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Do you have a passion for animation and love to draw? Are you an avid comic book and graphic novel reader? Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center's Fall Animation & Illustration classes are open to students of all ages and artistic backgrounds who wish to explore the magic of animation, or challenge their artistic skills.


In an open art studio environment, students will be exposed to various mediums of animation, traditional and media arts. Students will be able to complete projects in a range of styles; including classical and digital animation, stop motion, fine art sketching, and digital painting. We also encourage students to bring in art projects they have previously done, or are currently working on. There is no required level of experience or skill. Each student will receive individual attention in addition to regular class lectures.

Each session runs for 5 weeks at a time, classes are held on Sundays from 9:30am- 12:30pm. The classes are taught by an experienced animator and instructor. All materials will be provided; if you are more comfortable using your own equipment (iPad, drawing materials, laptop) that’s great too!

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Explore different styles of animation, while also learning the fundamentals associated with all forms of animation.
  • Conceptualize and create imaginative characters through sketching, or out of clay, toys, and objects from home.
  • Design characters from pencil and paper to be featured in traditional, or tradigital animation projects.
  • Create comics/graphic novels combining intricate illustrations and storytelling.
  • Utilize creative and structural thinking skills to write a story with a beginning, middle, and end along with a story board.
  • Socialize with other artists and develop skills through interactive lessons.
  • Improve artistic abilities through constructive criticism and critique.
  • Use video and audio equipment technically and creatively.

Session 1

9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$195 ($180 - Sibling Discount)

Session 2

11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$195 ($180 - Sibling Discount)


For more information about the program, please email Jennifer at jgagliardi@plazamac.org.