Having taken and benefited greatly from M. Mattesi's Force Character Design class, I had to share this bit of news.
First, for those who don't know how the site works, subscribers get full access to all the backlog of (roughly) ten minute art instructional videos that have been added to weekly since the site began, plus a live hour long lecture which you can participate in once a month.
Well Mike is starting something pretty exciting, which is to get more interactive with these videos. In week one, he gives an 'assignment' in which he lays out the basic requirements for a new character design, and over the following four weeks we go through the process of designing that character alongside him (each according to their own inspiration within the project's guidelines). At the end of week four, it's time for the live hour-long lecture where he will take the results of his time spent with it and select some of his subscriber's entries, and examine the results.
This is great, as it's this kind of interactivity between teacher and student that yields the most interesting and thought provoking educational experiences. And the best part is, it's only the cost of a regular subscription as opposed to a full on class which can be too much for many people to afford.
Check it out!
EDIT: Here's a direct link to the page with the first video introducing the challenge titled "Pirate Challenge 01"