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This class provides critiques and instructor feedback for the on-demand course: Introduction to Animal Anatomy.

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Office Hours
This Live Class offers Office Hours at an additional cost. Office Hours allows you to join an hour-long group video call with Joe every Wednesday. During Office Hours, you can get personalized help on class assignments, ask questions, and share your work directly with Joe. To get your Office Hours Pass, use the link below. You will receive a link to the video call before class starts. Office hours run during class hours.

Your Office Hours Pass is good for the entire length of the Live Class, and you can join as many Office Hours as you like.

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  • Class Description
    In this 8-week Live Class, master animal anatomist, animal draftsperson and painter, Joe Weatherly, will take you on a beginner-friendly journey into the anatomy of animals. Joe will teach you how to visualize the simplified three-dimensional structures that lie beneath the fur, feathers, and scales of animals to give you a powerful new way to construct your animal artwork!

    By the end of this course, you will know how to construct a variety of animals and understand the key factors that make them unique.

  • Format
    This Live Class is presented as a pre-recorded lecture with live critiques. While it is encouraged that you attend class live on the dates and times specified below, it is not required, and you can still watch a DVR of the class between weekly classes, and turn in your assignments for critique.

    As a Live Class participant, you will attend class digitally, via a live stream which will appear on the website. Each week, you will be asked to watch certain sections pre-recorded course instruction, then complete the assigned homework. You will then submit that homework for an opportunity to have it critiqued live by the instructor. During class, you can talk with other students, ask the instructor questions, share your work, and receive feedback on your assignments.

    You must have an active subscription to attend this class. For more information, please contact us here.
  • Day and Time
    This Live Class will run for 9 weeks. The first week is an introduction and the following 8 weeks will line up with the pre-recorded content. Starting week 2, the first hour of class is reserved for Office Hours.

    Class runs every Wednesday from 4pm - 6pm PT starting April 27th, 2022.
  • How to Attend
    You will be provided with a link to the live class stream page shortly before class starts. Make sure you enroll for updates.

Meet Your Instructor

Joe Weatherly is a Southern California-based artist specializing in the drawing and painting of animals. His style is bold and vigorous, capturing the essence and drama of the subjects he draws and paints. Weatherly has published several books on animal drawing, including The Weatherly Guide to Drawing Animals, Animal Essence: the Art of Joe Weatherly, and the Joe Weatherly Sketchbook. He has also taught drawing at Nickelodeon Animation, Dreamworks Animation, Universal Studios, Art Center College of Design, Laguna College of Art and Design, and The Academy of Art in San Francisco.Joe is very passionate about the conservation of the natural world. He hopes his work will motivate people to protect it and promote its survival. Joe has had several solo shows at the Ford Motor Companies Corporate Headquarters, California State University Fullerton, and Galerie Daniel Maghen in Paris, France. His work is hung in private collections across Europe and North America.