Virtual Today at Apple sessions will help train up next generation of Chicago artists

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Chicago's most exciting artists will show off their tips and tricks.
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Apple is continuing its string of virtual Today at Apple events by offering budding artists in Chicago the opportunity to participate in free online art sessions.

Called Sentrock’s Summer Studio, the Webex series is aimed at Chicago high school students aged 14-18. It takes place July 27-31, and features “a lineup of Chicago’s most influential creators” as they take attendees into their studios, teach illustration tips and techniques, and share some of their visual styles.

Following the one-week event, there’s the opportunity for the best students to progress to an additional two-week course in August. An Eventbrite description notes:

“At the end of the week, 20 students will be selected to continue on to a two-week program. From August 17–30, Sentrock and his crew will dig deep into typography, line, color, collaboration, and storytelling. You’ll be able to ask questions and get feedback, work on your style, and test your skills in digital battles. Then we’ll wrap up with a live virtual Secret Walls Tournament.”

Artists participating in the event include street artist Sentrock (July 27), Hailey M. Losselyong (July 28), Norma Ojeda (July 29), Nikko Washington (July 30), and Lizz Ortiz (July 31). It’s a collaboration between Today at Apple, Young Chicago Authors, and “illustration battle” group Secret Walls.

You can find more information about how to sign up for and join the events here.

Today at Apple: Chicago and beyond

Today at Apple has long been Apple’s in-store program of classes. However, during COVID-19 the format has changed somewhat. In April, Apple launched an “at home” edition of its in-store sessions to keep people being creative during lockdown.

Now that Apple Stores are opening up again, you can expect to see more and more Today at Apple sessions taking place in-store again.

But for now the company is continuing to offer online events such as this and the recently announced Made in LDN program for up-and-coming musicians in the UK.