snapd Beaches/Danforth newspaper attended Max the Mutt’s 2018 Graduation Ceremony and this is what they had to say about their visit:
“A top ten list of the best animation art and design schools in Canada lists Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design for Sequential Arts Comic Books and Graphic Novels at number three. Given the incredible amount of talent this school nurtures and produces on a yearly basis, it is something of a surprise it didn’t go one or two notches higher.
Another reason for that surprise placing is that for the second year in a row, a Max student, an incredibly gifted and artistic young man by the name of Dhenzel Obeng has won the top prize at the annual Ubisoft Toronto NXT showcase.
You may not know it but this is an extremely big deal in the art world. It must have been a very tough call because competition for this prize is fierce.
On Thursday, May 17th at the Max the Mutt College of animation, art and design, a graduation ceremony was held for Dhenzel and about twenty three of his fellow classmates – equally talented in their own field who graduated from three different programs.
The warmth, humility and friendliness of those who graduated is in every way equal to their talent. Looking at the quality of the art work that was on display from many of the students, it is in part due to the fact that artists are nurtured and motivated by women such as Max owner Maxine Schacker, Tina Seemann, co-director of the school, and Hilary Phillips who takes care of story development.
These proud young graduates have a great future ahead of them thanks to their time at Max.”
“What’s so great about Max the Mutt is the school’s sheer focus on the fundamentals of art and design, and the passion that both students and instructors bring to the table every day. It’s an environment where you have the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable faculty with real-world industry experience, and where you’re surrounded by like-minded students who are keen on advancing their craft. All in all, it’s a place where you’re easily inspired to produce your best work.”
M.R. Horhager, Director at Industrial Brothers
“Max the Mutt is one of the leading illustration and design schools in Canada. I’m impressed with the quality and range of skills of the students and staff. Max the Mutt can say that their instruction is done by talented staff with current skills for our changing market.”
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“I recommend Max the Mutt as your choice for a serious art education.
I’ve had the great pleasure to be a guest teacher at Max the Mutt. The faculty has extensive knowledge and experience in the arts industry. It is a place full of anticipation, one filled with prospects. In my short time to getting to know the students, I see so much potential in their vision. I believe that under the guidance at Max the Mutt, the students can find their true passion in their art. For this reason, this September I’m joining the faculty as a part time instructor. The faculty of working professionals with experience in the industry shines a light for the students to navigate the realities of professional arts and design. Max the Mutt is always here to give support and provide the vital learning environment and the right resources for the students to be successful.”
Crush Visual, Inc.
Thank you Maxine,
I owe much of my success to the values I learned at our great school. Hard work, discipline, sticktuitivness, and going through life with an open mind and a smile. You gave me a chance when I was young and lost, my life without this opportunity would be far less full.
The thought of the life I would be living, without this opportunity, makes me shudder inside. I can never thank you enough for giving this country boy a chance to do something more with life.
So thank you.
Max the Mutters are taking this studio over, I sit beside Jason Camacho, Rae Dickey is our rigging supervisor, Tracy Squires was our lead fx artist up until she had her new born a few days ago. Tess and Keith are here animating, Tabitha is our lead bg painter, and the list goes on.
The friends I made at Max have become my dearest…. Max has had a profound affect on my life as a student and far into the future. Thank you again for all you have done for me and my family of mutters. And most of all thank you for teaching me how to draw.
Guru is 250 strong with no end in sight, not sure if you have a Toon Boom Harmony course at Max but we are always on the lookout for great animators (who know Toon Boom).
You and Tina will always have a warm place in my heart.
Thank you for everything, you changed my life.
This email came in response to Director Maxine Schacker’s note of congratulations to Adam on becoming an Animation Director at Guru Studios! Tina Seemann heads up our animation program. We do teach Toon Boom Harmony, as well as classical, some Flash, and intensive study of 3D.
Saar Bodman graduated in 2012 from the Concept Art for Animation and Video Games Diploma Program. He began as Assistant Art Director at Corus/Nelvana immediately after graduation, and was still at that job when interviewed in 2014. After deciding that he wanted to do more actual designing, he has joined forces with Robyn Lau (a Concept Art MTM 2013 Alumni) and Jake Kalbehnn (a Concept Art MTM 2012 Alumni) to launch their own business. He speaks in this interview about the stress Max the Mutt places on professionalism and how important that has been to his success.
From the time Keyframe Digital Productions opened our studio doors back in 1997, we have turned to Max the Mutt time and time again for top animation talent, and we have never been disappointed with the quality of its graduates … obviously, Max the Mutt attracts high caliber artists and trains them into the professionals any studio would want.
Max the Mutt is a small, unique private art school specializing in fine art, illustration, graphic novels and animation. The quality of the faculty is exceptional, comprised of many artists and designers with industry experience. The environment reflects a congenial and creative atmosphere that encourages and supports the students and clearly brings out the very best in them. The students’ work is really amazing, inventive and technically brilliant, demonstrating a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and talent. Their work is clearly on a par with the best of the industry and the graduates are all likely to have an tremendous impact on their generation of illustrators and animators.
the submissions from Max the Mutt students were well thought out, beautifully drawn, and animated with a strong sense of timing and storytelling. Keep up the good work.
I have connected with a fine arts college, (initimate – almost exclusive), which focuses on anatomy, detail, quality of line, gesture, and most of all pride in capturing the essence of the classical style of animation that once made Disney a household name.
An open, creative environment where the goals are quality, originality and marketability.
“I’ve been hiring Max the Mutt students since 2009. They have proven time and again that they are professional, reliable, well trained, extremely talented artists. Maxine and Tina make the entire experience extremely personal by keeping in touch and keeping up to date on how all of their graduates are doing in their work places. I thank them each day as I see our productions come to life with the dedicated help of the hard working employees that they have helped to produce.”
I must say that my experience with my very own Max the Mutt intern was a pleasant one. She was both eager to learn, worked great with the team and took criticism like a professional should (but not necessarily how all professionals do). Admittedly I was a little concerned at first, as I am with most students but unlike most students, she adapted very quickly, and soon was creating art that is being used for the base of our next project. A definite hire back.
“The focus on fundamentals of drawing at Max the Mutt allowed me to push my work farther than ever before. I credit those classes in life drawing for supplying me with the foundation of my current style. Gesture, structure…. rhythm, its all there.”
Noel is now a prize-winning graphic novel illustrator, “Elks Run”, Villard/Random House Books.
I wanted to thank you for your recommendation of students for our Animation Internship search a few months back. Being a Max the Mutt Alumnus myself, I had no doubt that any Max graduate would be able to offer both a professional and positive contribution to our team. As a result, I am pleased to tell you that as of next week, both of our Max the Mutt grads are starting here full time.
Again thank you for your past recommendations. We couldn’t be happier to have our new additions from Max as part of our full time team.
“Great Staff. The teachers definitely provide a lot of opportunities for growth… you get to meet and talk to professionals.”
“ If you want to make something worthwhile, if you want to get some skill so you can actually work and make something you think is beautiful… come to this school. It’s a fantastic place.”
“You are really getting what you paid for, and honestly it is the best work I have seen from people in school and my age. I chose Max the Mutt – and I know this sounds cheesy – but it felt like home. I felt that a lot of the other schools, felt big and intimidating and felt like a factory because you have those big classes and you don’t get the personalization that you get with the small classes at Max the Mutt. It’s about the intimate, personal connectivity you get with instructors.”
“It was great. It was exactly what I was hoping to do. I came here especially to learn traditional stuff so I can apply it to my digital paintings and it helped me immensely… The teachers are very helpful. Whenever someone has a problem or asking questions… they will always be there. Well, as much as I hate to admit it but first year which was the hardest it taught me the most to see the world differently as an artist. It helped shape me as a person.”