Video of student work from previous classes:

MOVE FORWARD IN YOUR CREATIVE CALLING >>

• CREATE digital cartoons
• DESIGN and VOICE original characters
• WRITE original scripts
• COLLABORATE with other students
• BUILD a creative career that you love

INCLUDES

• Weekly classes
• Contribute to student projects as an animator, character designer, background artist, script writer, or voice actor
• Participate in live online voiceover performance sessions
• Interact with other students in our online community
• Get support during the week when needed

Video of more student work from previous classes:

THE ANIMATION YOUTH TO ADULT MENTORSHIP

When I was in my teen years, I dreamed of 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 young adults are experiencing that same frustration. Industry standard art schools are far away and cost prohibitive. Online training provides no real sense of a community that we can truly belong to. This is why I have created the Animation Production College-Age and Young Adult Mentorship.

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.

____________________________
Nathan Fisher
Animation Mentorship Teacher

The Animation Youth to Adult Mentorship focuses on establishing students in the fundamentals necessary for them to create their own animated stories and for them to be skilled enough to participate in animated productions with other students and artists. What we teach in this class is essential, even for students who have some experience making their own animations. You will learn about the animation production process and the different skills that work together to make an animated story come to life: character design, scriptwriting, storyboarding, animation, gesture drawing, and more.

The content we will cover in this class has made the process of making an animated scene so much easier. This has been very helpful for even our advanced students who had been drawing for ten years and already had some animation experience. This is really important, even for self-taught animators who have never learned these core techniques and principles while they were figuring out how to animate. Several of the Animation Group’s best artists who started this class with advanced experience told me that the Fundamentals class gave them their biggest breakthroughs in skill development with the animation production process. This is a class experience that is relevant to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students alike.

WHEN & WHERE:

ONLINE CLASSES FOR YOUTH TO ADULT

*minimum requirement to enroll: AGE 10+

2023 SPRING SEMESTER
NOW OPEN TO REGISTER
Class includes the Friday and Saturday sessions listed below in ‘class schedule includes’

CLASS OPTION

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE CLASS 
January 25 – May 3, 2023
Spring break: No class the week of 3/15)

LOCATION
ONLINE

 

CLASS SCHEDULE INCLUDES:

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE Weekly Class – Animation Production Fundamentals
Weekly Recorded Video Class released each Wednesday
January 25 – May 3, 2023
Spring break: No class the week of 3/15
These classes will be video recorded from our live classes and made available each Wednesday from January 25 – May 3, 2023, with a break the week of 3/15. Follow along with the video lessons at the time and day of the week that best works for your schedule. Post your assignments each week in our student portal for help and feedback on your work. This class focuses on establishing students in the fundamentals necessary for them to create their own animated stories and for them to be skilled enough to participate in animated productions with other students and artists. What we teach in this class is essential, even for students who have some experience making their own animations. You will learn about the animation production process and the different skills that work together to make an animated story come to life: character design, scriptwriting, storyboarding, animation, gesture drawing, and more. The content we will cover in this class has made the process of making an animated scene so much easier. This has been very helpful for even our advanced students who had been drawing for ten years and already had some animation experience. This is really important, even for self-taught animators who have never learned these core techniques and principles while they were figuring out how to animate. Several of the Animation Group’s best artists who started this class with advanced experience told me that the Fundamentals class gave them their biggest breakthroughs in skill development with the animation production process. This is a class experience that is relevant to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students alike. Also, you will have the opportunity to receive guidance on how to build a creative career from an experienced mentor who has worked and made a living in the arts for more than 25 years.

• FRIDAYS Intro to Animation Online Class
Live Q&As: 4:00-5:30PM Mountain Time
(3pm Pacific / 5pm Central / 6pm Eastern)
Hands on, step-by-step animator training to compliment skill development with our animation production classes. Weekly lessons released on 14 Fridays + 7 live Q&A question and answer sessions. All students qualify for Intro to Animation Levels 1-3. Students who complete all 14 lessons and the required assignments can qualify for our Mastering Animation Live Class.
Q&A DATES: 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5

• SATURDAYS Online Voiceover Recording Sessions:
9:30-11:00 AM Mountain Time
(8:30am Pacific / 10:30am Central / 11:30am Eastern)*
Join other students and perform character roles together in a live recording session.
DATES: 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29

DAILY Community Interaction and Support
Connect with other students, build friendships, and work together on projects. Receive help and support any day of the week through our safe, private online community.

 

TUITION FOR FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE ONLINE CLASSES:
$295 per student
(or five payments of $59)

To participate in this program, the student (and the parent/legal guardian if you are under the age of 18) is entering into the following contractual agreement

IN-PERSON CLASSES FOR YOUTH TO ADULT

*minimum requirement to enroll: AGE 10+

2023 SPRING SEMESTER

CLASS OPTION

MONDAYS 4PM CLASS
January 23 – May 1, 2023

4:00-5:30pm
Spring break: No class on 3/13
In-person classes are limited to 12 students per class and tend to fill up very quickly. Class includes the online Friday and Saturday sessions listed below in ‘class schedule includes.’

 

 

LOCATION
Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

 

CLASS SCHEDULE INCLUDES:
MONDAYS Weekly In-Person Class – Animation Production Fundamentals
This class focuses on establishing students in the fundamentals necessary for them to create their own animated stories and for them to be skilled enough to participate in animated productions with other students and artists. What we teach in this class is essential, even for students who have some experience making their own animations. You will learn about the animation production process and the different skills that work together to make an animated story come to life: character design, scriptwriting, storyboarding, animation, gesture drawing, and more. The content we will cover in this class has made the process of making an animated scene so much easier. This has been very helpful for even our advanced students who had been drawing for ten years and already had some animation experience. This is really important, even for self-taught animators who have never learned these core techniques and principles while they were figuring out how to animate. Several of the Animation Group’s best artists who started this class with advanced experience told me that the Fundamentals class gave them their biggest breakthroughs in skill development with the animation production process. This is a class experience that is relevant to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students alike. Also, you will have the opportunity to receive guidance on how to build a creative career from an experienced mentor who has worked and made a living in the arts for more than 25 years.

• FRIDAYS Intro to Animation Online Class
Live Q&As: 4:00-5:30PM Mountain Time
(3pm Pacific / 5pm Central / 6pm Eastern)
Hands on, step-by-step animator training to compliment skill development with our animation production classes. Weekly lessons released on 14 Fridays + 7 live Q&A question and answer sessions. All students qualify for Intro to Animation Levels 1-3. Students who complete all 14 lessons and the required assignments can qualify for our Mastering Animation Live Class.
Q&A DATES: 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5

• SATURDAYS Online Voiceover Recording Sessions:
9:30-11:00 AM Mountain Time
(8:30am Pacific / 10:30am Central / 11:30am Eastern)*
Join other students and perform character roles together in a live recording session.
DATES: 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29

DAILY Online Community Interaction and Support
Connect with other students, build friendships, and work together on projects. Receive help and support any day of the week through our safe, private online community.

 

TUITION (IN-PERSON):
$420 per student
(or three payments of $140)

To participate in this program, the student (and the parent/legal guardian if you are under the age of 18) is entering into the following contractual agreement

student art by Bailee G (Taro)
student art by Rachel K.
student art by Yaidys F.

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) Purchasing the Sketchbook App for their computer, iPad, Android Tablet and even their iPhone or Android Smartphone. Other drawing apps are also welcome to use in this class like Clip Studio Paint, Photoshop, ProCreate, or any of the following free apps: Krita, Ibis Paint, Medibang Paint, or Jump Paint.
2) Owning a Wacom Drawing Tablet to use with their Windows or Mac computer – OR – a drawing stylus to use with their tablet, phone, or mobile device:
• For laptop or desktop computers (Windows or Mac): 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. We recommend the Wacom Intuos S which is a good, affordable tablet to start with.
• For iPad Pro: we recommend the Apple Pencil drawing stylus. Apple Pencil ONLY works with the iPad Pro.
• For all other touchscreen devices: including iPad, Android Tablet, Android Smartphone, iPhone, or a touchscreen Chromebook, we recommend the Adonit Pro drawing stylus. The Adonit Mini 3 was recently on sale and may still be available on clearance for $12

**FOR THE ANIMATOR ROLE ONLY (most recommended setup):
to participate in the animator role, it is 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 access to a computer at home. We recommend a minimum of 8MB RAM for the apps to work well. Chromebooks are NOT capable of running some of the animation apps we use, for example Toon Boom Harmony, so I recommend a Windows or Mac computer.
2) An optional student subscription to the industry standard animation software, Toon Boom Harmony will be available for purchase. This software will ONLY work on a Windows or Mac computer, not on other electronic devices.
3) Rough Animator app ($5). Working with both animation apps is helpful. Also we work primarily with Rough Animator in our Intro to Animation classes.
4) 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. We recommend the Wacom Intuos S.
5) The Sketchbook App for drawing, painting, and concepting ideas. The following apps will also work for this purpose: Clip Studio Paint, Photoshop, ProCreate, or any of the following free apps: Krita, Ibis Paint, Medibang Paint, or Jump Paint.

**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), Android (tablet, phone, or Kindle Fire), or a touchscreen Chromebook. For this option to work, you will need the following:
1) Drawing stylus such as Adonit Pro for all touch screen devices or Apple Pencil for iPad Pro
2) Rough Animator app ($5)
3) Sketchbook app for mobile (for drawing, painting, and concepting ideas).

PLEASE NOTE:
• NO refunds will be available for missed classes or for classes already attended.
• NO makeups will be available for missed classes, but each ONLINE class session will have a recorded replay video available. These recordings will also be available to IN-PERSON classes.
• Some IN-PERSON class sessions will NOT have replay videos available. If the same lesson was taught in one of the online classes, the replay for that class will be made available to IN-PERSON students.
• For all IN-PERSON classes, minors must be picked up promptly at the class end time. We will not be able to supervise students after the class ends.

student art by Kathrine P.
student art by @Shishirisu

TO REGISTER (FOR ONLINE CLASSES)

TUITION FOR FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE CLASSES:
$295 per student
(or five payments of $59)

To participate in this program, the student (and the parent/legal guardian if you are under the age of 18) is entering into the following contractual agreement

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

TO REGISTER (FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES)

TUITION FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES:
$420 per student
(or three payments of $140)

To participate in this program, the student (and the parent/legal guardian if you are under the age of 18) is entering into the following contractual agreement

Payments for IN-PERSON classes will be handled by The Cottonwood Center For The Arts. Select the option you are registering for:

IN-PERSON CLASS : Monday 4PM
IN-PERSON CLASS : Monday 4PM

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.

“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.

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

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