events: Fall animation classes, Quickdraw Animation Society, Calgary

Calgary’s Quickdraw Animation Society has released a list of fall 2010 courses they are offering:

COURSE: Intro to 2D Animation

Instructor: Brian Batista

Fee: $295 including GST QAS Members ($325 including GST non-members)
Dates: Ten Weeks, September 23rd, 2010 to November 25th, 2010

Thursday Evenings 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Location: Quickdraw Animation Society, 201 – 351 11 Avenue S.W. Calgary AB.

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Intro to 2D Animation gives you an inside look at how classical animation is produced, guiding students through the stages of development and production. Course outlines early animation devices, film and digital technology as well as introductions to a variety of techniques.
You will make a variety of animation toys, a flipbook, a morph, a bouncing ball and walk cycle to add to your portfolio.

Enrollment is limited – CALL 403-261-5767 to register!


COURSE: Quick-Kids Saturday Animation

Instructor: Jean-François Côté

Fee: $250.00 including GST Quick Kids Members ($300.00 including GST non-members – Quick Kids Membership is $30.00)

Dates: Ten Weeks, September 18, 2010 to December 4th, 2010

Saturday Mornings 9:00 AM – 12:00 NOON (No class Thanksgiving Weekend – October 10th and no class Oct 16th weekend)

Location: Quickdraw Animation Society, 201 – 351 11 Avenue S.W. Calgary AB.

Tired of the same ol’ Saturday Cartoons?  Make your own!  Spend Saturdays animating drawings, cutout characters and plasticine.  Each Quick-Kid makes their own short animated movie that is compiled onto a DVD–just like having your own mini film festival. Children 9-14 years old welcome.

Enrollment is limited – CALL 403-261-5767 to register!

COURSE: Experimental Animation

Instructor: David Ratzlaff

Fee: $295 including GST QAS Members ($325 including GST non-members)
Dates: Ten Weeks, September 21st, 2010 to November 23rd, 2010

Tuesday Evenings 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Location: Quickdraw Animation Society, 201 – 351 11 Avenue S.W. Calgary AB.

This course is designed for beginning and intermediate animators searching for personal artistic expression through the use of innovative techniques. Discover your voice in the world of animation and begin realizing your own visions in motion through detailed practical and conceptual explorations. Emphasis on experimentation with materials and taking risks. Class includes assignments, discussion, lectures, demonstrations and viewing materials from the QAS library.

Participants will learn valuable animation principals and experiment with technique such as under the camera collage, cut outs, paint on glass, sand, clay, puppets, cameraless,   TVPaint software and more.

Enrollment is limited – CALL 403-261-5767 to register!

Workshop: Stop Motion Puppet Construction Using Molding and Casting

Stop Motion Puppet Construction Using Molding and Casting

Two Week Workshop

Instructor: Mark Werklund

Fee: $120 QAS Members ($150 non-members) + Additional Supplies

Dates: November 12 (7-9), and 13th (12-5PM) and November 18th(7-9), 20-21st (10-4PM)

Mold making can seem like an alchemist’s game with its variety of materials to choose from and chemical compatibility issues between the mold and casting material. This course is designed for novice and intermediate mold-makers looking to produce a working stop motion puppet.  Molding and casting with flexible silicone offers two key benefits when creating puppets: Professional looking results and the ability to make exact, multiple copies.

In this course you’ll create a simple and durable wire armature, sculpt your own puppet (this may require some homework), create a two-part mold and finally cast your puppet (along with your armature).