A short introduction to drawn animation

Course Dates: 09/07/22 - 30/07/22
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
Due to its versatility, Drawn animation is one of the most exciting animated forms favoured by artists and animators alike. Whether your interest is in traditional or experimental animation, whether you’re confident with drawing or not, you will enjoy developing your skills on this practical user friendly course.
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Course Code: VK580

Finished Sat, day, 09 Jul - 30 Jul '22

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

On this practical course you will be introduced to the professional techniques of drawn animation. You will be taken through a range of techniques with stage by stage demonstrations on how to apply different drawing methods and styles. You will also learn the key principles of animation focusing on the use of loops and cycles in drawn animation. With professional guidance throughout you will make your own short animated sequences showcasing a range of processes. This course is invaluable for enhancing your animation practice and your animation showreel.

What will we cover?

- Cycles and loops in animation
- Taking a line for a walk
- Morphing and free style animation
- Simple key posing character animation
- A range of examples of different types of professional drawn animation
- Some key animation principles to enhance your work
- Introduction to the professional stop motion application Dragon Frame
- Basic use of Premiere Pro for assembling clips
- Animating and producing your own short sequence to showcase your animation skills.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- animate using a range of different styles of drawn animation
- understand how to capture your animation using a digital camera and capture software.
- produce your own drawn animation sequences
- have a better understanding what makes a good animation.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginner’s class but this course is suitable for those who wish to polish up their skills or try a new technique of drawn animation.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, individual assistance and some hand-outs. Any work outside the class is optional. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in its Film and Animation studios.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

For this course all materials will be provided but you may bring your own art materials if you prefer. Your tutor will advise you on this at the start of the course.
Please bring a USB stick to the class for storing your work.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a range of courses in digital and traditional animation techniques, including model animation, cut out animation and digital courses in After effects, Cinema 4D lite, Animate CC and Photoshop. We also offer courses in film making, editing, illustration and drawing if you wish to improve your animation and moving image practice.

Stephanie Griffiths

Stephanie Griffiths is a BAFTA award winning animator with over 20 years professional experience working on numerous well known children’s animated programmes. As well as a string of credits in broadcast model and drawn animation, Stephanie has produced experimental films creatively combining animation and live action. She is also an accomplished puppet maker and puppeteer. Teaching and mentoring has been an integral part of Stephanie’s practice and she has facilitated and mentored a wide range of innovative animation and art projects working with different communities and international artists.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.