Thank you for your interest in the Trippe Academy for Digital Arts, where we give students a strong digital footing for their traditional art interests, which they may need in their future careers!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the next six week session of TADA courses, which will run from April 8th – May 17th. Sign up below for the appropriate course and time.


At the Trippe Academy, we’ve just completed our second six week session of classes, where we expanded from a 24-student roster in our first semester to over fifty students this past session. In order to expand a bit more, for this Spring Session, TADA classes are now open to all 3rd-12th grade students from nearby school districts and homeschoolers at our brand new location at the Jefferson Civic Center!

IMG_2776The three courses available for Spring are Digital Drawing I, Comics & Visual Storytelling, and Introduction to Digital Design. TADA students are divided into three class groups, based on school scheduling, that each meet for 55 minutes in the Wilkens Room of the Civic Center, just to the right of the front entrance.

All homeschoolers will meet at 2:00pm, 3rd-5th Graders meet at 3:00pm, and 6th-12th Graders meet at 4:00pm. All of my courses still cost only $15 per class period. Please choose the appropriate time for the class your student is interested in when registering below. (Note: Course payments are now made securely via PayPal.)

At the end of each course, students will receive a certificate of their accomplishment, a collage of their artwork and exercises, and first-time TADA students receive personalized binders to keep at home or use for school.

Spring 2019 Course List

Digital Drawing I – REGISTER HERE

This class meets twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday afternoons for six weeks.

Digital Drawing class specifically covers traditional drawing skills using digital tools, including how to draw faces, people, backgrounds, and objects in one-point perspective. This class is perfect for students with a strong interest in sketching, painting, or doodling, and is highly beneficial for students with all skill levels looking to improve their digital drawing skillset.

Comics and Visual Storytelling* – REGISTER HERE

This class meets twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for six weeks.

Comics and Visual Storytelling class is all about using pictures to tell a story. Students will learn about pacing, storyboarding, conveying emotion and action, and lighting a scene. This class is ideal for students interested in drawing for animation, comics, children’s books, movies, video games, and fashion design.
*Requirement: Students must have previously taken at least ONE TADA Course.

Introduction to Digital Design – REGISTER HERE

This class meets once per week, on Friday afternoons for six weeks.

Intro covers the basics of using digital art programs, drawing tablets, and other skills necessary to create artwork on the computer, as well as fundamental concepts in drawing and design. These skills are especially important for students interested in careers in graphic design, web design, branding, and commercial art. This is the perfect class for beginner digital artists.

About the Educator

deanMy name is Dean Trippe. I’m a digital artist and educator with a BFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. I now teach digital arts lessons after school, here in my hometown of Jefferson, Georgia.

My most recent book was Something Terrible, a short, true comic book about surviving child abuse using comic book superheroes as a model for recovery. I am also a contributor to the Eisner Award-winning graphic anthology, Comic Book Tattoo, the creator of a superhero parody webcomic called Butterfly, the co-founder of Project: Rooftop, and illustrator of Power Lunch Vols. 1 & 2 kids’ graphic novels.


For any questions or concerns, please email deantrippe@gmail.com and you can also keep up with the Trippe Academy’s photos, exercises, events, and student artwork on Facebook or Instagram!