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

Our student, Juliana R. talks about her experience in our class:

WHEN & WHERE:

CLASSES FOR YOUTH TO ADULT

*minimum requirement to enroll: AGE 10+

2024 SUMMER SEMESTER IN-PERSON CLASS

MONDAYS 4PM CLASS
June 10 – July 15, 2024
4:00-5:30pm

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

In-person classes are limited to 14 students per class and tend to fill up very quickly. Class includes the online Friday and Saturday sessions listed below in ‘class schedule includes.’

 

 

SUMMER 2024 CLASS SCHEDULE INCLUDES:

• MONDAYS Weekly Class – Animation Production Fundamentals
The summer semester is a six-week session, and the lessons will be different than what we teach in the Fall and Spring semesters. We will focus on the 12 Principles of Animation and use them to make some fun animations together. We will help you grow in your drawing skills so you can create better and faster animations. We will get into character animation and cover key frames, breakdowns, in-betweens, and smear frames. We will also animate visual effects like impact frames, explosions, fire, and lightning to make your character animations more interesting and exciting. This is a class experience that is relevant to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students alike.

• Intro to Animation – online class
Weekly Recorded Video Class released on Fridays –
Hands on, step-by-step animator training to compliment and support skill development together with our animation production classes. Weekly lessons released on 5 Fridays

• Three Live Q&As (question and answer sessions)
on Wednesdays or Fridays
4:00-5:30PM Mountain Time
(3pm Pacific / 5pm Central / 6pm Eastern)

• Online Voiceover Sessions:
Live Online Class on three Saturdays* –
Join other students and perform character roles together in a live recording session.
9:30-11:00 AM Mountain Time
(8:30am Pacific / 10:30am Central / 11:30am Eastern)
*voiceover sessions are not included with the late summer class

• 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.

 

SUMMER 2024 TUITION

$197 per student
(or two payments of $98.50)

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

Check out what this student said about her experience in our class:

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 – WHAT WILL I NEED FOR THIS CLASS?

Students will need the following to fully participate:

1) BLANK PAPER (a sketchbook is recommended), PENCILS, SHARPENER, and an ERASER.

2) A DIGITAL DEVICE TO DRAW, DESIGN, AND ANIMATE WITH
– ONE of the following:
• Desktop or laptop computer (Windows or Mac) – with a drawing tablet*
8MB RAM minimum is recommended for the apps to work well.
• iPad Pro – with an Apple Pencil. Apple Pencil ONLY works with the iPad Pro
• Touchscreen 
Chromebook – with a drawing stylus. 8MB RAM minimum is recommended for the apps to work well.
• Touchscreen Mobile Device – with a drawing stylus. Smart phone or tablet (older iPad, iPhone, Android, or Kindle Fire) with a drawing stylus: We recommend the Adonit Pro drawing stylus available on their website for $30 Also, right now the Adonit Mini 3 is available on clearance for $12. Test the RoughAnimator App on your mobile device to make sure that your device can support it. If RoughAnimator will not work well, other animation apps probably will not work on that device either.

*IMPORTANT NOTE about drawing tablets for Windows or Mac computers, either of the following options will work –
• Wacom drawing tablet – for Windows or Mac computers. You can find a good one on the Wacom website or on Amazon for approx $75 to $100. The Wacom Intuos S is a good starter tablet. Alternative options for drawing tablets include Cintiq, XP-Pen, Huion, and Gaomon.
• iPad Pro and Apple Pencil with Astro Pad Studio. If you already own an iPad Pro and a Windows or Mac computer, this is an alternative option to provide a drawing tablet that will allow you to use Windows and Mac only apps like Toon Boom Harmony, that do not run on an iPad or mobile device. With this option, you will not need to buy a Wacom drawing tablet.

3) ANIMATION APP – RoughAnimator ($6). 

We recommend every student have RoughAnimator installed on your device to follow along with live in-class demonstrations. We work primarily with RoughAnimator in our classes for many of our lessons and we will teach you how to use it. But in additional to RoughAnimator, you are welcome to use other animation apps for your assignments and projects if you already know how to use those apps. An optional student subscription to the industry standard animation software, Toon Boom Harmony will be available for a student materials fee. This software will ONLY work on a Windows or Mac computer, not on other electronic devices. We also have tutorials available to teach you how to use it.

We do not teach how to use the following apps but you are welcome to use them for your assignments and projects – Other recommendable industry standard 2D animation apps include: TV Paint, Clip Studio Paint EX, and Blender. Other recommendable iPad animation apps include Toon Squid, Callipeg, and Clip Studio Paint EX. The following animation apps are fun to use, but their features are too limited for many of our lessons: Krita, FireAlpaca, FlipaClip, Flipbook, and Pencil2D.

4) A SKETCHING APP FOR DRAWING, PAINTING, AND CONCEPTING IDEAS. The following apps will work for this purpose: Sketchbook app, Clip Studio Paint Pro or EX, Photoshop, ProCreate, or any of the following FREE apps: Krita, Ibis Paint, Medibang Paint, or Jump Paint.

5) A DIGITAL DEVICE WITH INTERNET ACCESS AND THE ZOOM APP installed to connect to and participate in our live online classes – it can be the same device used for #2 above, but it is often easier to follow along if these devices are separate.

 

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, students who are minors (under the age of 18) 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
student art by Dash M.
student art by Sterling H.

TO REGISTER

Complete steps ONE and TWO below

REGISTRATION STEP ONE

Complete and submit this form for each student you are registering:
6–AREAS OF INTEREST (check all that apply)(required)

7–DO YOU HAVE A COMPUTER OR LAPTOP AT HOME WHICH YOU CAN USE TO WORK ON PROJECTS FOR THIS CLASS?(required)

8–IS YOUR COMPUTER NEWER THAN SIX YEARS OLD?(required)

9–WHICH OPERATING SYSTEM DO YOU HAVE?(required)

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 (STEP TWO)

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