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Course Details

Monday - Friday, Apr 15 - 19 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CAMP-2129
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: Zoe Mathewson (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Apr 13 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CHILD-0845
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

This fast-moving animation course is an ideal jumpstart for a child's first experience with frame-by-frame moviemaking. The art form is presented with accessible language and recognizable examples designed to engage even novice young artists. The exercises not only introduce the digital tools that are a "must" for learning animation, but also include handmade elements that connect students to the earliest animation traditions. Working in small teams that mimic a studio experience, students become more confident with technology, storytelling and cooperative learning.


Instructor
  • Name: Simon Allen (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 27 - May 18 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CHILD-2047
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | lab fee $10


Description

Like cake and ice cream, sound and picture just go together. When the sound is a musical track, there is no better choice for the picture than animation. Building a video frame by frame is similar to building a song note by note, so it is no wonder that the most memorable music videos are made by animators. In this course, students advance in their understanding of moviemaking by reinterpreting a favorite music video and then creating an original music video project. New concepts and techniques are introduced throughout, including cycles, compositing and audio editing workflow. Young animators exit with music videos that are bound to attract attention as fledgling YouTube stars.


Instructor
  • Name: Simon Allen (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 27 - May 18 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CHILD-2447
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | lab fee $10


Description

This fast-moving digital media course explores the amazing potential of vector graphics. Students use the powerful and surprisingly intuitive graphic program Adobe Illustrator to experiment with digital drawing and graphic illustration, and make original images for screen or print output. They begin by learning the application’s interface, proper file management, editorial workflow and shortcuts, and practice screen agility with a tablet. Very quickly students move on to drawing posters, portraits and their favorite birds and beasts (giraffe, octopus, the family pet?). It is the first steps to graphic design proficiency and digital ninja-ness.


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 27 - May 18 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-TEEN-2869
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | lab fee $10


Description

The stop motion animation technique has a long history in which clay, puppets and everyday objects have been given the illusion of life. In this introduction to the artform a new method is introduced, as students use needle felting to create both heroic and villainous characters. They then assume the roles of camera operator, set designer and stop motion movie maker as they build a short film frame.

Applies to: AT, Y3, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Zoe Mathewson (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 20 - May 25 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-ANIM-2232
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Why storyboard? Storyboards can be used to discuss ideas, describe a sequence, visualize a "look" and create a blueprint for implementing an animation, saving time by facilitating experimentation and exploration before the real animation begins. Professionals also use storyboards to communicate ideas to creative teams, clients or potential employers. In class, students translate their story ideas into visual images and accompanying text, describing the action, mood, setting and timing of the story. Storyboard conventions are covered, along with narrative development, production and presentation techniques. Students also learn how to choose the appropriate type of storyboard for their audience, as well as how to set and manage client expectations. A variety of film and animation projects are presented for discussion so that students emerge with brand new tools for successful animation project planning.

Applies to: AN-R, IT-E

Prerequisite: Animation: Introduction


Instructor
  • Name: Carissa Abitabilo (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Apr 10 - May 22 | 1-4pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DVID-1162
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Blender is a free, cross-platform, open-source 3D application that supports 3D modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking. This course focuses on modeling 3D drawings for animation and video game character and object modeling. As 3D virtual worlds like Minecraft and Fortnite generate more demand for custom assets and skins, the possibilities are endless as you gain entry to this creative world through this time-tested, community-driven software.

Applies to: IT-E

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Adam Porter (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday + Wednesday, Jul 2 - 3 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CAMP-0536
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
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)