School of thought

Fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion Bobby Chiu counts him­self as a stu­dent at his on­line art re­source Schoolism

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There was a time, Bobby Chiu says, when the qual­ity of art ed­u­ca­tion de­pended on the stan­dard of the school an artist could at­tend. He set up Schoolism to help change that, though his mo­tives weren’t en­tirely al­tru­is­tic.

“I cre­ated Schoolism to help fur­ther my own ed­u­ca­tion,” the founder of Imag­in­ism Stu­dios says. “I think that's what’s made it great. I only in­vite teach­ers that I feel can teach not just stu­dents but pro­fes­sion­als.”

Schoolism of­fers on­line cour­ses led by Bobby and a ros­ter of big-name artists from the entertainment in­dus­try, such as Alex Woo, Sam Niel­son and Nathan Fowkes. Stu­dents choose to learn at their own pace – with 100-day self-taught pro­grammes – or with the ad­di­tional help of per­son­alised video feed­back from in­struc­tors.

Septem­ber sees Schoolism go on a world tour, of­fer­ing live work­shops in nine des­ti­na­tions across three con­ti­nents. “The ben­e­fit of the live work­shops,” Bobby says, “is that you get to meet teach­ers and ask them ques­tions. It's a whole other ex­pe­ri­ence to learn from the peo­ple at the top of their in­dus­tries. Even for some­one like my­self, who’s been go­ing to these work­shops for years, it's in­spir­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing.”

To find out more about the cour­ses on of­fer, visit

Stu­dents can learn the fun­da­men­tals of light­ing or light­ing for story and con­cept art from Sam Niel­son. Imag­in­ism Stu­dios’ Bobby Chiu, who’s also worked at Dis­ney and Warner Bros., leads cour­ses in dig­i­tal

paint­ing and crea­ture de­sign. An­drew Hou presents a course en­ti­tled in­tro­duc­tion to dig­i­tal paint­ing, in which he takes stu­dents through Pho­to­hop’s core tools and paint­ing tech­niques.

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