Meet Chad

the animation course instructor

Chad Stewart has worked as a professional animator in film and television for the last 27 years!  Animating with a pencil at Walt Disney Feature Animation on such films as:

  • Tarzan

  • The Emperor’s New Groove

  • Fantasia 2000

Then making the transition over the great digital divide to Sony Pictures Imageworks and working 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 24 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 18 years.


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


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 Team


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!


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!


Jim Donovan

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."


Joe Mandia

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


Rob Fox

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.