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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, 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, 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: James Frio (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 12 - 16 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-2923-02
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: Nick Marcoux (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 29 - Aug 2 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CHILD-3767-02 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $25


Description

Clay has a lot of character; wouldn't Gumby agree? Students in this course learn the secrets of frame-by-frame movie making, using clay as a medium to animate under the camera. Experimentation is the objective as students combine material and technique in a traditional and hands-on way, but with the state-of-the-art technology that has made all animation accessible. Once the basics are understood, they'll next develop a narrative idea, style the characters and put them through their paces, working cooperatively to set their Plasticine players into motion telling original claymation stories for family and friends to appreciate.


Instructor
  • Name: Simon Allen (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 29 - Aug 2 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CHILD-3712-02 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $15


Description

Let's animate! The magic of frame-by-frame storytelling is the subject of this first experience with animation, in which young artists learn the techniques and technology of an art form that they've been familiar with from an early age but, instead of sitting in the audience, they do the making. And what they make is hands-on under the camera, but with an introduction to the computer-based technology that makes all animated art possible. Students learn to manage a project cooperatively in a digital technology classroom where artistic output can be shared on-screen.


Instructor
  • Name: Kristen Shea (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday + Wednesday, Aug 13 - 14 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CAMP-2447-02
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | 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

Monday - Friday, Jul 22 - 26 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-3710 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

If you are a movie lover, you've seen Maya in action. This award-winning 3D animation software package has advanced features that allow an imaginative artist to create the impossible, or at least the never considered. Maya has been used to create eye-popping movie characters like the gods, monsters and mutant heroes in The Avengers, as well as their vehicles and weapons that are always at hand. This course introduces the basics of the Maya interface and the concepts of 3D modeling. During class, you complete a Maya model that, while only the first step to creating a whole new universe, highlights the possibilities of this unique tool. Given the career possibilities emanating from the study of 3D animation, why not start here?

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Kristen Shea (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 5 - 9 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CAMP-1174-02 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 35 contact hours | tuition $515 | lab fee $20


Description

You won't have to travel far to learn digital storytelling. RISD's animation lab is the place to learn the secrets of frame-by-frame moviemaking, using clay as a medium to animate under the camera. Experimentation is the objective as kids get hands-on and squishy, learning new materials and techniques along with state-of-the-art technology. Once the basics are understood, they'll next develop a narrative idea, create characters and put them through their paces a shot at a time. Add music and sound effects, and their original short film is ready for an eager audience.


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
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