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Our world is changing at record-breaking speed – we are making history, right & left. But left to the news media, it’s likely to be reduced to sound bites. Instead, let’s create some rich, personal histories / her-stories – visually!


Illustration is visual communication. It’s all about story-telling, & getting your point across concisely. Class will cover techniques to help you sort out your thoughts & feelings, and turn your passionate opinions into strong visual statements.


This is not a drawing class, but basic drawing skills are all you need. Each student will get individual guidance (using Zoom’s break out rooms). Artwork will be shared via Google Photos. We’ll have demos and group critiques in each class.


Virtual Illustration: Op Ed/Editorial

Tues. nights, Aug. 25 – Sept. 8; 6:15 – 8:45 PM on Zoom


Weeks 1 & 2:

Another chance for students to express their personal views; this time designed for magazines / newspapers.

Week 3: Gestalt / Group Critique

Students will “bring in” both / all of their finished illustrations for group critique & discussion.


Materials list:

The ArtSchool is making an effort to reduce the materials required for online classes where possible. For this class, the following materials will be useful:




Cheap office paper 8.5 x 11” or thereabouts; or sketchbook 9 x 12” or similar

Kneaded eraser, if you have it. Or any other kind will do.



Pencils / vine charcoal

** 11 x 17” Paper (or thereabouts)

Drawing or painting medium(s) of your choice. Choose a medium you are already familiar with.*



Poster, Op-Ed / Editorial

** 80# paper; either 12” x 18” or similar for poster. Editorial illustrations can be a bit smaller

Drawing or painting medium(s) of your choice. Choose a medium you are already familiar with.

*Artwork could be done on computer instead. (as long as you know what you’re doing).


Protest Sign

Corrugated cardboard (cut from a box is fine)

House paint (preferably acrylic / latex)

House Paint brushes (1” & 3” or 4”)

You may also want a stick to attach to the back (Big paint stirrer sticks work well)


** Order paper from Dick Blick if you like: https://www.dickblick.com/items/10209-1079/


Leanza – Tuesdays, Aug 25th-Sept 8th, 6:15pm-8:45pm (TACOL 2020)


About the instructor:

Stacye Leanza is a professional muralist & illustrator, with a BFA from Parsons School of Design in NYC. Her cartoons for kids have been published locally and her editorial illustrations nationally. Her murals are scattered around the Triangle; she has the distinction of having painted the largest mural in Chatham County. She has taught drawing and art to grown-ups and kids, privately and in classes and workshops in both instructional and therapeutic settings. Her focus in the drawing class is on learning how to see, by accessing the creative, perceptive Right Brain. The immediate result is the ability to draw more realistically. Visit her Facebook page at “Leanza-art, etc.,” or her website: www.leanza-art.com.


This class is conducted online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Student gives permission for The ArtsCenter and for instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes.


All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course!