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Mondays, Jun 17 - Jul 22 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-ANIM-1723
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Students take a line for a walk, literally, in this animation course that introduces the hand drawing techniques that have given shape to classic characters like Snow White, Scooby-Doo and Stewie Griffin. Students learn how to design characters that move, as they are introduced to the frame-by-frame moviemaking tradition popularized by Studio Ghibli and Warner Brothers. They're then introduced to the animator's core rudiments like squash and stretch, walk cycles and metamorphosis. A sharp pencil is the primary tool, but the motion is finally made real with lessons in scanning, capture and sequencing using digital technology. Students exit with a better understanding of the animator's workflow, from light table to tablet to screen.

Applies to: AN-R, IT-E

Prerequisite: Drawing I


Instructor
  • Name: Fred Galpern (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday + Wednesday, Jul 2 - 3 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CAMP-0536 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $10


Description

Smile, frown and scowl: These are the ways an animated character can tell a story. Students in this course are taught to advance their skills in hand-drawing characters to concentrate on the emotional range that can only be suggested by animating expressions properly. The instructor presents the animation essentials for the construction of the cartoon head and how to convey emotional range with efficient but effective lines. These animated exercises become video clips and may lead to the next level of animation excellence.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Nick Marcoux (Bio)
Course Details

Monday + Tuesday, Aug 19 - 20 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CAMP-0538
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $10


Description

Not all critters are created equal; this is definitely true when animating a cartoon creature. The different limbs, snouts, wings, or the lack thereof, and the bigger issue of the variety of proportions, must cause an animator to approach their movement differently. This course for teen animators builds upon their experience in Drawing for Animation to provide the lessons that will increase confidence when animating animals. The figure-to-ground relationship is a vital lesson as students consider how an animal's two legs, four hooves or scaly belly change their movement from place to place. Topics also include cycles, camera field and composition, as well as a refresher using Dragonframe as the animation interface.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Nick Marcoux (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 22 - 26 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-0544 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $15


Description

Character animation often depends on resolving a conflict between two characters. This course for experienced animation artists gives you the opportunity to advance your skills with drawn animation. Beginning with a quick refresher of movement-friendly character design, you'll quickly shift your pencil-drawn actor to a drafted stage. Lessons in cycles, simulated gravity and the figure-to-ground plane relationship are presented as you choose one of two scenarios: a fight (the conflict) or a dance (the resolution). Both are critical moments in the narrative arc, and essential learning for the animator who will leave with movie clip examples of work easily viewed from any internet-connected device. Please bring a USB drive of 1GB or more.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Nick Marcoux (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 15 - 26 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-2008 ( Class is Full )
10 sessions | 30 contact hours | tuition $515 | lab fee $25


Description

From King Kong's wrestling match with T-Rex to the found object stories of Oscar- and Emmy-nominated animator PES, the process of building a movie frame by frame has resulted in unbelievable cinematic images. Each individual movement is recorded and then projected at a speed that fools the eye into seeing uninterrupted movement. Explore this process as you assume the role of camera operator, set designer and animator. Using a variety of two- and three-dimensional media, you'll go on to create a believable reality made with short video experiments. By the end of the course, you will have learned to combine digital picture and sound and learned the art of stop motion storytelling.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Kristen Shea (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 15 - 19 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CHILD-2013 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Description

Grab the brass ring! With the carnival merry-go-round as a subject, this animation course introduces young artists to the frame-by-frame movie-making experience. Taught in a full-featured computer lab, this course begins with lessons in the use of Adobe Photoshop to create 2D digital images that have the illusion of movement. Students design an individual character (horse, dragon, lion, swan?) on paper, and then translate this drawing to a Photoshop variation. They set their character on the stage of the cartoon carousel as they become more nimble with the software tools, learning layers, cycles and editorial workflow. Individual projects are reviewed and combined with classmates' images to create a single expressive movie project. It is a simulation of an animation studio experience for young artists, and gives them a peek at the career behind their favorite cartoons.


Instructor
  • Name: James Frio (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 12 - 16 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CHILD-2087 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Cartoon critters as realistic as Bambi or as "cartoony" as Jake the Dog can become animated characters in the same way. The secret lies in creating carefully sequenced drawings that give the "critter" the illusion of movement. Students in this course learn this method from a teaching animator as they practice the process in a state-of-the-art digital media classroom. They'll photograph their drawn character to not only make them move, but also dance, jump and perhaps fly as they learn animation techniques and the vocabulary surrounding this unique and technologically rich art form.


Instructor
  • Name: Nick Marcoux (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 8 - 12 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-2129-02 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Build a foundation for digital two-dimensional animation techniques and begin to develop your personal animation style. You'll discover the technology that makes it all possible, as you're introduced to the concept of the frame (animation's atomic unit), how it turns into a cycle, then a sequence and finally, a story. As a class, we'll review group exercises and student projects to develop a common understanding of what "good" animation looks like and how to discuss this exciting art form.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: James Frio (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 5 - 9 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-2129-03 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Build a foundation for digital two-dimensional animation techniques and begin to develop your personal animation style. You'll discover the technology that makes it all possible, as you're introduced to the concept of the frame (animation's atomic unit), how it turns into a cycle, then a sequence and finally, a story. As a class, we'll review group exercises and student projects to develop a common understanding of what "good" animation looks like and how to discuss this exciting art form.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Nick Marcoux (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 15 - 19 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-2923 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

In many ways animation has not changed since Gertie the Dinosaur came to life under the expressive pen of Winsor McCay. It is still the art form that instills the illusion of life in fantastic characters. This is your chance to advance your knowledge of core cartooning skills learned in Start Cartooning, as you connect that experience to animation. The class looks at how leading artists in the field make their characters move by combining traditional hand-drawn techniques with digital capture and camera operations. Students will leave with animated character studies (called pencil tests) and a better understanding of animation in both a college setting and as a career option.

Applies to: AT, Y2

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Fred Galpern (Bio)