Traditional Animation 2 – Saturdays

Arts Workshop

Workshop Details

Dive deeper into the art of traditional hand-drawn animation! Students will learn more advanced character animation principles and techniques. They’ll also get to explore the art of hand drawn special effects like fire, water, smoke, fabric, and create multilayered animated scenes, synced with sound.

This animation workshop builds on the animation skills students learned in Introduction to Animation. New students are welcome who have some experience with Traditional Animation (basic principles of squash and stretch, etc.).

Ages: 13+

Please note materials are not included in this cost. Students will be given a material list prior to the start of the class.


About the Instructor

BRUCE SIMPSON has been animating (traditional, 2-D Flash & stop motion), cartooning, designing games, storyboarding and writing for animation professionally for over 30 years. His clients have included The Art Gallery of Ontario, Disney, Hanna Barbara, MGM, Warner Bros., Film Roman, Nelvana, Amblin, The NHL, Fred Penner, TSR, Teletoon and The Cartoon Network. He’s created award winning independent films, seen worldwide at various film festivals including Annecy, OIAF and Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation. Personally, he has created HUNDREDS of animated shorts for kids’ shows including Prank Patrol, Mystery Hunters, Popular Mechanics For Kids and Finding Stuff Out. Also, Bruce has directed or co-directed a number of TV shows including Disney’s Jojo’s Circus, Life’s a Zoo and The Adventures of Napkin Man. Bruce’s feature film and television credits have included An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, Batman: The Animated Series, Jetson’s: The Movie, Rover Dangerfield & Thomas and the Magic Railroad.

Work Examples

Updates re: COVID-19

Last updated Monday, March 23, 7:00PM

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