Meet Chad

the animation course instructor

Chad Stewart has worked as a professional animator in film and television for the last 28 years! He animated with a pencil at Walt Disney Feature Animation on such films as:

  • Tarzan

  • The Emperor’s New Groove

  • Fantasia 2000

Then he made the transition over the great digital divide to Sony Pictures Imageworks and worked as a lead animator on such digital features as: 

  • The Polar Express

  • Stuart Little 2

  • Surf’s Up

Chad has most recently worked as a 3D Visual Development Artist at Sony Pictures Animation and is currently contracting with the same studio to work on sporadic development projects. He has a full home life including his beautiful wife of 25 years, 4 daughters (including one who is married) and 4 sons, adopted from Liberia, West Africa. As a family, they have homeschooled for the last 20 years.

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Since teaching children has been such an integral part of his family life, Chad was inspired to share his knowledge of animation with other kids via the wonders of the world wide web.  Whether you want to pursue animation as a career or would enjoy just learning for the sheer pleasure of the animation art form, this course will work for you!

 
 

Meet Kayla

Administrator

Kayla is the wife of Chad and mother to their 8 children. She has finished her 20 years of homeschooling and has jumped on board with Chad in this venture to bring the art and animation world to the online learning community. She takes care of the business and organizational side of things for The Animation Course, LLC.

Meet Our Graders

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Jim Donovan
Grader

Jim Donovan has been animating for over 15 years on a wide variety of projects ranging from cartoony to realistic VFX animation. He's worked on the Halo and Destiny video games and recently animated the Niffler in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

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Joe Mandia
Grader

Joe Mandia has been in the animation industry for over 17 years. He as worked in VFX, feature animated films, commercials and video games. Some projects include, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone, Chicken Little, Ice Age 2, and Open Season. Joe has also taught for a major online animation school for several years and has produced an instructional animation DVD for Eat3D.com.

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Rob Fox
Grader

Rob Fox has been animating for almost thirty years. He is from Dublin, Ireland where he started out in 2d traditional animation on The Land Before Time. He met Chad when he later worked for Sony on project such as The Polar Express, Monster House, Surfs Up, Spiderman, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Smurfs, and the Alices! Rob has also taught animation on and off over the years and enjoys it thoroughly.

 
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Jeff Croke
Grader

Jeff has been in the animation industry for over 20 years and thinks he may finally be getting the hang it. He began his career in video games and eventually worked his way into video and feature films. His early credits include Big Idea Studios' Veggie Tales and 3-2-1 Penguins. After a move to California, he contributed to feature films such as Open Season, Surf's Up, Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Yogi Bear, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, as well as Missing Link. Most recently, he’s worked from his home in Oregon creating 3D Bitmoji animation for Snapchat's augmented reality lenses.

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Abel Salazar
Grader

Abel has over 15 years’ experience contributing to animation and visual effects across films, television, games and digital media. His work includes animation on feature films such Open Season, The Barnyard, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Garfield 2, Iron Man 2 and 3, and others. He has contributed character animation on several video games such as Pixar's Wall-E & Up and Marvel's Thor, along with a bevy of projects for clients such as Netflix, Marvel, Disney, DreamWorks, and many more. He is currently working on Fox's next big animation franchise and resides in L.A. with his wife, two sons, and a very snooty schnoodle. 

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Johnny Turco
Grader

Johnny has been in the animation industry for over 19 years as an animator and storyboard artist. He has worked in nearly every type of animation media, from VFX, feature animation, and TV animation, to commercials, animated shorts, video games, and VR. Some titles he’s worked on include: The Book of Life, Ferdinand, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Scooby-Doo, Star Wars: The Clone Wars animation TV show, Charlotte's Web, Garfield and many more. Johnny currently lives and works in Los Angeles as a storyboard artist on American Dad... and moonlights in saving the world from evil with his cat.

 
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Brooklyn Walker
Grader

Brooklyn is a new face in the animation industry! She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and is currently a character designer at Sony Pictures Animation. She loves drawing cute, whimsical cartoons, and enjoys making illustrated children's books in her spare time. 

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Han Hu
Grader

Han Hu has been a professional animator for over 11 years. He has worked on many commercials, video games, TV shows, and feature films, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Transformers: The Last Knight

 

 Meet Our Admin Staff

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Susie Pearson
Administrative Assistant

Susie helps Kayla keep up with administrative duties.  She loves making messy spaces into organized, happy spaces and she likes projects because they typically have a beginning and an end!

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Megyn Stewart
Social Media Assistant

Megyn is the youngest daughter of Chad and Kayla and participates with them in posting the students’ work on Facebook and Instagram. She is beginning her senior year of high school and loves riding her horses, cuddling her kitty, and basically just enjoys farm life with her family!