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SUMMER 2021 COURSES (COMING SOON)

JUNE 1 - AUGUST 24

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: TO BE ANNOUNCED

SPRING 2021 COURSES

JANUARY 25 - APRIL 17

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: JANUARY 11

INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION

DAVE KUHN

TUESDAY & FRIDAY 10AM-12PM PST

TUITION: $1200 FOR 12 WEEKS

Students will be mentored in beginning skills pertaining to full, traditional character animation including the cornerstones of character, personality, timing, staging, clarity and communication. Projects will begin with simple movement and physics and then progress to cover all 12 principles of animation. Successful completion of this course should prepare the student more intermediate and more advanced classes. Classes will be conducted on Zoom and consist of lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions. Additional resources and feedback outside of class times will be provided via Discord.

The skills taught are applicable to all forms of animation so students can choose to work with digital tools or traditionally on paper. If a student hasn't worked on paper before, they are encourage to do so and flipping, rolling and creating good inbetweens will be reviewed. As this is a performance class, not a software class, the student should select a software package they are familiar with if working digitally.

 

This is an entry-level class so no prior animation experience is required. Acceptance is by review of an animation reel (if available) and portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

ADVANCED ANIMATION

DAVE PRUIKSMA

TUESDAY & FRIDAY 10AM-12PM PST

TUITION: $1200 FOR 12 WEEKS

This class is designed for students with prior animation education and a good grasp of the basic and intermediate principles of animation or professionals who wish to improve their acting and communication skills through advanced studies. Students will be mentored in advanced skills pertaining to full, traditional character animation including the cornerstones of character, personality, timing, staging, clarity and communication. Planned exercises will be used to increase understanding of advanced study followed by individual projects determined by each student working with their original characters. Classes will be conducted on Zoom and consist of lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions. Additional resources and feedback outside of class times will be provided via Discord.

The skills taught are applicable to all forms of animation so students can choose to work with digital tools or traditionally on paper. If a student hasn't worked on paper before, they are encourage to do so and flipping, rolling and creating good inbetweens will be reviewed. As this is a performance class, not a software class, the student should select a software package they are familiar with if working digitally.

 

This is an advanced class so prior animation experience is required. Acceptance is by review of an animation reel and portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

CHARACTER DESIGN

MORGHAN GILL

TUESDAY & SATURDAY 6PM-8PM PST

TUITION: $1200 FOR 12 WEEKS

Students enrolled in our Character Design class will learn to use the fundamental tools and techniques that will help them to develop strong character designs as they are guided through the process from beginning to end, including shape language, character exploration, stylistic studies, developing assets for portfolio, studio work and more. Students can expect to work on assignments each week that are designed to help boost their skills and build their portfolios.

 

Classes will be conducted via Zoom twice a week. The first weekly class will primarily consist of lecture, Q&A, and instructor demos. Students will then receive their assignment which will be presented for review and critique during the second meeting of the week. Each student is expected to present their work for the assignment, receiving critique from the instructor and their peers after which the student will help critique the work of other students in the class. Work should be done digitally, though exceptions can be made for traditional work as long as that work is presented in a clear, clean and professional manner.

Acceptance is by review of a portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

INTRODUCTION TO STORYBOARDING

JOHN PEREZ

MONDAY & THURSDAY 6PM-8PM PST

TUITION: $1200 FOR 12 WEEKS

This is an introductory course to storytelling principles and the elements of film language. Classes will be conducted on Zoom and consist of lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions. Additional resources and feedback outside of class times will be provided via Discord.

The class covers the relationship between character and story, establishing empathy/enmity, the role of conflict and how to communicate emotion and personality in a visual medium. The emphasis is on the understanding of common elements of all stories and using them to hook an audience, keep viewers involved and satisfy them with a credible and emotion effective ending.

Students may work traditionally or digitally and will learn to analyze shorts and films, conceptualize ideas, write in screenplay format, pitch their work, translate ideas into visuals and assemble the final version into story reels/animatics.

Acceptance is by review of a portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

ADVANCED STORYBOARDING

JOHN PEREZ

TUESDAY & FRIDAY 6PM-8PM PST

TUITION: $1200 FOR 12 WEEKS

This is an advanced course in story building upon methods and concepts learned in the previous section of storyboarding or elsewhere. Classes will be conducted on Zoom and consist of lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions. Additional resources and feedback during appointment office hours will be provided by the instructor via Discord to help analyze students' work and help break stories if necessary.

 

The class will analyze character arcs and advanced story structure, particularly as it pertains to scene and sequence tension. We will examine why particular stories engage audiences and why others fall short. Specifically we will look at animated half-hour and feature film examples, and see how we can apply that analysis to your own work. The goal of the course will be to visually realize an original concept of your own creation for the medium of animation.

 

To realize your vision we will go through different stages of development: blue sky ideation, 
characterization, visual beats and finally storyboarding a short section from your narrative. Students can work traditionally or digitally and will learn advanced knowledge for film analysis, writing in screenplay format and translating ideas into visuals for the purpose of pitching your work or broadening your portfolio.

Acceptance is by review of a portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION

LARISSA MARANTZ

TUESDAY & THURSDAY 10AM-12PM PST

TUITION: $1200 FOR 12 WEEKS

The focus of this class will be primarily children’s book illustration, however the skills taught in the class will also be applicable in animation, comic strip work, magazine illustration and other mediums. Students enrolled in Principles of Illustration will learn the fundamentals of narrative storytelling for illustrated picture books, comics and graphic novels from a professional, experienced, published author and illustrator. Topics covered will encompass character design, compositional layout, sequential imagery, color & lighting, and rendering. The work will be created primarily digitally by the students.

Classes will be conducted on Zoom, twice a week, and will consist of lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions. Additional resources and feedback outside of class times will be provided via Discord.

 

Acceptance is by review of a portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

ADVANCED ILLUSTRATION

CALEB CLEVELAND

DAYS & TIMES: MONDAY & THURSDAY 4PM-6PM PST

TUITION: $1200 FOR 12 WEEKS

This advanced course builds upon the foundations and practices from the Introduction to Illustration course, but can be taken alone. Narrative imagery will be further examined and analyzed as it pertains to publication: picture books, comics and graphic novels, and other illustrative traditions. The students will learn what questions to ask about developing and refining character design, layout, color and shape language from a professional art instructor and illustrator, as well as how to combine all these elements into a solid workflow for creating their own sequential work. There is no preference as to the media used for this class - digital, traditional, or any combination of both are welcome. 

Classes will be conducted on Zoom, twice a week, and will consist of lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions. Additional resources and feedback outside of class times will be provided via Discord.

 

Acceptance is by review of a portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

PERSONAL ANIMATION MENTORING

DAVE KUHN & DAVE PRUIKSMA

MONDAYS OR WEDNESDAYS 6PM-9PM PST

TUITION: $150/PER HOUR

We also offer personal mentoring on an hourly basis for artists who feel their skill level doesn't match an existing class, students who prefer private tutoring or working professionals whose schedules conflict with regular class hours.

Whether you are new to animation or an experienced animator seeking to hone specific skills, we will create a custom study plan and appropriate lectures and demonstrations. With our guidance, you will select projects based on your personal objectives and skill level.

The skills taught are applicable to all forms of animation so students may choose to work with digital tools or traditionally on paper. If you are just starting out, we highly recommend you start on paper.

Acceptance is by review of a portfolio. Please see our resources page for more information and necessary supplies.

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