Daniel Arriaga

Daniel Arriaga is a character designer and sketch artist at Pixar with over a decade of industry experience, having worked on such hit films as Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, and Toy Story 3.

In 2009, Daniel moved to Disney where he art directed on Prep and Landing: Naughty vs Nice and contributed designs for Wreck-It Ralph, before returning home to Pixar.

A rising star in the industry, Daniel loves to share his knowledge and teach new students who are passionate about characters.

Daniel currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and kids. You can see more of his work at www.facebook.com/danielarriagaart.

Sam Nielson

Sam Nielson has been making video games since his youth, starting with the games he made in the basement as a young teenager with his older brother. Sam used one of these games as his portfolio to get a job with a game studio at the age of sixteen. After establishing his career in video games, Sam returned to college, studying at Brigham Young University. While a student at BYU, he was instrumental in the development of the computer-animated short "Pajama Gladiator", which later won the Student Academy Award for Animation in 2009. Sam graduated Magna Cum Laude from BYU in 2007. He has accumulated extensive experience in modeling, rendering, surfacing, and lighting in a career spanning 16 years and counting.

Sam's unique, scientific approach to art and painting has been driven by his innate fascination with science. His marriage into a family of physicists hasn't hurt either. His inner drive to learn, combined with his access to invaluable resources, allow him to constantly incorporate new knowledge into his artistic philosophy and process.

Bobby Chiu

Bobby's art career started at the age of seventeen, designing Disney, Warner Bros., and Star Wars toys at Thinkway Toys in Toronto, Canada. Bobby has since won a number of awards for his independent work and is featured perennially in various juried art annuals and magazines. Bobby is the founder of Imaginism Studios in Toronto, Canada. He presently does multimedia concept design, having created characters, creatures, and beasts for such blockbuster motion pictures as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3. In addition, he is an avid supporter of his fellow artists, having lectured at various schools and studios around the world on how to stay creative, and successful as an artist.

Nathan Fowkes

Nathan Fowkes is a veteran entertainment industry artist with credits on 11 feature films including The Prince of Egypt, Spirit, several projects within the Shrek universe, How to Train Your Dragon and The Legend of Puss in Boots. His current projects are upcoming animated films from Disney and Blue Sky Studios. Nathan is also well known as a teacher of color, lighting, design and life drawing. He teaches at the Laguna College of Art and Design and The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and is a regular guest lecturer at Art Center College of Design and Concept Design Academy. He has also taught at studios and game houses including Disney, Blizzard Entertainment, Ubisoft, Infinity Ward, Big Fish Games and THQ.

His work can be seen at nathanfowkes.blogspot.com

Character Design
Lighting for Story
Painting Creatures
Environment Design
Best Value
January 10, 2015 January 10, 2015 January 11, 2015 January 11, 2015 January 10 & 11, 2015
$95 CAD
$95 CAD
$95 CAD
$95 CAD
$340 CAD

Our Speakers

with Daniel Arriaga
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Jan. 10, 2015

In this workshop, Daniel will teach you how to make compelling and believable original character designs to be used in a cast for animated film. Topics covered will include gesture, caricature, staging and expressive drawings.

This workshop is ideal for intermediate students.

Workshop Details


  • Ratatouille
  • Wall-E
  • Up
  • Monsters University
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Toy Story 3

with Sam Nielson
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Jan. 10, 2015

Expressive and beautiful lighting is something that everybody appreciates, even if they don’t understand why they like it. However, we as artists need to know exactly what makes some lighting more appealing than others in order to ensure that our art has the best impact on our audience, whether dealing with value in a drawing, or color in a painting. However, learning good lighting is extremely difficult. This is because light -- and how it interacts with matter and our perception -- is a massive and deep subject. Creating amazing lighting requires a thoughtful convergence of good design and good technique. This workshop is designed to help you take advantage of the expressive potential in your paintings by applying better lighting.

In this workshop, veteran concept artist and illustrator Sam Nielson will present methods of painting light using principles of value and color. He’ll demonstrate how to use these methods of lighting to clearly express ideas and tell stories that will resonate with any audience.

Workshop Details


  • "The Hobbit" (videogame)
  • "Toy Story 3" (videogame)
  • "Disney Infinity"
  • "Bolt" (videogame)

with Bobby Chiu
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Jan. 11, 2015

In this workshop, Bobby Chiu will teach you how to better visualize through imagination and create and paint life-like fictional creatures. Bobby will also discuss what directors look for in concept artists, offer you his tips for successful career-building, levelling up your own style, and what makes art viral.

This workshop is ideal for artists of all levels.

Workshop Details


  • Warner Bros
  • Sony Imageworks
  • Sony Animation
  • Dreamworks
  • Disney
  • Blue Sky
  • Riot
  • Blizzard

with Nathan Fowkes
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Jan. 11, 2015,

This workshop is ideal for anyone who has ever wanted to create extraordinary places. In this powerful presentation, master entertainment artist, Nathan Fowkes, will give you the insight and knowledge to become a valuable member of any entertainment design team. He will guide you on a serious and in-depth exploration of designing space, landscape, and architecture as well as composing presentation art to best convey the mood, story, and history of each location.

Nathan will then demonstrate the entire process of developing an idea by taking it through the stages of thumbnail comp, tonal rough, color rough, and final color. You will learn how the production pipeline works at an entertainment design studio, and what your role as part of the art department will be in the overall design and development process.

Workshop Details


  • The Legend of Puss in Boots
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Shrek Forever After
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
  • The Road to El Dorado
  • The Prince of Egypt


Four Seasons Hotel Arbutus Room
791 W. Georgia St.,
Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4



Answers to the most common workshop questions can be found in our FAQ.

If you can't find the answer to your question please contact us at Schoolism.


How can I purchase my ticket?

You can purchase your Schoolism LIVE ticket online. Our default payment method is PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, we can also accept a wire transfer (additional wire charges will apply), or a check or money order (time permitting for postage transit). Please email us at info@schoolism.com for more details.

Can I purchase a ticket and give it to a friend?

Absolutely! To gift a ticket to a friend, simply purchase your ticket normally and register your friend's name at checkout. If you have already purchased a ticket but would like to transfer its ownership to your friend at a later date, please email us at info@schoolism.com with his or her name and email address and we will take care of the rest!

Are there any group discounts available?

Group discounts are available for parties of 5 or more. Please email us at info@schoolism.com for more details.

Can I purchase my ticket at the door?

If tickets for a workshop are not yet sold out by the day of the event, tickets will be available at the door to be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Door sales will be cash only.

If I purchased a ticket but can no longer attend, can I get a refund?

Yes, refunds are available up to 24 hours before the event. Refunds will be issued according to the method of your payment, i.e. if you paid via PayPal, your refund will be issued via PayPal, to the same account that you paid from. To request a refund, please email us at info@schoolism.com.

Getting to the Workshop

Will there be discounted hotel rooms available for out-of-town attendees?

Discounted hotel accommodations may be available on a workshop by workshop basis. If we have a hotel partner for a particular event, it will be listed on that event's individual webpage.

Will the instructor have a meet-and-greet session after the workshop?

Unfortunately, no. Unless otherwise stated, the instructors will not have meet-and-greet sessions after the workshops. If you'd like to meet and greet the instructors, we recommend that you arrive at the venue early and speak to them at that time.

At the Workshop

Will I need to show identification to get into the workshop?

Yes, we will need to match your photo ID with the name on your e-ticket printout. If the names do not match, you may not be granted entry so please make sure that you bring your identification and that the name matches that on your ticket.

Will I be able to record parts of the workshop to review later?

Unfortunately, no unauthorized recording of any type, in whole or in part, will be permitted in the workshops. These workshops consist of the intellectual properties of the instructors, so we must do our utmost to protect them.

Will there be a question and answer period after the workshop?

Absolutely! Every workshop will end with a 15- to 30-minute session in which the instructor will field questions from the attendees.

Do I need to bring a notebook, pens, sketchpad, etc. to the workshop?

Yes, please bring something to write on and write with. You will be taking a lot of notes and maybe doing some other exercises, depending on the workshop.

Will there be intermissions during the workshop?

Yes, there will be breaks during the workshop. The number of breaks and their length will vary depending on the workshop.

Why You Can't Miss the Schoolism LIVE Vancouver Workshop

Learn From The Experts

Schoolism LIVE brings together some of the best talent in the industries of feature animation, gaming, illustration, and design in an intensely focused weekend of workshops.

Schoolism LIVE Vancouver welcomes Daniel Arriaga, Sam Nielson, Nathan Fowkes, and Bobby Chiu, whose combined credits include Toy Story 3, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, Alice in Wonderland, Disney Infinity, The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, How to Train Your Dragon, and Puss in Boots.

Meet Like Minded People

Art and creative design is a social industry so it's important for us to meet like-minded individuals who are also interested in constant improvement and perfection of their craft.

Explore an Exciting New City

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful and affluent cities in the world. Set aside a few days before or after the workshops to enjoy the great seafood and the cultural sights and sounds that this amazing city has to offer as there is lots to see and do in one of Canada's most popular tourist destinations.