Video of previous student work:

CREATE ANIMATED STORIES & BE A PART OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

• LEARN to create digital cartoons
• DESIGN your own characters
• ACT as the voice of your characters
• WRITE your own scripts
• COLLABORATE to produce animated stories

THE STORY THAT CREATED THIS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

When I was teenager, I dreamed of having a place where I could grow in the art and creative expressions that were inside of me. I loved movies, cartoons, Hollywood and artistic media. I loved to draw and experiment with cartoon animation. I wanted someone to show me how I could get really good at it. I wanted a community I could be a part of that would affirm and encourage who I am as a creative person. The problem was that none existed that was either affordable or accessible to me. Eventually, I enrolled in an expensive art school that failed to provide any lasting community to support me on my journey.

Today, creative youth are experiencing that same frustration. I discovered this first hand as a public school art teacher. Many of our in-school art programs are restrictive and limited to academic requirements that do not allow artistic students to truly explore their creative interests and ambitions. Today’s students are inspired by their heroes and the pop-culture stories that they have come to love and respect. This is why I have created the Animation Production Group After School classes.

This is a place where students who love animation, digital media, or pop-culture art can grow in the skills and expressions that they dream of mastering. Students in this program have told me that not only do they love what they learn in these classes, but also that they love to come because it is a safe place from the stresses and pressures of life, and that it provides a peaceful atmosphere where they can relax and enjoy their creative gifts, and enjoy the company of others who share that same passion. They tell me it’s the best 90 minutes of their week!

Artists need mentors and friends who share their passion and will walk with them as they pursue their creative passions. We invite you to register below and join us for this purpose.

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Nathan Fisher
Animation Group Teacher

WHEN & WHERE:

1:30PM MONDAY OPTION
Mondays, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
(MDT Mountain Daylight Time)
June 8th – July 13th, 2020
6 classes

ONLINE (Zoom classes & voiceover sessions)

4PM THURSDAY OPTION
Thursdays, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
(MDT Mountain Daylight Time)
June 11th – July 16th, 2020
6 classes

ONLINE (Zoom classes & voiceover sessions)

5PM MONDAY OPTION
(this class is FULL)

Mondays, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
(MDT Mountain Daylight Time)
June 8th – July 13th, 2020
6 classes

ONLINE (Zoom classes & voiceover sessions)

6:30PM THURSDAY OPTION
Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
(MDT Mountain Daylight Time)
June 11th – July 16th, 2020
6 classes

ONLINE (Zoom classes & voiceover sessions)

INCLUDES

• Weekly classes
• Students may choose their path of interest: animator, character designer, background and prop artist, voiceover actor, or script writer
• Students may also choose more than one path of interest
• Online voiceover recordings
• Additional access to the teacher during the week through online support

student made character and walk cycle animation

AFFORDABLE FOR EVERY STUDENT:

To learn animation at an art school, tuition expenses tend to range between $600 for a six week class up to $43,000 per year or more. But this animation class will only cost $79 per month. Very inexpensive in comparison! It’s a great place to start learning these skills, and it will give you a head start if you plan on saving up to attend an expensive art school in the future.

SPACE IS LIMITED

student-made character design and composite for animation

WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING

“I loved the knowledge of the animation programs that I learned. A huge benefit was the community feel. It’s a wonderful place to come and explore your passion, or just laugh with some new friends. This class was much better than online videos that have no structure or new material. It was a wonderful experience. I wish I had more time to explain how much I admire this class. It perfectly combines a friendly environment, allowing everyone to learn at their own pace and enough challenge to keep me engaged.”
– S.H.

“I learned how to make my drawings more loose and alive. I liked how I got to interact with others in this course. All I ask is that we get to do this more often during the week. Compared to other classes I have taken, I got to get more in touch with my character design and improve on it. I loved this class and the people involved. I’m so happy I joined and cannot wait for next semester. My passion to draw has increase 100 times!”
– A.H.

“The class experience was awesome!!! Before this class I used to lock myself in my room and try to learn off the internet. This class is better!! I got to work with cool people and I love the method of art teaching.”
– M.S.

“This class exceeded my expectations. I only wish it was longer and more often. It’s great to be able to come together with other artists and see their different styles. I loved this class and am excited to come back for the next one!”
– E.P.

“My art really improved. This class was much higher in quality than all the other art classes I have taken before. I love that it is a space where I am free to explore the subjects and styles that I am interested in drawing. This class was worth every penny. I made good friends and good art. The lessons were good and I am learning to animate.”
– H.H.

“Coming to this class was better than Udemy’s drawing class.”
– J.O.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The following roles DO NOT REQUIRE ownership of any tech, computer, or equipment: CHARACTER DESIGNER, BACKGROUND ARTIST, VOICEOVER ACTOR, or SCRIPTWRITER**. It is possible to learn and accomplish a lot in this class using nothing more than a pencil and paper. However, if your student does have a Windows or Mac laptop computer, iPad, or Android Tablet available, we encourage them to bring those items with them to class.

FOR CHARACTER DESIGNERS and BACKGROUND ARTISTS who do have a computer, tablet, or other electronic device available to them, we recommend:
1) Installing the FREE student version of Autodesk Sketchbook on their computer, iPad, Android Tablet and even their iPhone or Android Smartphone.
2) Owning a Wacom Drawing Tablet or drawing stylus to use with their computer or electronic device:
• For laptop or desktop computers: there is no better option than a Wacom Drawing Tablet – Click here for info. You can find a good one on Amazon for approx $75 to $100.
• For iPad Pro: we recommend the Apple Pencil drawing stylus. Apple Pencil only works with the iPad Pro and not any other device.
• For all other touchscreen devices: including iPad, Android Tablet, Android Smartphone, or iPhone, we recommend the Adonit Pro3 Drawing Stylus

**FOR THE ANIMATOR ROLE ONLY (most recommended setup):
to participate in the animator role, it is highly recommended that your student have access to, or invest in the following four items:
1) A desktop or laptop computer (Windows or Mac) at home that they can practice with. It is best if they have a laptop they can bring to class, but at bare minimum they need to be able to have access to a computer at home. Google Chromebooks are NOT capable of running the animation or drawing software applications that we use in this class, so the computer must be Windows or Mac.
2) Their own subscription to the animation software we will be using ($6 per month). This software will ONLY work on a Windows or Mac computer and not on any other electronic device.
3) Their own Wacom drawing tablet to use at home and/or in class with their computer. Click here for info. You can find a good one on Amazon for approx $75 to $100. I also recommend the Wacom Intuos S.
4) Installing the FREE student version of Autodesk Sketchbook on their computer.

**FOR ANIMATORS WHO CANNOT AFFORD ACCESS TO A COMPUTER AT THIS TIME:
If students are not in a position to afford access to a Windows or Mac computer, it is still possible to learn and practice the principles of animation in this class with other digital devices: Apple iOS (iPad or iPhone) or Android (tablet, phone, or Kindle Fire). For this option to work, you will need the following:
1) Drawing stylus such as Adonit Pro for all touch screen devices ($29 at Target) or Apple Pencil for iPad Pro
2) Rough Animator app ($5)
3) Autodesk Sketchbook app (free)

PLEASE NOTE:
• Makeups will not be available for missed classes. Each online class session will have a recorded replay video available, but on-site classes will NOT offer any recorded replay videos.
• No refunds will be available for missed classes or for classes already attended
• For all on-site classes (this does not pertain to online classes), students must be picked up promptly at the class end time, or you may sign a waiver to give your student permission to wait in the Library until you are able to come pick them up. Library will remain open until 9:00 pm, but we will not be able to supervise them after the class ends.

student-made character design and background composite for animation

TO REGISTER

To register, complete steps ONE and TWO below


STEP ONE

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STEP TWO

Select your class option below, then submit your payment for each student you are registering:

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WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“Mr. Fisher, You are such a wonderful teacher, encourager and inspiration to my daughter. Thank you for believing in her and helping her excel. We both appreciate your influence in her life.”
– Parent of 7th grade student

“Thank you, Mr. Fisher! My son has loved your class! Thanks for all your effort that you put forth into an encouraging and positive experience for the kids!”
– Parent of 8th grade student

“Mr. Fisher, Thank you for setting this up. I appreciate being able to see what she has done. She has enjoyed your class.”
– Parent of 8th grade student

“Thank you so much for being such a great teacher. My daughter has truly enjoyed being in your class and will miss you.”
– Parent of 7th grade student

“Your work is not unnoticed. Thank you for all your efforts and support.”
– Parent of 6th grade student

“Mr. Fisher – My husband and I just wanted to thank you for all the work you have done with the students. I am sure they have learned a great deal.”
– Parents of 6th and 8th grade students

“Thanks for all your hard work on this!”
– Parent of 10th grade student

“Thank you for the great work this year. We appreciate you!”
– Parent of 9th grade student

“Thanks Mr. Fisher…it seems like my son really enjoyed your class and he learned more than usual. Great job!”
– Parent of 8th grade student

“They loved it. Thanks again for everything you do for our young ones.”
– Parent of two 6th grade students

SPACE IS LIMITED

MORE OF WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING

“This class was a good experience. I was happy with the pace I was learning. My anatomy drawing has gotten better. I liked having a place to work on art with friends and get feedback from other artists.”
– A.A.

“This class made me better at drawing in the style I want to draw in. I loved drawing with cool people. I felt challenged and made good progress in my skill development. I liked that it did not feel like an art class at my school. I was not forced into a box and was not restricted to an academic curriculum. I was given the freedom to pursue my passion, creative interests, and artistic style. I was able to accomplish a lot and work with some really great people.”
– K.D.

“I have improved a lot in character design and animation. I am learning so much from this class and I love it!”
– K.H.

“I loved how this class created a positive space for me to draw, create, and work on projects that I am interested in and excited to do. I enjoyed designing concepts and characters. I also learned how to develop a character properly.”
– C.O.

“The best parts of this class for me were character and story creating and also ‘real-life’ collaborating with teammates on an animation. I also loved your teaching!”
– R.R..

“I was grateful for the community, help, and support of everyone here. Thank you for so many character design and animation tips.”
– M.B.

“I will miss being in your class and thank you for helping me in my journey to an art college and art career.“
– 8th grade student

“Thank you for being a role model and an inspiration to me.”
– 7th grade student

“You have supported me throughout the year. I have thoroughly enjoyed art with you. You are the best.”
– 6th grade student

“You were a wonderful teacher and taught art in a very memorable way!”
– 7th grade student

“Character design has improved my drawings!”
– 9th grade student

“I’m going to miss having you for my art and animation teacher. You have made my love for art grow.”
– 7th grade student

“Thanks for showing me new forms of art. I have learned a lot from your class.”
– 8th grade student

“Thanks for making me better at concept art.”
– 7th grade student

“You are so inspiring and encouraging to me all the time!”
– 6th grade student

“I loved going to your class, wished it was everyday.”
– 7th grade student

“You are an amazing teacher. Thank you for all of your encouragement. You have inspired me to do more in art.”
– 7th grade student

“I enjoyed your class the most!”
– 8th grade student

“Thank you so much for teaching us all of that cool stuff and for being a great teacher!”
– 8th grade student

“Your class was the highlight of my day!”
– 7th grade student

“Thank you for being such an amazing teacher, giving me advice and making me more confident in my work.”
– 10th grade student

“Thank you for teaching me new art stuff.”
– 6th grade student

“Thank you for being an awesome art teacher. I learned a lot in your class. It was a blast.”
– 8th grade student

“Thank you for being the best teacher ever and improving my art.”
– 7th grade student

“Thank you for teaching me how to draw stuff that I could not draw.”
– 6th grade student

“Thank you for the great art class. I had a lot of fun in your class.”
– 8th grade student

“I have learned so much from your class.”
– 8th grade student

“Thank you for the awesome projects you let us do this year.”
– 7th grade student

“This was the best art class I have ever taken. Thanks so much.”
– 6th grade student

“Thank you for teaching me new art skills and for believing in me!
– 7th grade student

“You helped me find my talent.”
– 6th grade student

“Thank you for teaching me to do different ways of art. I’ve learned so much. I’ll miss you as a teacher.”
– 7th grade student

“Thank you! You have been a great teacher.”
– 9th grade student

“Thanks a lot for having me in this class! I’ve really enjoyed it. I loved learning how to use the drawing and animation software that you taught us here.”
– R.M.

“I liked learning how to use the drawing and animation software. These tools will be really helpful. I also liked the class environment and being able to advance so much in animation. Thank you for the help and for everything. I am so thankful for this class.”
– A.N.

“I really enjoyed animating in this class! I was able to work among friends rather than alone at home. I also enjoy being able to share my work and receive feedback! (Cuz I can’t at home that much).”
– A.A.

“I love the people in this class, and doing comedic scripts. I also liked performing voiceovers with my classmates.”
– K.F.

“What I really like about this class is that it doesn’t stress me out like the rest of my life does. Instead it provides a peaceful place where I can enjoy my creativity and take a break from the stresses and pressures that I face at home and school. This also makes it so easy to learn something every time I come. Thank you, Mr. Fisher!”
– O.R.

“My favorite things about this class are the work environment, the live character design lessons, the friends I made, the different art techniques/styles, and my teacher!”
– G.N.

“I had so much fun at the Character Design class.”
– 7th grade student

“Thank you for teaching me about one-point perspective and facial proportions.”
– 6th grade student

“Thank you for being such an amazing teacher! I absolutely loved your class!”
– 7th grade student

“Thank you for everything you’ve done! I appreciate it a lot! You were one of my favorite teachers.”
– 6th grade student

“I had a total blast in your class. I learned so much. Thank you.”
– 8th grade student

“You rock as a teacher! You always make the day better, not to mention art!”
– 7th grade student

“You taught us so much! Can’t wait to be in your next class!”
– 6th grade student

“Thank you for helping me. You had my art improve and I’m very thankful for that. Thank you for believing in me that I can get to my dream.”
– 7th grade student

“Thank you for all that you have done.”
– 7th grade student

“I want to thank you for all the art techniques you taught me!!! I really appreciate how patient and awesome you are!!!”
– 6th grade student

“Thanks for being such a good art teacher. I loved the fun things we got to do.”
– 6th grade student

“You have allowed us to take art to a new level and have made art class fun again! This semester has been amazing and I will always remember you! Thank you!”
– 8th grade student

“Thank you for teaching me my favorite subject, and also for making it fun.”
– 7th grade student

“We’ll miss you so much. Mr. Fisher, never stop doing art because you inspire us.”
– 7th grade student

“I’ve learned so much from you and I’m glad I’ve found my art style in your class.”
– 7th grade student

“Thanks for making art fun for me!”
– 7th grade student

“Mr. Fisher, I had a lot of fun in Animation Production Group.”
– 7th grade student

“You have taught me so much. Thank you for a wonderful year!
– 7th grade student

“Thank you for everything you have done for me.”
– 7th grade student

“Mr. Fisher, thank you for two years of amazing fun. Thank you for teaching me so many new things. I will miss you.”
– 7th grade student

“Thanks for all the amazing after school classes.”
– 7th grade student

“Thank you for teaching me so much about art and we will all miss you dearly.”
– 7th grade student

“You always would push me to try new things. My art was graceful because of you.”
– 7th grade student

“You taught me that I can paint the Galaxy. Thank you for being an amazing teacher.”
– 7th grade student

“You helped us even when you were busy.”
– 7th grade student

“You have changed my perspective of art forever. Thank you.”
– 7th grade student

SPACE IS LIMITED

QUESTIONS

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about this class or about the Animation Group After School Program. Please contact us by email or phone:

EMAIL: submit a question on our contact page
PHONE: 719.357.7780