MAR 23
with Kevin O'Brien (9:00am to 12:00pm)
€205 EUR

with Loish (1:00pm to 4:00pm)

with Christophe Lautrette (4:30pm to 6:30pm)
MAR 24
with Andrea Blasich (9:00am to 12:00pm)
€205 EUR

with David Levy (1:00pm to 3:00pm)

(3:30pm to 6:30pm)

Our Speakers

with Kevin O'Brien
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., March 23, 2018

Early in my animation career, I realized that the advertising training I’d received was one of my greatest assets. We are all using a visual medium to 'sell' ideas to our audience. We want them to 'buy' our story concepts, whether comedic, action oriented, or emotionally subtle.

I believe there’s a way to improve the delivery of concepts and great imagery. In Thomas and Johnston’s great animation bible, The Illusion of Life, they introduce two animation approaches: Straight Ahead Action and Pose to Pose. I believe there’s a storyboarding analogue to those approaches. I tell any board artist I teach to consider them essential, but contrary, techniques that should be in any board artist’s toolbox.

Knowing how to take the first jump into a sequence, plan it efficiently to sell your ideas, and 'work the entire canvas' without getting lost in The Unnecessary, are what I plan to teach.

Over the years, I’ve been told I’m great at staging and using camera in my boards. When I’ve pondered what, if anything, I do differently, I came up with the basics of this course.

This workshop is ideal for intermediate to advanced level students.

Workshop Details

To Be Announced


  • Cars 2 & 3
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • WALL-E
  • The Incredibles
  • Ice Age
  • "The Simpsons"
  • "Futurama"
  • "Rugrats"

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O’Brien was born in suburban New Jersey, then moved east to attend art school at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. There, he wavered from his original goal of working in animation, and took illustration classes. After graduation, he found himself drawn back to animation anyway, and gained enough experience to earn a position on season two of The Simpsons. This began a decade of high pressure, on the job training in Storyboarding. Ultimately, he graduated to feature film work and Pixar where he’s been for the past 17 years. He’s amazed to realize he’ll soon celebrate 30 years in the business.

with Loish
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 23, 2018

To Be Announced

Workshop Details

To Be Announced


To Be Announced


To Be Announced

with Christophe Lautrette
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., March 23, 2018

Using personal illustrations, production designer Christophe Lautrette explains in detail how to illustrate a screenplay. Christophe will discuss how to narrow down the style of a project by understanding the nature of the screenplay and finding its design. You will learn how Christophe builds a style guide that includes design, concept, surfacing, character design, and animation. As well, he will show you how to design strong compositions and/or portfolios in order to sell an idea. Finally, composition and design are based on the nature of the film (and the director!) Christophe will explain what this means to you as the artist.

This workshop is ideal for intermediate to advanced level students.

Workshop Details

Topics covered include:
  • Bringing a screenplay to life
  • Narrowing down the look of a project for maximum impact
  • Building a style guide with focus
  • Strong visual development to sell a movie or portfolio
  • From idea to final render
  • The book, "Moonshine: DreamWorks Artists... After Dark!", featuring personal work by top artists at DreamWorks: why this book is important
  • Q&A


  • The Croods
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • The Road to El Dorado
  • Madagascar
  • Flushed Away
  • Bee Movie

Christophe Lautrette

Christophe Lautrette started his career in his native France before moving to California and joining DreamWorks where he has earned credits on 11 animated feature films, including The Prince of Egypt, Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda. He was an art director on Bee Movie and most recently was the production designer on The Croods for which he was nominated for an Annie Award.

Christophe currently works and lives in Los Angeles, California.

with Andrea Blasich
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., March 24, 2018

In this workshop, Andrea will show you his personal approach towards design - the same approach he has used throughout his career as a sculptor for the entertainment industry.

He will show you a selection of maquettes he has created for work, as well as personal sculptures. This will illustrate how he uses the same approach towards accomplishing different goals.

This workshop is open to students of all levels.

Workshop Details

Topics covered include:
  • Design choices
  • Making a plan using the chosen drawing
  • Translating from a 2D drawing to a 3D sculpture
  • Traditional sculpting tools
  • Building your base and armature
  • Importance of understanding basic anatomy
  • Blocking the clay sculpture
  • Importance of working in planes
  • Proportions and measurement
  • Refining and finishing
  • Smoothing and cleanup techniques


  • Brave
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown
  • Shark Tale
  • "The Dam Keeper"

Andrea Blasich

Andrea Blasich has spent the last 20 years working as a sculptor in the animation industry. He graduated at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan with a Master in Scenography. After a few years working for theaters in Milan, Italy, he started to sculpt for animation, which has always been his passion. In 1997, he landed a job as a sculptor for DreamWorks Animation and moved to the U.S. His clients include: DreamWorks SKG, Blue Sky Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm, Cinderbiter and Disney Animation Studios.

Recently, Andrea is concentrating more on his personal sculptures and bronzes. His work has appeared in exhibitions at Pixar Animation Studios, Cartoon Museum in San Francisco, Nucleus Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Society of Illustrators in New York.

You can see his work at

with David Levy
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., March 24, 2018

In this workshop, production artist, David Levy, will share his creative tips as he guides you through a series of exercises that will help you practice techniques for developing unique environments. Using digital and mixed media, he will discuss effective lighting and design theory and techniques for their execution in a live demo.

This workshop is ideal for intermediate to advanced level artists.

Workshop Details

Part 1: Introduction
  • A brief biography: my experiences and failures
Part 2: The Creative Process for Environments
  • Hands-on sketching using mixed media during practice
  • Critiques and paint-overs
  • Using photos and reference
Q & A


  • Tron Legacy
  • Prometheus
  • Ender's Game
  • Avatar 2
  • "Prince of Persia 3"
  • "Assassin's Creed"

David Levy

David Levy is a leading international concept artist. He studied industrial design and architecture in France and the Netherlands respectively before becoming a sought-after concept artist in the film and gaming industries. His credits include "Assassin's Creed" and "Prince of Persia" for Ubisoft Montreal, and the major motion pictures, Tron Legacy, Prometheus, Ender’s Game, and the upcoming Avatar 2. David currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

You can see more of his work at

portfolio review

Portfolio Review
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., March 24, 2018

During this 2 hour portfolio review session, instructors will be reviewing artwork that has been submitted for a critique. All attending artists are encouraged to submit their portfolios, but we will be accepting only 5 applicants.

If you would like the chance to have your portfolio reviewed, please submit 3-5 images to

Please be advised that if your portfolio is chosen, your work will be critiqued on screen and will be seen by all attendees. Your identity will remain anonymous unless you request otherwise.

How to submit your portfolio for review

  • Submit 3-5 artwork images.

  • Kindly resize your images to a maximum of 1280 pixels either way while keeping the aspect ratio the same.

  • Save your images in JPEG format.

  • Please name your files with your first and last name together using no spaces. Example: johndoe-01.jpg, johndoe-02.jpg

  • Once ready, please email your artwork images to:


Odeon Cinema, Florence
Piazza Strozzi, 2
50123 Florence



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 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 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 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

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 Florence Workshop

Learn From The Masters

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 Florence welcomes Kevin O’Brien, Loish, Christophe Lautrette, Andrea Blasich and David Levy, whose combined clients and credits include The Simpsons, Futurama, The Croods, Kung Fu Panda, Shark Tale, Brave, Tron Legacy, “Assassin’s Creed” and more!

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

The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace are just two of Florence's many must-see artistic and cultural attractions. Be sure to set aside a few days before or after the workshops to experience all the beauty this wonderful city has to offer!