Dig­i­tal art school firm foun­da­tion

On­line plat­form Foun­da­tion Group fo­cuses on of­ten-over­looked fun­da­men­tal art skills

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“Let’s face it. Foun­da­tion has never been the most ap­peal­ing sub­ject to stu­dents, es­pe­cially those who didn’t re­ceive a for­mal ed­u­ca­tion in art,” says Matthew Zikry, one of the founders of the dig­i­tal ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice Foun­da­tion Group. “Sub­jects such as per­spec­tive, ba­sic draw­ing and de­sign the­ory can­not com­pete with tu­to­ri­als float­ing around on speed-paint­ing and pho­to­bash­ing when it comes to ap­peal.”

Feel­ing that stu­dents were be­ing cheated out of cru­cial parts of their ed­u­ca­tion, Matthew, John Park and Daniel Jin Park set up just over a year ago on Pa­treon. “The cur­ricu­lum [aims at] artists look­ing to en­ter the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, but can be widely ap­plied to artists of all fields,” he says.

Stu­dents and artists are free to join just tu­to­rial ses­sions alone, or pledge, as part of the feed­back group, to sub­mit monthly as­sign­ments for in­di­vid­ual cri­tique from in­struc­tors. “We find this as­pect very im­por­tant – th­ese pro­fes­sion­als can ad­vise stu­dents on real-world work sit­u­a­tions and help guide their skill set to­wards those used in the in­dus­try to­day,” Matthew ex­plains. “The cur­ricu­lum is also unique in that it al­lows stu­dents to select and cater their ed­u­ca­tion based on their needs.”

With hun­dreds of stu­dents al­ready signed up, Matthew sug­gests that Foun­da­tion Group plans to de­velop the cur­ricu­lum and ex­pand the num­ber of in­struc­tors. “There are a few po­ten­tial work­shop in­struc­tors who can of­fer in­put based on their ex­pe­ri­ences in an­i­ma­tion, film, games, as well as theme park de­sign,” he hints.

Ex­plore Foun­da­tion Group’s cur­ricu­lum and be­come a pa­tron by vis­it­ing their site: www.pa­treon.com/foun­da­tion.

En­rolled stu­dents re­ceive a to­tal of seven ses­sions a month. Stu­dents can sub­mit their work to get feed­back from in­dus­try pros.

Foun­da­tion Group en­ables each stu­dent to select and build their own path.

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