* Students’ projects, resource files and software will be available for download from our website a week after the completion of the course.

Lego Brickfilms

Grades 2 to 8            Prerequisite: none

Lights…Camera…Action! If you’ve ever wanted to direct your own movies or like making up stories, then this course is for you. Create your unique story on a storyboard. Design your own movie set with LEGO® mini-figures, bricks, plates and background pictures. Using webcams, stop-motion movie software, and video editing software, you will create animated movies with titles, credits, transitions, and sound effects including your own narration. This is a fun course to take with a friend.

Stop Motion Animation

Grade 4 and up Prerequisite: none
From art, story-telling, commercials, music videos, science to history, stop-motion animation can bring any of these topics to life. In addition to learning the software, you will also work with various DIY animation material such as clay, toys, felt and various everyday objects. Creativity to the extreme! Your project will include still or moving (chromakey) backgrounds, overlay effects such as smoke, snow, flashes, explosions, and sounds effects. This course maybe repeated. It is fun course to take with friends.

Cartoon Animation

Ages 9 and up Prerequisite: none

Bring your imagination to life through cartoons in the style of Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network. Using an intuitive 2D animation software you will work with drawing tools, bone-rigging system, animation timeline, sound and special effects. Start with your characters, which can be imported or created. Next, you will add “bones”, and then edit with multiple layers, sounds and special effects. This course is a fun and exciting way to introduce students to the professional animated cartoon skills.

3D Animation

Age: 10 and up Prerequisite: none

Create your own 3D animated movies, just like the animated movies by Disney, Dreamworks or Pixar! Starting with a static scene, you will bring it to life using a free 3D software tool. At the end of the course, you will have your own animated movie that you created from scratch. This course is a unique opportunity to learn animation in an exciting, meaningful way. You will come away with an impressive project, as well as a foundational knowledge of a professional 3D animation skill.

3D Character Animation

Ages 10 and up Prerequisite: none

Learn how to create animated movies using Minecraft-like characters! You will use a simple image editor to create your characters, and then use a 3D animation software to animate your characters. With a focus on character animation concepts like facial expressions and biped animation, you will learn key 3D character animation skills. Students will master key 3D animation concepts, laying the foundation for a future career in animation, or simply giving kids a fun, productive artistic outlet.