Took place on October 06, 3:00pm. EDT

Digital Speed Painting Portraits and Art as Activism — Live with Nikkolas Smith

Live stream with

Nikkolas Smith
Concept Artivist / Illustrator / Author

About this Live Session

Miss this live session? Check out the recorded version here!

Honor an influential person from history and contribute to No Kid Hungry in this fun and powerful live session with acclaimed artist Nikkolas Smith! As a bonus, by joining this live session, you’ll be helping ensure every kid in the US has access to healthy food—more details below.

Skillshare Premium Members are invited to join us on October 6th for a live online Zoom session with Nikkolas Smith about portraiture in speed painting and the power of protest art. The session will run for approximately 60-90 minutes. Click the “Remind Me” button above to register! 

Join artist and activist Nikkolas Smith as he introduces you to his signature speed painting technique! Art has power, and the power of Nikkolas’ art has been recognized by many — his work has been shared by Michelle Obama, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Williams, Rihanna, and more. In this 60-90 minute session, Nikkolas will paint a portrait of a powerful person from history, and invites you to join him and talk with him about art, activism, and the many places the two intersect.

Not only are you invited to create and connect with us, you’ll also be giving back to a worthy cause. We’re proud to share that for every one who joins a live session during the month of October, Skillshare will be donating $10 to No Kid Hungry, up to a max donation of $10,000. This organization is working to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food, and just $10 can help them connect a child in need with a whopping 100 meals, so make sure to join us live so you can make a serious difference in a kid’s life.  

Nikkolas Smith, a native of Houston, Texas, is a Master of Architecture recipient from Hampton University. After designing theme parks at Walt Disney Imagineering for 11 years, he is now a Concept artist, Children's Books Author and Film Illustrator. 

He also creates activist art paintings and Hollywood movie posters (Black Panther, Beale Street, Southside With You, Dear White People, Stranger Fruit). He is a proud 2016 White House Innovators of Color fellow. As an illustrator of color and an Artivist, Nikkolas is focused on creating captivating art that can spark important conversations in today's world and inspire meaningful change. Many of his viral and globally published sketches are included in his latest book Sunday Sketch: The Art of Nikkolas, a visual journey on life and a collection of more than 100 sketches he has done in the last five years.

Recently, Nikkolas created a memorial mural to Chadwick Boseman, aka Black Panther, for Disney. It was unveiled at Disneyland on September 24th.

This live session will include:

  • A breakdown of digital speed painting techniques, including 
  • Choosing a subject and color palette
  • Using shapes to create a detailed portrait
  • Adding small details to complete the piece 

Throughout the session, you’ll be encouraged to work alongside Nikkolas and ask questions. Feel free to add questions in advance of the event (discussion forum below) or bring them live to the Zoom session.  

Following the session, Nikkolas encourages you to share your work on Instagram and tag him, or upload it to the Project Gallery of his Skillshare class.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

How to Participate: 

  • Click “Remind Me” above to register for the live session.   
  • On the day of the event, we’ll post a link to join the Zoom call. 15 minutes prior to the start time, we’ll open up the room so you can access the event. Make sure you’re subscribed to “Updates from Skillshare” in your account settings to receive an email reminder 15 minutes before the session starts.  
  • Come with your questions, or just listen in! 

What to Know About Zoom: 

  • Zoom is a free online video conferencing tool. Download it to your device here. Note: Zoom will download automatically when you join your first call. 
  • Once you’ve joined the Zoom call, use the “chat” window to type your questions in real time. We’ll get through as many as possible! 
  • To make sure everyone can hear, we’ll be using Zoom’s “mute” feature so that audio is coming through from the teacher’s end only. 
  • You are encouraged (but not required) to turn on your camera.
  • We want to keep Zoom a safe space for everyone — please abide by Skillshare’s community guidelines throughout the session. 

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