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Draw, Animate, Repeat! - Traditional Animation Techniques Multi-Day Workshop

Have you ever wondered how animated cartoons are made without computers? Then you will probably have lots of fun in this hands-on workshop! We create a complete cartoon animation, and everyone contributes an original animated scene.
Randy James, MEd
143 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 7 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

- Students learn to create original cartoon character designs, storyboards, and hand-drawn animated sequences 

- During brainstorming sessions students contribute verbal and illustrated responses to generate character ideas, names, and story plots

- Through classroom activities, students learn to array of traditional animation production  techniques which include: lighting, image registration, frame-rates, and editing

- Using traditional storyboarding techniques, students practice how to quickly communicate their concepts and contributions

- With practice, students demonstrate the practical use of animated "cycles", "squash-and-stretch", "anticipation", "gravity", and "implied motion"

There can be approximately 1-3 hours of optional drawing and animation homework per week (depending upon each student's interest and motivation).  Please enjoy these animated short films which inform the general style of hand-drawn animation presented in this workshop:  "Flip's Lunchroom"  "Village Smithy"  "Skeleton Frolic" 
Required Materials - Lots of white A4 printer paper - Pencils and erasers - Thick black pens and Sharpies - Colored markers - Paper "hole-punch" or similar office tool - Homemade light table (box/plexiglass) or tablet glowing background Optional - Basic smartphone or tablet with camera - tripod for smart devices - Free “Flip-a-Clip” or "Stop Motion Studio" app This is a live class, and the instructor uses a 2-camera system to feature specific illustration styles and techniques. Students are encouraged (within reason!) to spontaneously interact with the instructor and others during most exercises, and this workshop should be be interactive and lively.

Final project presentation
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Randy James, MEd
Lives in the United States
Creativity Coach, Cartoonist, Animator, Word-Nerd
143 total reviews
361 completed classes

About Me

Randy James, MEd 
Creativity Coach, Cartoonist, Animator, Word-Nerd

Hi, please call me Randy!  As a college professor of game design and animation I mentored the artistically gifted for over 20 years.  I have a Master's Degree in education and... 
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