How do CGMA Master Classes Work?

CGMA is an online art academy dedicated to helping artists develop and cultivate their creative talents. CGMA runs four terms a year. Each term you have a variety of classes to choose from. Unless specified otherwise in the class page description, the standard structure of a CGMA class is 8-weeks, plus two extra weeks for review at the end of the term (for a total of 10-weeks). Additionally, you will continue to have access to your previous term assignment feedback and recorded Live Q&A for another 6 months.

Lastly, when you complete 6-out-of-8 assignments before course end, you will receive a certificate of completion. Please see class examples below from our former instructor- Michael Hampton -class.

Each week will be based on the following format.

Steps: step one, step two, step three

Step one

Starting each week, you will gain access to a video lecture from your instructor along with an assignment description. Assignments will be due by the end of the week.

Step Two

After assignment submissions, the instructor will provide individual feedback to each student through a pre-recorded video including paintover.

Step Three

Lastly, the week wraps up with a live Q&A from your instructor. This live session will be recorded and available for viewing the following week (just in case you miss it).

View Lecture and Assignment

Similar to what happens in a physical classroom, at the beginning of each week, you will be presented with a topic and lecture that will be covered for the week. However, unlike what happens in a physical classroom, these lectures are given as fully pre-recorded video talks and demonstrations. During these recordings, instructors cover a range of topics, techniques, and examples related to the current week’s subject followed by a description of the assignment due at the end of each week.

Assignment submission / instructor feedback

Second only to actually viewing the pre-recorded lectures, Assignment Submissions are probably the most important weekly component of our program. This is how your growth and progress is measured and evaluated each week. By making sure to submit your assignments on time each week, you demonstrate how well you grasped the subject of that week’s lecture. But more importantly, it gives your instructor the opportunity to personally view your work and give critiques and notes specific to you through the Instructor Feedback component. These are usually done as either pre-recorded videos, visual mark-ups, or both.

Live Q&A

Now this is the time when you can interact directly with your instructor, and ask all those questions you had during the week (whether about that brush you saw in the pre-corded lecture, or about that technique you couldn't quite understand). Better still, during these live sessions, you will be able to see and learn about all the questions and issues your classmates had as well. And even if you can’t make it to the live event- for whatever reason –don’t worry; they will be recorded for later viewing (just in case you miss it, or want to review everything covered during that time). How awesome is that?