We provide masterclasses from world renowned experts who are brought in to share their knowledge with you. Our small class sizes and face to face delivery means that you will spend one on one time with people who have shaped their respective industries. Their knowledge of the work practices of places like Weta Workshops, Epic Games, and other big name companies will help you understand what it takes to be employed by the best.
Armand is a former Art Director, Concept Designer, and character and environment designer for Pixar, Disney Feature Animation, and DreamWorks Animation. This workshop will introduce students to the fundamental principles in designing characters and environments to be put together in a "Story Moment" illustration primarily used for visual development in film, animation, game design, and print illustration. The course will focus on using traditional media to create the foundation for what can then be made into portfolio level finished concept art later on.
We are pleased to announce our School Holiday Programme for end of Term 2. Our programme is open to all students 12 years or older. We have 2 weeks of 2 different days theses which meet each week for the entirety of term 2. Week 1 is Special Effects Makeup and Week 2 Prop Building to help your child understand the processes and techniques needed to work in a relavent creative industry.
Our Skilltree half-mask course in McKinney Texas is a 3 day event which covers sculpting, molding, and finishes with a painting demo. These techniques are used by some of the industries top talent. The half mask created over the course of the workshop will allow you to create your own creation, use the materials and tools needed to display the mask and a painting demo which goes over techniques to make believable and interesting characters.
In these weekly workshops we will cover a large number of concepts and skills required to begin making your own electronic circuits and microcontroller based projects. This is ideally suited for anyone keen on starting out or developing existing skills in making electronic devices.
Each week we will cover game development topics from pixel art, prop building, scripting, level design, and game engines, and many more. Each 3 hour session will provide practical and theoretical game development discussions and how those theories and practices have shaped games. The practical classes will teach skills that are used in the game industry from a game development veteran with over 21 years of experience in the industry.
Come learn about painting in a variety of mediums and different subject matters with our traditional art mentor. Each week we will cover a different subject matter, technique, or medium to help expand your painting abilities, or to explore a new avenue for your art to grow. The painting classes will cover both theory and practical application of technique and is taught by Melanie FerDon, whose work is exhibited in private and corporate collections in the USA, Europe, and New Zealand.
Each Friday Mel will be teaching classes such as life drawing, still life, anatomy and other drawing skills needed to improve your mastery of drawing, drafting and rendering techniques. Each week we will work using drawing tools and techniques including life drawing, still life, anatomy, and other practical hands on learning for becoming a better artist.
Come on in to Skilltree where we will have a casual sculpting session. Pre-registration required for materials, but you can pay on the day. The relaxed studio setting and informal instructional style will give you lots of time to experiment and produce great take-home pieces.
SkillTree is a world class academy of learning which provides education pathways that encompass creative technologies, traditional & digital art forms, artisanal arts, and crafts. Students are guided by master craftspersons, industry professionals, and passionate educators to provide a nurturing, flexible learning environment that encourages success through hands-on experience and the exponential power of collaborative creativity. Whether your goal is to become better at your job, or better at your craft, we can help you achieve your goals.
Proven project based learning provides the skills in a no nonsense and natural approach to learning.
Whether digital or traditional application, all subjects are approached from a theory based framework, which is grounded in traditional art, design, and engineering practices.
Understanding the foundations of a project allows you to tinker with the rules, and sometimes break them in order to innovate upon past ideas.
Our subject matter experts come from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. They have been highly successful in their chosen field and understand how much work and dedication it takes to succeed. Their experiences allow you to learn the hard lessons, without the years of experiences and obstacles they were required to endure to perfect their craft. It is this guidance that will help you understand not only how to do something, but why you are doing it. Bringing this knowledge to someone who is willing to put the effort in is what we are passionate about.
SkillTree also provides community based learning to ensure that if you are keen to take up a new hobby, or to keep yourself up to date on the latest tools and techniques for your job, we have you covered. Our aim is to provide a diverse and interesting collection of classes! We are endlessly excited by learning new things, and want to share that excitement by bringing in subject matter experts to help inspire you to create something you can either be proud to put in your home, or sell in a store.
SkillTree New Zealand is a provider and consultant of project based learning, specialising in STEAM content. Our aim is to deliver meaningful experiences for our students through mentorship, hands on application of theory, and small class sizes. Focused on quality over quantity, results over promises, and the best in the industry to guide your learning.
Mike brings 20 years of game development, 6 years of tertiary education, and over 20 years of management experience to Skilltree. Mike is passionate about games, movies, special effects make-up, digital and practical effects for movies. He is also a traditional artist who enjoys painting and sculpting.
Simon the Creative Technical Director brings his 20 years of business management experience and operating successful, creative oriented businesses in New Zealand to SkillTree. His passions are digital music production, musical instrument design and performance along with a lifetime experience tinkering, inventing and producing electronic gadgets and software applications.
Kim has worked in Hollywood since 1991 on television shows such as Attack of the Show, Talk Soup, E! True Hollywood Stories and many others. His expertise in visual effects, producing, sound and music editing are the strengths he brings to his teaching practice. Kim has worked in games, television, and film, is a print author and university lecturer. His student intern programme has had over 700 students who have helped shape Hollywood history on the big and small screen.