Animation I: Beginner Classes

Do you have a passion for animation, or do you have a character that you want to see come alive on the “big screen”? Or are you curious about how films such as Boxtrolls and Coraline are made? In this creative class, students will learn to storyboard, model, film, and edit their own Stop Motion animated shorts. 

Students will team up to learn how to build the set and props using mixed media such as clay, paper, and other found objects. The class is designed to teach and build upon beginner Stop Motion skills while encouraging creative and imaginative expression. Classes are great for students 8 -13 years who have little or no experience with Stop Motion Animation. Students will be introduced to basic character creation, audio and video editing with iMovie, and voice recording with GarageBand. There will be a screening party on the last day of class.

The workshop is taught by an experienced instructor and animator. All materials will be provided.

Learning objectives:

  • Observe, comprehend, and analyze a story by viewing different films
  • Utilize creative and structural thinking skills to write a story with a beginning, middle, and end and draw a story board
  • Create imaginative characters out of personal toy figures, clay, and other inanimate objects brought from home or a store
  • Use intent and resourcefulness while building sets relevant to the characters and the story plot
  • Use video and audio equipment technically and creatively
  • Apply organizational, intentional, technical, and creative skills to put together different elements of the film with music, sound effects,
    voice over, and graphics using non-linear editing tools


Dates and times:

Dates: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12 (price includes all dates)
Times: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The class is capped at 16 students.

Student Videos


Stick Guy and the Beanstalk

Alien Invasion

The Movie Not About John Cena