Course Description

RISD CE animation drawing course

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. Tutorials help 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. Presentations of an animator's core rudiments like squash and stretch, walk cycles and metamorphosis complete the learning. A sharp pencil is the primary tool, but the motion is finally made real with digital 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 Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Jun 21, 2022 to Jul 31, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $425.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 12, 2022
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 14, 2022
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 21, 2022 to Jul 31, 2022
Necessary Supplies

This course requires a digital drawing tablet such as a Wacom Intuos, Bamboo, or Cintiq creative tablets or equivalent. Additionally, you can expect to spend up to $125 (estimate) on supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books for this course. A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class.

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store.

Section Notes

This course section requires access to one or more applications that are part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Please visit the Adobe website to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before registering.

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