paper with a pencil. Southwest airlines started with a triangle on the back of a napkin!


Draw Club isn't about making your child Michelangelo, it's about giving them the power to pull ideas out of their head, give those ideas meaning others can grasp, and building confidence to share those ideas with others. The concepts that will shape the future will come from those who can combine ideas and express them visually so others can understand.


And if a child just so happens to have an unreal talent for the artistic side of drawing, well, Draw Club can develop that, too!