2D Animation

Bring your artwork to life through traditional and stop-motion animation. Create your own 2D animations using original drawings and build vivid digital environments and characters using Adobe software. You will be introduced to fundamental animation principles and learn to observe and analyze movement in everyday life. Learn to consider timing, mass & volume, matter and rhythm towards creating realistic animated motion. Through hands-on exercises, you will gain experience with stop-motion and computer animation techniques and workflows, and create short films for your portfolio.

The 2D Animation studio runs online July 5-30, 2021, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9am-4pm (Pacific Daylight Time, GMT -7). This studio is offered through the Summer Institute for Teens 2021. Please visit the Summer Institute for Teens main page to learn more about the program and download the registration forms.

Learning outcomes

Through successful completion of this studio, you will be able to:

  • Employ professional vocabulary related to animation techniques and principles
  • Identify, describe and explain genres of traditional and digital animation
  • Develop the creative process of conceptualizing and translating ideas to moving image projects
  • Produce 2D animations through traditional and digital processes
  • Assess animated works critically and engage in peer critique processes
  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to complex production challenges

Materials & Resources

Students participating in SIT will be required to have their own access to the required hardware and supplies for their registered studio.

Estimate cost of supplies: $90-$100

Required software:

Required hardware:

  • Tablet or a smartphone to download and run Cateater.
  • Computer with webcam. Computers should meet the following minimum requirements to run Adobe Animate.
  • Headphones and microphone
  • Recommended: Graphic tablet (Wacom, Huion) to create hand-drawn illustrations directly in Adobe Animate. Students may also use their iPads or tablets if they install Duet Display or Astropad.

About the instructors

Jody Kramer, Stop Motion Animation

Jody Kramer is an award-winning animator whose films have been screened at festivals worldwide. She has worked on films with the National Film Board of Canada as well as on independent pieces with prominent Canadian directors. She currently teaches stop-motion animation workshops with her local library as well as with the Continuing Studies department at the Emily Carr University, and is finishing up a short, independent, and not very pretty animation about rats.

Darren Brereton, Digital Animation

Darren Brereton has worked for a variety of Canadian and international animation studios (NFB; Disney- Paris & Vancouver; Cinar; Bardel; DHX; Atomic; etc.) as an animator, in storyboarding, direction, layout, posing, and special effects animation. An honours graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Animation and Sound Design, he is a hard-working animator, instructor, and fan of all things relating to character-driven animation. An excellent critic of script writing, boarding, layouts, timing, editing, sound design, and all other aspects of animation production, he can coax the best out of fledgling animators and students. He is also a keen observationalist, especially of the happy accidents in day-to-day life, as well as a prolific cyclist and seasonal softball player.