[Techniques in Painting 1 / Year 1]
The flagship class of the Cartoon Art Course.During their summer vacation, students are expected to complete at least 500 croquis drawings.By drawing numerous sketches of animals at the zoo and of people coming and going at a train station, students hone their observational skills and ability to draw with precision.The more students work, the more their drawing skills improve. Many students notice marked improvements to their drawing abilities from before and after the summer holidays.
[Caricature 2M / Year 2]
Students learn about caricatures (satirical cartoons)—which are different than simple portraiture—with an emphasis on expressive techniques.In class, students harness their unique sensibilities to create satirical images that capture the features and traits of real people and newsworthy events.The class culminates with students creating a picture book of about four pages.
Students develop their artistic skills through completing a series of sketches and croquis drawings, focusing on hand-drawing with pen and paper.They hone their drawing skills and observation abilities, which serve as the foundation of their creative process.
Students are exposed to a wide variety of materials and techniques to expand their artistic abilities while learning basic cartoon drawing concepts and developing their sense of humor.
Students are divided into three classes—cartoon art, picture books, and art—where they work on different projects.Students can also study animation and games through elective courses cross-listed with the Faculty of Manga.
Students work on their graduation projects to establish their individual styles of expression.They also take steps towards working as professional picture book artists and illustrators by submitting their work to competitions and public exhibitions.
A studio in the Taiho-kan.Each year has its own classroom where students have dedicated desks to do work.
The Cartoon Gallery displays student works as well as manga created by professional artists.