The Animation Course

 

Let me introduce my husband, Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and awesome father to our 8 wonderful children. Beginning his career as an old fashioned hand-drawing animator (flipping pages), he has been working in the feature animation world for about 26 years! He made the switch to digital/computer animation about 15 years ago and now has expertise in both types of animation. He has been very much a part of our 16 year journey in homeschooling our children and has enjoyed that process of teaching. About 9 years ago, he began teaching at an online animation school for career-minded adults and that experience was so positive that he and I began to envision The Animation Course for school age students.

-Kayla Stewart

                                                                                                                                                          

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The Animation Course 

 

12 - one hour long sessions  click here for days and times

 

Meeting online through Adobe Connect

 

The main goal of Level 1 is to introduce the student to the concept of animation.  Not merely making something move across the screen, but rather making something come to life.  We learn how to do this through The Principles of Animation, ideas and concepts that were identified and written down by 2 of the original Disney Animators.  Each week we will examine and explain one principle and then put it into practice as the student will have an assignment to create their own animation during the week (1 to 2 hours per week).  By the end of Level 1 the student will have created 4 animation projects.

 

Level 1 can be experienced in any form of animation (hand drawn, computer, etc.).

 

Topics covered through the class:

  • The Principles of Animation

  • Traditional Hand Drawn animation

  • Computer Generated animation

  • Joint critiques of student work

  • Animation History

  • and much more

 

There is free animation software available for students, but you will need access to a computer that will run it or if you would like, you can choose to run your own software.  All you need to do is be able to show your animation in a video.

 

Cost:  $300 (You can reserve your spot with a $50 registration fee)

Ages:  11 to 18

Taught by Chad Stewart

 

                                                                                                                                                          

 

The Animation Course

 

 

12 - one hour long sessions   click here for days and times

 

 

Meeting online through Adobe Connect

 

Continuing where Level 1 leaves off, Level 2 will introduce the student to the concepts of physics (and how they apply to animated motion) and body mechanics (the way joints and structure are utilized during basic locomotion:  i.e. walking, running, jumping, etc.).

 

We will also explore the concepts of adding emotion and acting to animation, further enforcing the idea of bringing a character to life.

 

As with Level 1, Level 2 can be experienced in any form of animation (hand drawn, computer, etc.).

 

Topics covered through the course:

  • Weight and Balance

  • Basic human structure

  • Force

  • Body language

  • Examining human walks and runs

  • Acting and Expression

  • Communication and the Face

  • Joint critiques of student work

  • and much more

 

As with Level 1, there is free animation software available for students, but you will need access to a computer that will run it or if you would like, you can choose to run your own software.  All you need to do is be able to show your animation in a video.

 

Cost:  $300 (You can reserve your spot with a $50 registration fee)

Ages:  11 to 18

Taught by Chad Stewart

 

Prerequisite:  The Animation Course:  Level 1

 

                                                                                                                                                          

 

The Animation Course

 

 

12 - one hour long sessions  click here for days and times

 

 

Meeting online through Adobe Connect

 

Moving into the most important aspect of film-making, Level 3 delves into how to tell a story. Everything from the basic structure that all stories share to staging and cinemetography. In Level 3 your student will learn the tools to take their ideas and transform them into a cohesive narrative that communicates a clear theme.

 

We will explore the concepts of characters and why developing convincing personalities is essential to plot.

 

Topics covered through the course:

  • Plot and Story Structure

  • Character development

  • Storyboarding

  • Dialogue

  • Showing not Telling

  • Communicating with the Camera: Basic types of shots

  • Editing:  Cuts and Transitions

  • The Power of Sound

  • and much more

 

Level 3 can be experienced with any basic editing software, such as Windows Movie Maker or iMovie.

 

Cost:  $300 (You can reserve your spot with a $50 registration fee)

Ages:  11 to 18

Taught by Chad Stewart

 

Prerequisite:  The Animation Course:  Level 1 and Level 2

 

                                                                                                                                                          

 

The Animation Course

 

 

12 - one hour long sessions  click here for days and times

 

 

Meeting online through Adobe Connect

 

Taking all of the lessons from Levels 1, 2 and 3, your student now combines them to make their own animated short film. All of the asssignments work in conjunction to help the student conceive, write, direct, storyboard, edit, record and ultimately animate their film. Each class is devoted to giving feedback and constructive critique to help encourage and guide the student throughout the process.

 

At the end of the course, your student's film will be joined with the other films from the class into a compilation and released on The Animation Course YouTube channel where students can set up their own 'premiere' to screen their films for friends and family.

 

Topics covered through the course:

  • Instructor Mentoring and student critiques

  • Flexibility and film making

  • Good ideas come from observation

  • Overcoming frustration with perserverance and encouragement

  • Practice, practice, practice!

  • and much more

 

Level 4 will be experienced with software previously used in Levels 1, 2 and 3.

 

Cost:  $300 (You can reserve your spot with a $50 registration fee)

Ages:  11 to 18

Taught by Chad Stewart

 

Prerequisite:  The Animation Course:  Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3

 

                                                                                                                                                          

 

The Drawing Course  

 

  

 

12 - one hour long sessions click here for days and times

 

 

Meeting online through Adobe Connect

 

The Drawing Course is our newest course, aimed at introducing the different principles and techniques of drawing as an art form.  The student will be introduced to the classic concepts of traditional drawing and how to use them to bring more life-like images to the page.  

 

Each week a new topic will be discussed and demonstrated with the student both drawing in class and on their own during the week (1 to 2 hours per week).

 

Topics covered through the course:

  • Perspective

  • How to “See”

  • Texture

  • Line and Shape

  • Design

  • Light and Shadow

  • Silhouette

  • introduction to “Creating a Character”

  • and much more

 

The Drawing course requires no specific software, just pencil and paper and a way to scan/take a picture of your work.

 

Cost:  $300 (You can reserve your spot with a $50 registration fee)

Ages:  11-18 (Middle/High School)

Taught by Chad Stewart

 

                                                                                                                                                          

 

The Drawing Course   

 

 

12 - one hour long sessions  click here for days and times

 

 

Meeting online through Adobe Connect

 

The Drawing Course is our newest course, aimed at introducing the different principles and techniques of drawing as an art form.  Level 2 will turn the focus toward the character and design of humans and animals. Taking the tools learned in Level 1, the student will focus on bringing life to the drawing through the concepts of gesture and expression.  The Student will also begin creating image sequences, emphasizing structure and how the body moves.

 

Each week a new topic will be discussed and demonstrated with the student both drawing in class and on their own during the week (1 to 2 hours per week).

 

Topics covered through the course:

  • Character Expression

  • Shape and design

  • Personality

  • Gesture and motion

  • Structure: Skeletal and Muscular

  • Silhouette value

  • Creating a Character

  • and much more

 

The Drawing course requires no specific software, just pencil and paper and a way to scan/take a picture of your work.

 

Cost:  $300 (You can reserve your spot with a $50 registration fee)

Ages:  11 to 18 (Middle/High school)

Taught by Chad Stewart