Having both a degree in Film Animation from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and an Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia, I get asked to teach a lot of animation workshops around the world at various film festivals, conferences, museums and galleries. Back in the mid to late 2000's, I used to teach post secondary classical animation courses part and full time at the Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna, BC for over 4 years. I even created an entire classical animation diploma program while I was there. In 2005, I even taught high school computer animation for a year.
These days I don't teach on a regular basis anymore but rather I focus most of my time on just animation, documentary and commercial production. Although I found that I can still maintain my love of teaching others animation by conducting solo animation workshops. By conducting animation workshops that last from a few hours or day long, I can still teach but I'm not committed to teaching classes every week. Therefore, I have the flexibility to choose the age, location and dates I want to teach which works out great with my busy production schedules.
Recently, I've been invited to Białystok, Poland to teach a four day animation workshop as part of the ZUBROFFKA International Short Film Festival. The festival takes place from December 3 to 7, 2014. I've never been to Poland so I'm excited to get a chance to travel there in a few months and work with students at their festival.
The great thing about being able to teach workshops is that I get to travel the world to various film festivals for free. As well, most festivals offer an honorarium and per diem. This is one of the coolest perks of being a filmmaker who is also an educator, it's a great way to see the world, meet new people, and teach people the joys of creating animation!
(Here I'm teaching a class on how to animate a bouncing ball which encompasses many different principles of animation)
Here's a list of 12 principles of animation that I usually teach as part of my animation workshops:
3. Straight ahead action and pose to pose
4. Follow through and overlapping action
5. Slow in and slow out
6. Squash and stretch
8. Secondary action
11. Solid drawing
Here's a 'how to' video I created about how to animate using sticky notes...like I do in some of my films! Please subscribe and buzz to see more of my upcoming films and read new blog posts!