ONLINE! Introduction to Autodesk Maya – Wednesdays

Arts Workshop

Workshop Details

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Hasali Baddewithana

A great introduction to animating in 3D! You’ll learn the interface as well as the tools and setup that you will need to start animating in Maya.

You will start by doing a simple bouncing ball animation. You will then move on to working with a bipedal (two legged) character, first doing simple poses and eventually working way up to a complete walk cycle.

By completion of this course you will have developed the skills and knowledge to move on to doing more complex 3D character animation.

Ages: 15+
Meets weekly on Wednesdays starting January 12th.


Questions? Email for more details!


Please note materials are not included in the cost of this workshop. This workshop requires Internet Access and will take place via Google Meetings/Hangouts. Sessions will be recorded and shared with students

  • Trial / Student license of Maya Autodesk (Student Licensing Available upon Registration. Must be installed prior to first class)
  • Bouncing ball rig (provided upon registration)
  • Bipedal character (provided upon registration)


About the Instructor

MIKE SHIELL have over 25 years’ experience working as a director, animation supervisor and animator. Shiell has directed and supervised a number of children’s shows including the Emmy awarding winning shows “The Backyardigans” and “Mike the Knight”.
Shiell created, wrote and directed the “MELON SHORTS”. Each short is based on one of my gag cartoons. The “MELON SHORTS” have appeared in numerous film festivals around the world and have won a number of awards. See them here:

Shiell is also an author and illustrator of children’s books and is happy to announce that the first book that he has both written and illustrated will be released by Kids Can Press in the spring of 2022.
In addition, Shiell is currently working with Shaftesbury Films and Smiley Guy studios on an animated series based on the “Stinky Science” books written by Edward Kay, illustrated by Mike Shiell and published by Kids Can Press. More details on both of these fun projects COMING SOON!

Here are some more places where Shiell’s work has appeared: National Lampoon, American Bystander, Kids Can Press, Reader’s Digest, GoComics/Universal Press Syndicate, Nelvana, Cartoon Collections, Nimble Collective, Saturday Evening Post, Prospect Magazine (UK), Phoenix Magazine (IRL) The Oldie (UK), Nickelodeon, BBC, Funny Times Magazine, Spider Magazine, Oatmeal Greetings, HIT Entertainment, CBS News, NobleWorks Greetings, Lucas Arts, Hallmark and King Features to name a few.

Work Examples