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Glenn Vilppu

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In over 50 years of teaching drawing my focus has been to bring to the student logic and practical application of drawing in communication. Drawing is thinking and feeling and the needs of the artist today Glenn Vilpputo communicate are no different than they have been down through the ages. All artists have the same problems that they must deal with the differences are in their interests and the order of importance they give to various elements. I do not teach a style, I teach tools of communication and give direction to acquiring knowledge. Knowledge coupled with the development of skill and feeling is what creates the magic. There are no Rules, just tools. (Cit.Glenn)



Glenn Vilppu is an internationally renowned draftsman, painter, and instructor whose books and DVDs are used by universities, art schools and independent students around the world. Vilppu has had at least 20 one-man shows, and is represented in collections throughout the U. S., Canada and Europe.

Vilppu has a BFA and MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he was an instructor for thirteen years. Vilppu also served as Director of the Character Animation Dept. of the California Institute of Art. In addition Vilppu ran his own school for five years where he taught all subjects relating to art.

Currently Vilppu teaches on site at the University of California Los Angeles, Film and Video School’s Animation Workshop and the American Animation Institute where he also teaches his private Saturday classes. Vilppu has been giving annual lectures at the Ringling College of Art and Design for more than seven years as well as sketching tours of Europe for the past 16 years. Two to four months of the year are devoted by Vilppu to seminars throughout the world, from Greece, Sweden, and Italy to India and Japan. Vilppu has also been artist in residence at the Savannah College of Art and Design in the United States and La Coste, France.

At the age of 40 Vilppu brought his approach to traditional figure drawing and composition to bear in the Animation industry for over 20 years on both feature and shorts for all of the major studios, as well as teaching at all of the major studios as well many of the game and special effects studios.

 Past Workshop with Arts in Rome