This is a topic for forumite teachers to list and discuss their classes. I was going to post this in the Classes I Would Take post, but it seemed better served as a new topic. Most of us now know what we will be teaching, though registration is likely a long way away. We'll leave scheduling and such out of this, but if you are a teacher and your classes have been approved, list your classes and a short description here, and I'll list them alphabetically by your forum name in this first post so the forumites have a quick reference to who on the forums if teaching, who they are IRL, and what they are teaching. Please follow the format I have below (or something close to it) so it is easy for me to list. If you'd rather just PM the info to me, that's fine too.
Everyone else should feel free to ask questions. Please @ the teacher in question so they are aware that you have a question.
Forumite Teacher Class List for 2019
Note, dates times and classes are subject to change as they continue to refine and fill the class lists. See the official site for up to date information once they are fully live.
Corporea (Erin Hartwell)
Skin Deep- 2 hours, Thursday and Saturday Type: Painting Level: Intermediate Format: Hands-on Synopsis: This is an intermediate level skin class, focused mainly on blending and glazing to achieve smooth skin tones. Students should be familiar with glazing and/or layering in order to get the most out of this class. While the majority of the class will be spent on the face, I will cover placement of highlights and shadows on other skin surfaces and the differences between painting male and female figures. Please bring a brush with a nice tip. I find it easier to blend skin with a size 1 or 2 brush, as smaller brushes tend to dry out more quickly. Students will receive a handout on material covered in the class and all other materials will be provided.
The Skincare Routine- 2 hours, Thursday Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: How to make the pimples vanish and the true you shine through? Er, not exactly, but... this is a beginner level class on how to approach skin tones. We’ll cover color choices, basic highlights and shadowing, washes, facial features and hopefully a simple way to tackle eyes. Please bring a brush with a nice tip. A handout and all other materials will be provided. If you don’t have a nice brush, I should have several loaners available, so never fear!
Color Theory 101- 2 hours, Friday Type: Painting Level: Beginner (really any level, color theory is the bestest) Format: Lecture then painting Synopsis: Ever wonder why some colors don’t play well with others? Or what all those fancy terms painters sling around really mean? Never fear! This is a beginner level class on my favorite subject: How to make friends with and influence colors! We’ll cover terms, examples, paint qualities, mixing and troubleshooting in lecture format for the first hour. We’ll create our very own color wheels and practice applying the principles we’ve learned for the remainder of the time. Please bring a brush you use for rough work such as basework or priming- something old and well-loved, as we might be abusing it just a bit. A handout and everything else needed for class will be provided. Please note, some of the paints we will be working with are TOXIC, so no brushlicking allowed.
Doug Sundseth (Doug Sundseth)
Introduction to Miniatures Painting, 2 hours, Thursday, 7pm (plus a second class wait listed) Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: So you've never painted a miniature before? This class starts at the very beginning, discussing tools, paints, ergonomics, and basic techniques. We will be working on a Bones miniature as we discuss preparation, brush control, and finishing. Bring a decent paintbrush.
Miniatures Photography 101, 2 hours, Thursday, 9pm Type: Demonstration Level: All Format: Seminar Synopsis: Most miniatures photography is very simple -- miniatures don't move and you have complete control over the light. And there's a ton of information about photographing miniature figurines around. Unfortunately, most of it is wrong. In fact not just wrong but it actually makes your photos worse. We will discuss the right camera, how to use the camera you already have, and the simplest way to get a decent photo. We will touch on more complex setups like dioramas and translucents. We will process the photos and discuss the different needs of different environments. Feel free to bring your camera and come with any questions you have.
Introduction to Painting Translucent Miniatures, 2 hours, Saturday, 5pm Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: With the increase in production of plastic miniatures, Reaper and other companies are now producing more miniatures that are partially or completely translucent. These can of course be painted in exactly the same way as opaque miniatures, but that misses out on some of the unique features afforded by being able to see through the miniature. We will be discussing the unique challenges of translucents and ways to mitigate them while getting a pleasing result, both on clear and colored translucents.
Kuro Cleanbrush (Ian Markon)
Total Metal!!!: A Complete NMM Bootcamp (4-hour class, Friday)
Level: Intermediate (you really need to be able to blend)
Format: Hands-on (I do a step, you do a step, I do a step, you do a step...)
Synopsis: In this double-length, hands-on class, I will teach you the basics of painting NMM. In the time we have, we will cover some general theory of NMM as we practice the principles on a mini. We will try to cover both steel/silver NMM and gold/bronze NMM. We will also cover a little bit about how to paint different geometries of metal objects as well as how to change the NMM to "polish" or "dull" it. This class is over lunch so that we can take a good break midway through, get some food, and (if people want to) squeeze in a few more minutes of practice as we eat, though I will not cover any new class material over lunch so that no one gets left behind if they need to step out for a more substantial break.
Blending: Layering and Feathering (2 class sections, Thursday and Saturday)
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Format: Hands-on (I do a step, you do a step, I do a step, you do a step...)
Synopsis: In this hands-on class, I will teach you how to perform buttery-smooth blends through a method of layering and feathering over an opaque base coat. This is a comparatively brute-force blending method compared to glazing, wet blending, or etc., but it can reliably produce excellent results without the pressure of a ticking clock, and it is therefore my preferred method of blending. It can also be more forgiving, in some ways, than other blending methods, and it can be very formula-driven. These attributes make this method of blending a great first method to learn. (Note: My style of blending is very similar to Wren's [Rhonda Bender] style [since she taught me], so I would advise against taking both of our blending classes during the con as that could prove redundant to the student.)
Faces and Eyes (Thursday)
Level: Intermediate (you should know how to slap down a basecoat and have developed some brush control)
Format: Hands-on (I do a step, you do a step, I do a step, you do a step...)
Synopsis: In this hands-on class, I will teach you how to level-up the faces and, especially, the eyes of your minis. We will cover tricks to improve brush control to help tackle the eyes as well as general theory for making the eyes "pop". We will also cover general highlight/shadow placement on faces and (time allowing) the basics of how to give you minis expressions.
LordDave (Dave Cecil)
Basing – Realistic water effects (Thursday, 10 AM) Type: Basing Level: Intermediate Format: Hands-on Synopsis: We have been painting minis for years and now you are at a point where your minis look great, well except for the big black disc they are standing on. This class will demonstrate several methods of creating watery bases. Making convincing water bases takes time. But much of that time is drying time between steps. The class will teach each step of the process and allow students to have hands on practice of the techniques. When a step requires longer drying time, the base will be set aside and premade bases (fully cured) will be handed out to use for the next steps. This will mean each student will leave with several bases in various stages of completion. Class will cover water and ice bases as well as how to add mosses, reeds, shells, sand, snow, et c. to accent the water features. All materials will be provided.
The dragon’s in the details; horns, teeth, claws, eyes, scales. (Thursday 5 PM) Type: Painting Level: Intermediate to advanced Format: Hands-on Synopsis: Its game day, the players set their minis out near the battlemap and anxiously await tonight’s adventure. As the DM of this veteran group you have a horde of minis behind your screen waiting to weave a grand tale of glory. Little do these players know there is a great dragon lying in wait nearby. The shock of the huge dragon appearing on the battlefield will be a memory etched into their minds for a lifetime, better make sure its ready. This class will do just that. Designed for intermediate to advanced level painters, this class will cover the detail work of the grand beast. Horns, Teeth and claws need to be menacing. Eyes need to sparkle hiding the most sinister of thoughts. And the scales show that this dragon is no stranger to combat. Using various techniques to paint the details, you will learn how to bring your dragon from “hey that’s cool, let’s kill it”, to “Holy cow, that is amazing….Run!!!” A small dragon will be provided to each participant, but feel free to bring your own larger beasts if you prefer as well as your own brushes.
Beyond the tabletop (Friday 3 PM)
(sidenote: tabletop painting is probably my specialty) Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: We all have hordes of miniatures from the bones kickstarters, swag bags, the melt table and any other source we can find to feed our addiction. Some of them we will save for some grand masterpiece, but what about the rest of the pile? Painting fast and effective is a different skillset than the skills needed for competition work. This class is designed for all who want to learn techniques to quickly paint miniatures for the tabletop game. Each participant will receive a miniature that we will paint together in such a way that it is not only completed in the class time, but will impress the other folks around the game table. Not every miniature needs to be painted to a competition level, but even tabletop mini should at least be at a level that makes the artist proud of his or her work. This is the class for those of us that want some awesome minis for our weekly game night, in bulk. Students are expected to bring several brushes to the class. The miniature, paints and other materials will be provided.
This isn't my first battle - adding aging effects to painted minis (Sunday 10 AM) Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: This class will teach students how to add rust effects, verdigris, and tarnish to metals; Age leather and cloth; Make wood look worn and other effects to add realism to the figure. No self-respecting orc wears shiny plate mail. No great northern barbarian cleans his boots…. Its time to show off the wear and tear on your gear as though it’s some sort of badge of honor. Students will be provided with a pre-painted miniature that will look like he just stepped out of “Ye Old Adventurers Supply Shoppe”, then together, we will add weathering on the gear, armor and weapons. Followed by blood and mud splatters to finish off the look.
Kids class 1 – Younger kids, 6- 8 (Saturday 10 AM) Type: Painting Level: Kids ages 6 to 8 Format: Hands-on paint-n-take Synopsis: Basically a paint and take for little ones. Don’t want the younger kids to feel left out during this time slot, especially in the case of siblings. The class will be very basic as far as instruction, with just some guidance along the way. The focus will be more on having a good time, rather than learning specific skills.
Kids class 2 – Older kids, 9 to 12 (Saturday 1 PM) Type: Painting Level: Kids ages 9 to 12 Format: Hands-on paint-n-take Synopsis:
The class will teach kids ages 9 to 12 the basics of miniature painting as we work together to paint a horde of monsters. Kids will continue to learn basic color theory, shading, highlighting and adding details. Some of the miniatures from this class will be used as monsters for the kids DnD game. Kids will be asked to bring the mini with them to the game session.
Kids D&D game (Saturday afternoon 3 to 5(tbd)) Type: Game Level: Kids ages 9 to 12 Format: Play Synopsis:
This will be a short, simplified version of the DnD rules. It will be designed to provide a good experience for the kids age 9-12 that hopefully participated in the classes. The goal is to provide a rounded view of what miniatures are used for while providing some good fun for these kids. I will design the game, provide materials needed to play and run the game. Treasure found in the game will be represented by candy (parental approval will be requested) In each kid class, the kids will get minis to bring to the game. One for their PC, and one of the monsters. When the party enters a room with several orcs in there, I will ask the kids to put their orcs in the room, and then their characters will need to deal with them. Should be a fun experience for the kids, and may start them into a clean, lifelong hobby
OneBoot (Lauren Cowles)
Fun with Shiny Paint!
Level: Any, though more beginner-oriented
Synopsis: Do you want to do more than just paint silver on your swords and armor? Have you always wanted to experiment with different colors of metallic paint? Do you struggle with painting chainmail? If so, this class is for you! In this beginner-level course, we will cover how to thin metallic paints, use them for drybrushing, achieve different effects by layering metallics over regular paints, and how to do basic shading and highlighting with metallics. Miniatures and paints will be provided, as well as a handout. Bring your own brushes (including an OLD brush, since drybrushing is tough on the bristles) and come with questions!
Rainbow Sculptor (Christine Van Patten)
Format: Interactive Lecture
Synopsis: In this course you will learn how to develop unique and interesting characters for drawing, painting, or sculpting miniatures. We'll discuss topics including shape language, posing with expression, costume design, and body type variation. Please bring a sketchbook and pencil, drawing experience preferred. Printed packet will be included to minimize the need for note taking.
Paint the Hoard: Speed painting Techniques for Tabletop Quality Minis
Level: Any, though more beginner-oriented
Synopsis: Got a pile of Bones that haunt you for not painting them? This course will teach you a variety of techniques ranging from 15 to 45 minutes per figure that will result in a tabletop quality mini that you'll be proud to put on your gaming table.
(Paint the Hoard will be taught by both me and Emmagine aka my husband Kyle)
Sirithiliel (Jennifer Mellor)
Don't Fear the Dragon (Friday 3:00)
Synopsis: Dragons can be scary, especially for new painters. This is a class on how to tackle dragons and large miniatures, covering color choice and the painting process. the steps taught can be applied for tabletop painting or developed further for competition painting.
TaleSpinner (Andrew Pieper)
Sculpting Nature (Saturday 10 AM) Type: Sculpting Level: Beginner to Intermediate Format: Demo and Hands-on Synopsis: This class will teach you the fundamentals of epoxy putty sculpting by having you follow along in the sculpting of a rock, a leaf, and a stump. Though simple, these three projects will give you the foundations to create nearly any sculpt by using the fundamentals learned in each to build more complex sculptures.
How Not to Suck: Sculpting Edition (Friday 10 AM) Type: Sculpting Level: Beginner Format: Lecture Synopsis: This class is patterned after the now famous HTNS painting class. It is essentially an information dump of everything I wish I had known when I first started sculpting. It will cover everything a budding sculptor would want to know to get going. I include a lot of my own follies, mistakes, and "Ah ha!" moments gathered over the last nine years of my career as a freelance sculptor.
Glazing: When, Why, and How (Thursday 1 PM) Type: Painting Level: Intermediate (Beginner is OK too, but I do expect the students to understand basic paint thinning, mixing, and to have a good quality brush) Format: Demo and Hands-on Synopsis: This class will define glazing and discuss, demonstrate, and allow practice for several different applications; including layering, smoothing transitions, TMM, etc... The exact applications to be shown will be decided by the class during the opening discussion. I'm re-tooling this class this year to make it flow better (last year, we had issues with dry times, so I will be doing more basecoat prework on the minis this year).
Tattoos, Spots, and Other Skin Effects (Thursday 10 AM) Type: Painting Level: Intermediate (Beginner is OK too, but I do expect the students to understand basic paint thinning, mixing, and to have a good quality brush) Format: Demo and Hands-on Synopsis: This class will demonstrate how to use freehand techniques and glazes to make realistic looking tattoos, spots, blood veins, bruises, and other skin effects. The lessons learned in this class can also be applied to other subtle patterns such as fur patterns and brocade cloth.
vutpakdi (Ron Vutpakdi)
Step by Step Beginner Miniature Painting (Thursday, 10 AM) Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: So, you’ve found the perfect mini for your PC, and you want to paint it. What are the basic steps of miniature painting so that you can turn out a good tabletop quality mini? In this step by step beginner miniature painting class- students will paint the same miniature at the same time using basic beginner techniques including drybrushing and using washes.
A Beginning Painter's Toolkit (Friday, 10 AM) Type: Painting Level: Beginner Format: Hands-on Synopsis: So you found a mini that you want to paint? What do you need besides a brush and paint? What would be helpful? We'll talk about tools for beginning painters including files, primer, brushes, palettes, paint, and varnish. Hands on portions of the class include brush on priming, putting on a base coat, and then making washes with matte medium.
Wren (Rhonda Bender aka BirdWithABrush.com)
Non-Metallic Blades: 2 hours, Thursday 1pm Type: Painting Level: Practiced beginner to intermediate Format: Hands-on Synopsis:
Non-metallic metal looks great in photographs, and is a good choice for figures with more delicately sculpted metal details, but it can be tricky to pull off. We'll start the class with a brief discussion of paint colour choices, placement of highlights and shadows, and other elements that contribute to the successful illusion of NMM. Then we'll jump right into practicing with techniques you can apply to weapon blades for a great looking result. Attendees will receive a figure to practice on and a handout for later reference so you won't need to spend class time taking notes. Please bring a good quality brush with a fine point.
(My aim with this one is that we do not get bogged down in blending. We use a more textured method of paint application so we can keep the focus on practicing the principles of where to place highlights and shadows to get a convincing 'shine'.)
Painting Hair: 2 hours, Thursday 3pm, and Friday 1pm Type: Painting Level: Practiced beginner to intermediate Format: Hands-on Synopsis: Learn how to paint more realistic looking and interesting hair on miniature figures. Various painting techniques will be demonstrated for you, which you will then be able to practice with yourself on your free practice miniature. The techniques used in this class include layering, feathering, glazing, and lining. Class discussion also includes guidelines for where to place highlights and shadows to create the appearance of shiny hair, final detailing steps in painting hair, and how to choose colours for both natural looking and fantastical hair. Each attendee will also receive a colour reference hand-out that includes a list of Reaper paints you can use to create various hair colours. Please bring a good quality brush with a fine point.