PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FOR ASPIRING FX ARTISTS
Vancouver FX studio teaches professional special effects makeup, airbrushing, prosthetic sculpture, mask making and prop fabrication for TV & Film. We provide a supportive and creative learning environment for artists from all backgrounds and styles.
Many of our talented students have graduated and gained employment working in special effects studios and on International TV, Film and music video productions. If you are an aspiring effects artist our classes are for you!
Classes are on weekday evenings from 7pm-10pm and weekends 10am-6pm. Enrollment is open to all Adults, College Students, and High School students.
Realize your dream to be a self-sufficient FX artist!
FX Classes & Workshops
Art Of Make-UP FX: Level 1
In 3 night classes FX Artist & Instructor Dallas Harvey will teach professional make-up FX techniques and show how to use a variety of prosthetics from Foam latex to 3D transfers. Students will also be taught how to paint prosthetics, and properly apply them to an actor, followed by safety and prosthetic removal techniques. Students will then create a 3D character make-up using all the techniques learned in the class.
Art Of Make-UP FX: Level 2
3D Bondo transfers, or Pros-Aide 3D transfer prosthetics have become very popular in recent years and are now being widely used in professional make-up FX on TV & Film. You can see 3D transfer prosthetics being used in the new Mad Max, Walking Dead, The Hateful 8, The Revenant and many others. These realistic prosthetics look terrific on stage and on screen, even in HD! Over 6 weekly classes Instructor & FX sculptor Dallas Harvey will teach students how to sculpt, mold, prepare and apply Pros-Aide Bondo based prosthetics. He will explain the materials, including Clays, Silicones and Prosthetic Transfer Material (PTM), as well as procedures, safety and the best applications for particular types of appliances.
Art Of Mask Making: Level 1
FX Artist & Instructor Dallas Harvey will take students through the process of sculpting a creature or realistic human character face mask. Students will be taught proper use of tools, materials and basic anatomy to create a detailed clay mask and then prepare it for molding and casting in rubber latex. You will then learn how to finish your mask using professional painting techniques, creating realistic eyes and teeth. Students are encouraged to sculpt and detail their face into a character design of their choosing using reference from comic books, movies, TV, animation, video games, Internet or any other design source.
Prosthetic FX: Level 1
FX Artist & Instructor Dallas Harvey will teach students professional sculpting and finishing techniques to create a custom designed character prosthetic over a male/female provided human face life-cast. Students will then learn to properly mold their prosthetic sculptures in plaster. Students will learn how to troubleshoot prosthetic design complications, properly mix, cast, and bake prosthetics in foam-latex. Students will then be instructed on how to pre-paint a prosthetic, and properly apply it to a live model, followed by safety and removal techniques.
Prosthetic FX: Level 2
FX Artist & Instructor Dallas Harvey will teach students professional sculpting and finishing techniques to create a custom designed FULL HEAD character prosthetic over a male/female provided human head life-cast. Students will then learn to properly mold their prosthetic sculptures in plaster. They will learn how to troubleshoot prosthetic design complications, properly mix, cast, and bake prosthetics in foam-latex. Students will then be instructed on how to pre-paint the prosthetic, and properly apply it to a live model, followed by safety and removal techniques.
Silicone Prosthetic FX
Over 8 weekly classes TV & Film Industry special FX artist and Instructor Dallas Harvey will teach students how to life cast the face of a live model, and correct the cast for creating “gel-filled” encapsulated silicone prosthetics. Students will then learn how to create a full face set of “snap” molds from the cast and set it up for creating a multi-overlapping prosthetic character design.
Character Sculpture & Design
During the class FX Artist & Instructor Dallas Harvey will teach students original concept design techniques, how to use sculpting tools, build an armature and how to sculpt realistic facial anatomy. These techniques be talked about in great detail over the five afternoon classes. Students will create a detailed male or female creature, fantasy or comic character 8 inch bust. Students are encouraged to sculpt and detail their design into a character of their choosing using reference from comic books, movies, TV, animation, video games, Internet or any other design source.
Dental Acrylic Teeth FX
Forget generic store-bought dentures that do not always fit or stay in place! In this intense 1-Day Saturday workshop taught by FX artist Dallas Harvey, you will learn the professional process and techniques on how to design and create your own Creature & Character Teeth FX for film, theater, Halloween.. or just for fun. Learn how to safely take an alginate impression and casting of your teeth and gums. Create custom fitted acrylic dentures over your dental life-cast learning teeth forming and gum build-up techniques. Layer color to realistically stain and age teeth and gums.
Silicone Prop FX
In this intensive hands-on workshop taught by FX Artist & instructor Dallas Harvey students will learn professional life-casting, silicone casting, silicone fabrication, and silicone painting techniques. At the end of the course students will leave with a realistic painted silicone prop severed finger that can be used for film or portfolio piece. This course will teach you important skills and techniques for a professional career as a make-up effects artist. This training will help you learn valuable techniques that can earn you more money, and get you more work as a professional make-up effects artist. Upgrade your skills and portfolio!
No previous airbrushing or art experience is necessary to take The Art Of Airbrushing workshop. FX Artist & Instructor Dallas Harvey will take students through how to paint with an airbrush from start to finish. Students will be taught proper use of an airbrush gun, tools and maintainance, paint mixing and stencils… plus lots of other pro tips and tricks!
Life Casting FX
Every FX prosthetic makeup starts with a life cast. Become a self sufficient makeup artist and learn how to create life casts and snap molds in our new workshop. These techniques are a MUST know for all prosthetic makeup artists!
NOTE: This class is open to all current and previous students only. Limited to 10 seats. First come first served. PM me or email the studio firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Blood Rigging FX
Learn how to create realistic blood rig effects in this 4 hour intensive and super gory workshop. Film industry FX artist and Instructor Dallas Harvey will show students how to re-create realistic blood hits, running blood effects using applied prosthetics, slit throats and other gore effects used in film. Learn how to rig up a wide range of blood delivery methods from simple syringes to full on blood cannons with guts & brain matter! This class is going to get BLOODY!!!!
Creature Painting FX
Learn how to mix, pour & cast silicone and resin, demolding the resin cast and preparing it for painting. In addition, students will learn custom airbrush and hand painting techniques including how to create painted eyes and other pro techniques. All students will leave with their own custom painted copy of “Cthulhu” cast originally sculpted and signed by the Instructor. Makes a great wall display piece when finished!
3D & Virtual Sculpting
In this 4 hour intensive workshop film industry Instructor and FX artist Dallas Harvey will teach students the ins and outs of Virtual concept design using VR sculpting program Oculus Medium. This is a beginners workshop no experience required! Get hands on experience in the program and learn how to use concepts created for pitching ideas and prototypes to clients and productions. Quickly design multiple concepts, create revisions on the fly and use the final VR airbrush painted images for sculpting your practical prosthetics or film props. Get a head start with this new emerging technology!
VFX is the best thing that has happened to me since moving to Vancouver! I can't say enough good things about Dallas, he is kind, generous person with so much knowledge to share. Dallas has a very gentle approach and really coaches an artist through the process of bringing their creature to life – from conception to application. As a student at VFX I benefited from witnessing the problem solving required by this make-up team to complete their own professional film work. Dallas really stresses the importance of having reference material at every step of the process and using nature as a springboard for inspiration. Safety and the sequence of appropriate steps is constantly being reinforced as other students complete their projects and through the current film projects that Dallas is working on. The environment at VFX is very laid back, but everyone works very hard, and the energy and excitement that students and instructors bring to class every week is infectious! I am so happy to have found Special Effects Makeup and the VFX team, I look forward to learning more about the technical side of the field and growing as an artist in this varied and ever changing art form!
Taking classes at Vancouver FX Studio has made a dream I never thought could come true possible. I am extremely thankful for everything the classes have taught me. I have become a much stronger artist and have finally found a career that I can have fun doing. Not only have I gained skills and knowledge, I have also made very strong friendships and connections. I recommend these classes to anyone, whether you want to go into the industry or are just curious, I can assure that you will have a blast.
I started taking classes with Vancouver FX Studio several months ago. Dallas has been exceptional, he has gone above and beyond my expectations as an instructor. Under his direction, and with his assistance I was able to mold and complete my first mask. I would not be where I am today without his feedback and guidance. Dallas lives the lifestyle of a production artist. I've seen him complete dozens of film production works in my time with him, his breadth and depth of knowledge is invaluable for any aspiring production artists. This is not your typical class with theoretically useful lessons, this puts you right next to a motivated and driven professional performing his craft on a daily basis.
Through Vancouver FX classes, I was able to learn many sculpting techniques that were not taught in my Makeup Artistry program. The classroom environment is very fun and easy going; you can tell that everyone is happy to be there, comparing ideas and talking about industry related topics with people whom share a genuine interest. Some of my closest friendships where made at my time at Vancouver FX Studio. I have taken several of the classes, and intend on taking more to continue upgrading my professional portfolio.
I took the Character Sculpture class to improve my organic sculpting skills and I could not have made a better choice. Dallas is a fantastic teacher and his passion for sculpting and anatomy is infectious. My sculpting has improved dramatically after taking this class and I can't wait to take another one!
I'm really happy to have come to Canada and taken classes at Vancouver FX Studio. I took almost every class from Introduction To Special FX Makeup, Prosthetic FX class , airbrush class and teeth workshops. I learnt a lot of things such as how to sculpture, how to make a mold, etc ...and the airbrush class is really helpful for me when I came back to Thailand . I have a good time with all my classmates, specially my teacher Dallas, he is an inspiring teacher. Many thanks to Vancouver FX Studio. I hope to comeback there one day soon.
My time at Vancouver FX Studio was Awesome! The instructors are very talented and professional as well as a lot of fun! I came out of the class with a lot more knowledge then I expected and really excited to start using my new skills in my work. I would recommend Vancouver FX Studio to anyone who wants to gain new skills or sharpen up what they already have. Even if your a newbie, don't be afraid, these guys will turn you into a pro in no time!
Vancouver FX Studio was a great way for me to further explore my interests into different areas of sculpting. They covered a wide range of techniques and made it very informative and comfortable for a newbie like myself to get started! Drop-in classes are so fun to meet other sculptors and I always felt welcomed to ask as many questions as I needed.
I've always wanted to learn how to sculpt human figures and characters... Vancouver FX Studio was the perfect place to learn. The relaxed atmosphere is really fun and the helpful instructors have a great sense of humor. The classes are also a great place to meet other talented artists while working on my sculpting skills.
Working with Vancouver FX Studio gave me the chance to work with a new medium and explore different ideas using their experience and knowledge. I learned a lot and am really happy with the piece I created. I also really enjoyed the easy going atmosphere; I had a lot of fun and can't wait to go back.