Posts Tagged ‘evanston’

Cartoon Storytelling for Adults of All Ages at Northwestern University

November 30, 2017

Learn the basics of cartooning, storytelling, and creativity. Participants use cartooning to create original characters and personal stories. This course is ideal for anyone interested in the art of cartooning, learning effective visual communication skills, and those interested in taking their creativity to the next level. Our objective is to create and complete and original story with original characters. Make sure your pencils are sharpened; you’ll be drawing a lot!

Six weeks starting January 23, 2018!   Click here for details and sign up!

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Call Me Giant

November 17, 2017

Join us January 25, 2018 at Northwestern University’s Norris Center for an intense acting and character creation experience! Click here for details and sign up.

 

Director Steven Fischer leads actors through exercises for Call Me Giant, part of an actor’s intensive character creation experience at McCormick Auditorium, Evanston, Illinois. Photo by Jeff Sweeton.

 

Director Steven Fischer leads acting exercises at McCormick Auditorium in Evanston, Illinois, as part of an actor’s intensive character creation experience. Photo by Jeff Sweeton.

 

Film director, cartoonist Steven Fischer guides actors at McCormick Auditorium in Evanston, Illinois part of an actor’s intensive character creation experience. Photo by Susan Zielinski.

Cartoon Illustrations for DiamondMind Enterprises

October 28, 2017

L-R: Tom Rosenak at DiamondMind Enterprises works with cartoonist Steven Fischer on drawings for “Acres of Diamonds”.

 

L-R: Tom Rosenak at DiamondMind Enterprises works with cartoonist Steven Fischer on drawings for “Acres of Diamonds”. October 2017.

Discover Norris Mini Courses at Northwestern University!

March 8, 2017

Here’s an excerpt from an article by Aine Dougherty, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Northwestern offers lots of interesting classes for its students, but if your class schedule is full and you’re still itching to learn, look no further than Mini Courses at Norris University Center. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and community members, Mini Courses give participants the chance to learn new skills in just a few short weeks.

Courses cover a wide variety of topics, from cooking to dancing to drinking, so no matter what your interests are, you’ll be able to find a Mini Course that suits your needs. Or, you’ll get the chance to discover a new passion. Some of the most popular courses include Ceramics, Cherokee, Latin Ballroom Dance, and Wine Appreciation (for those over 21). The Spring 2017 program will offer these choices as well as many others, including Baking, Belly Dancing, Public Speaking, and Mixology.

Acting & Character Creation with Steven Fischer

Aspiring Brad Pitts and Angelina Jolies need look no further than Steven Fischer’s Acting and Character Creation class, where they can learn from an two-time Emmy-nominated instructor who has 25 years of work experience as a director, writer, animator, and actor in live-action and animated films. Fischer, a Mini Courses instructor since 2012, says that a typical session of his acting class involves “a lot of acting exercises and improv games” that help students generate performance ideas they can then use outside of class. Fischer affirms that his course is a safe place to create because there are no right or wrong ideas, and he says that participants can make the most out of their experience “simply by being open to something new.”

Film director-producer Steven Fischer works with actors at Northwestern University.

According to Fischer, all of the Mini Courses participants are “the best of the best … They are all ready to work; they are ready to share and give of themselves; they are open. They’re just terrific people.” Don’t you want to be one of them? Sign up today!

Early registration is open now and lasts until March 29 – sign up during that time to save $8. Regular registration lasts until April 16, and courses begin during the third week of April, meeting on weekday evenings for around six weeks. Find more information on the Mini Courses web page, and sign up for the class of your choice at www.nbo.northwestern.edu

 

More Creativity Classes at Northwestern University!

March 30, 2016

Join us for 3 fun-filled classes at Northwestern University’s Norris Center.

Steven Fischer presents minicourses in: Digital Video Editing, Cartoon Storytelling, and Acting for Character !

Register here for Acting for Character

This course is an introduction to acting to experience how performance, movement, body, voice, etc. can be used to generate character performance ideas. The course will be used to help students create and build well-rounded characters for original stories they will produce in class. Characterization, delivery, timing, expression, motivation, body language, and posture will be studied through improvisation exercises, storytelling activities, observation studies, and by examining the work of master actors.

  • Dates/Times:
    • Thursdays: April 14 – May 19; 6:30-8:00pm
  • Location: Norris Center
  • Fee: $70 NU / $80 Public

 

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Steven Fischer works with acting students at Northwestern University. Photo by Dywaine Betts.

 

Register here for Introduction to Cartoon Storytelling

Instructor: Steven Fischer

Learn the art of cartoon storytelling, effective communication techniques, and develop personal expression. Lessons include story breakdown, character development, page layout, and studies from life. Students will create an original story. No previous drawing experience required. If you can create a stick figure, you can still be effective. This course shows  you how!

  • Dates/Times:
    • Thursdays: April 12 – May 17; 6:00-7:30pm
  • Location: Norris Center
  • Fee: $70 NU / $80 Public

 

Register here for Digital Video Editing

Instructor: Steven Fischer

Learn the basics of video editing. This course introduces students to the roll of the editor as storyteller, the history of cinema editing, and the fundamentals of editing as an effective communicator. The course includes hands-on with Premiere Pro. You’ll be editing, a lot! The course is taught by two-time Emmy nominated filmmaker Steven Fischer whose credits include Maryland Public Television/PBS, Oprah Winfrey Network, Nextel, and the films “Freedom Dance” with Mariska Hargitay and “Old School New School” with Brian Cox.

  • Dates/Times:
    • Mondays: April 13 – May 18; 7:00-9:00pm
  • Fee: $100 NU / $110 Public

Old School New School’s 2012 touring schedule

January 11, 2012

Please check back periodically for updates to the Old School New School tour and Steven Fischer’s discussions on how we can tap into our full creative potential.

January 8, Sun., 1pm, Hip Circle Studio, Evanston, IL (play video)
January 24, Tues., 4pm, Northeastern Illinois University
January 27, Fri., 4pm, Cultural Impact Conference 2012
February 8, Wed., Avila University, Kansas City, MO
February 13, Mon., Greenhouse Theater Center, Lincoln Park
(presented by TheatrePros)
March 8, Thurs., Harrington College of Design, Chicago
(presented by Chicago Creative Coalition)
April 5, Thurs., 6.30pm, Chicago Cultural Center
April 6, Fri., 12pm, National Louis University
April 28, Sat., 1pm Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MI

Please let us know if you would like to host an event or can recommend a venue!

How to Foster Creativity in Children

January 11, 2012

In support of Old School New School, I recently gave a talk at Hip Circle Studio in Evanston, Illinois about the creative development of children. Here’s a video clip from the event. Thanks, Malik!