ONLINE! Animation Basics for Skill Enhancement

Arts Workshop

Workshop Details

June Yim 4th year film bg concept_hospital_inside smlThe Animation Basics for Skill Enhancement workshop is led by instructor Bryce Hallett. This workshop will introduce techniques for 2D hand-drawn animation that can later be applied to any animation medium down the road. This intuitive 2D animation course will begin with simple but important concepts like timing, spacing, squash and stretch, animating arcs, walk cycles along with insights into aspects of the Animation Industry of today. The course is focused on providing a quick introduction to the practical tools and techniques for personal use or for sharing this knowledge with others. 

This half day workshop is ideal for anyone who wants a quick introduction to animation, and the ability to pass these skills onto others. Open to all with an interest in learning these skills in a half day course as well as teachers, parents, camp counsellors, and those looking to share these skills with others.


The 3-hour-workshop will cover the process of developing an animation and an overview of their different forms. With enough interest, topics on how to prepare activities for teaching and classwork evaluation will also be covered. 

Two sessions are available. Thursday, May 26th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm EST &  Thursday, June 9th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm EST via Google Meets. This workshop is aimed at individuals ages 18 and older.

Questions? Email for more details!


This workshop requires Internet Access and will take place via Google Hangouts. Students can work traditionally or digitally!


  • Pencils (Optional: Col-Erase Pencils)
  • Animation Paper
  • Animation Pegbar
  • Light pad or tablet
  • Animation Software for Pencil Tests (examples: Rough Animator, Stop Motion Studio, Monkey Jam, FlipaClip, or other software of choice)
  • Tripod & camera


  • Digital Drawing Tablet (iPad, Wacom, Huion, etc.)
  • Animation Software (Toon Boom Harmony, Animate CC, Moho, Pencil 2D, Clip Studio Paint, Stop Motion Studio, FlipBook, Opentoonz or any other 2D animation software)
  • **Students will be expected t already be familiar with the tablet & program they will be utilizing for this workshop

A more detailed list of these materials will be provided to those who register for the class.


About the Instructor

Bryce Hallet is the instructor for Max the Mutt's online 2D animation course available online

BRYCE HALLETT is a Toronto based independent animator with over 20 years of experience. He is a graduate of Classical Animation at Sheridan College, Graphic design at Canadore College and studied Film and TV production at Humber College. His freelance career spans the gamut of creating animation and motion graphics for documentaries, Tv commercials, educational films, sketch comedy, music videos and the odd video game App. In addition to animating he enjoys sharing his expertise teaching courses and workshops at various institutions including The Toronto Animated Image Society, Teletoon, Sheridan College, Seneca College and OCAD University.

 He is the illustrator of the book “ Animation Unleashed: 100 Principles Every Animator, Comic Book Writer, Filmmaker, Video Artist and Game Developer Should Know”, written by Ellen Besen. Currently they are working on the second edition expected out some time next year.

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