The Animation Course is both a school and a community created specially for school-aged kids.


 
 

Come learn to animate or draw from former Disney animator and veteran homeschool dad, Chad Stewart! When you take a class with The Animation Course, you receive more than skills. You get the opportunity to...

  • interact directly with field professional and experienced instructor, Chad Stewart

  • receive personalized video feedback from an industry professional

  • interact with other students

  • have tons of fun

  • learn real skills and lay the foundation for a real career

  • in higher levels, create your very own short film

  • and more!

 
 

Summary

Our first and primary course, The Animation Course consists of five levels with the goal of giving the student the tools they need to enjoy the process of creating stories and animating them, thus producing their own short films.

COURSE OFFERINGS

  • Level 1: An introduction to animation through 12 principles of animation.
  • Level 2: Basic concepts of physics and how they apply to animated motion, emotion and acting, and body mechanics.
  • Level 3: How to tell a story—everything from basic story structure to staging and cinematography.
  • Level 4: Combines concepts learned from Levels 1-3 to help students create their own animated short film.
  • C.A.T. (Continual Animation Training): Students work together just like a real animation crew to complete a joint film project.

To view work that past students have done, check out our Student Work page!

What are the courses like?

See Course Formats below for more information.

Got questions?

Take a look at our frequently asked questions or contact us directly.

 
 

summary

The Drawing Course consists of two levels with the goal of teaching classical drawing skills. Using this foundation, The Drawing Course then launches into the world of characters and design, allowing the student to bridge the gap between imagining a character and then putting that character on the page.

course offerings

  • Level 1, Fundamentals of Drawing: An introduction to the classic concepts of traditional drawing and how to use them to bring more life-like images to the page.
  • Level 2, Drawing for Animation: The character and design of humans and animals; bringing life to the drawing through the concepts of gesture and expression.

To view work that past students have done, check out our Student Work page!

What are the courses like?

See Course Formats below for more information.

Got questions?

Take a look at our frequently asked questions or contact us directly.

 
 

1. Live Classes - $350

There are three opportunities per year to attend a live 12-week session: Spring Session, Summer Session, and Fall Session.

  • Class meets once a week via Adobe Connect

  • Interact Live via Chat Box and Microphone

  • Classes are recorded if student is absent

  • Class animation projects graded and reviewed by a professional animator

  • Full access to the teacher

  • Full access to tech support and Tech Time

2. Recordings With Grading - $350

  • Student watches recording anytime during the week of Live Class

  • Class animation projects graded and reviewed by a professional animator

  • Full access to the teacher

  • Full access to tech support and Tech Time

  • Note: Levels 3 & 4 of the Animation Course and C.A.T. are only available live

3. Recordings Only - $150

  • Student watches recording anytime they want (available all year round)

  • NO access to individual reviews of class assignments

  • NO access to the teacher

  • NO access to tech support and Tech Time

  • Note: Levels 3 & 4 of the Animation Course and C.A.T. are only available live


Session Dates

Applies to Live Classes and Recordings With Grading

summer 2018

Meets the weeks of June 4 – August 20

fall 2018

Meets the weeks of September 17 – December 10

Spring 2019

Meets the weeks of January 28 – April 22

 
 
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The Animation Course

Our first and primary course, The Animation Course consists of five levels with the goal of giving the student the tools they need to enjoy the process of creating stories and animating them, thus producing their own short films.
 

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The Drawing Course

The Drawing Course consists of two levels with the goal of teaching classical drawing skills. Using this foundation, The Drawing Course then launches into the world of characters and design, allowing the student to bridge the gap between imagining a character and then putting that character on the page.