Drawing for Animators Summer Workshops

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Learn from leaders in animation education and let them help you produce a competitive portfolio and enhance your drawing skills.

The workshop includes four modules: Life Drawing, Perspective Drawing, Character Design, and Storyboarding.


Week 1: Life Drawing | July 7-10

Topics include: basic human anatomy, proportion, silhouette, positive and negative space, overlapping forms, perspective in the figure, movement, gesture, form, solidity and line quality.

Instructor: Mark Thurman

Over a 40-year career, Mark Thurman has written and illustrated 20 books and designed and illustrated more than 25 books for other authors. As an author/ illustrator, he’s toured Canada extensively, sharing his stories and ideas with children and teachers in hundreds of schools.


Week 2: Perspective Drawing | July 14-17

Topics include: geometric forms (cubes, cylinders and spheres), drawing through objects, one point and two point perspective and composition.

Instructor: Scott Caple

Scott Caple has been working in the animation industry for 30 plus years, as a character and environment designer, layout and story artist on features and television projects. Titles include Horton Hears a Who (Blue Sky Studios), The Incredibles and Cars (Pixar Animation Studios). Scott has also worked on effects animation for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan an E.T. The Extraterrestrial.


Week 3: Character Design | July 21-24

Topics include: character construction, shapes and their meaning, proportion, perspective, line of action, expressive posing, balance, costume and props, line quality and facial expression.

Instructor: Peter Emslie

Peter Emslie is a career cartoonist and caricaturist, always with a bent towards humorous illustration. His work may be seen in many children’s books for Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Rankin-Bass and Random House.


Week 4: Storyboarding | July 28-31

Topics include: simple film grammar (long shot, close up, etc.), staging, crossing the axis, posing characters, drawing characters on model, use of setting, description and dialogue.

Instructor: James Caswell

James Caswell operates a freelance production service doing animation and live action/ effects design with an emphasis on storyboards, both traditional and digital. His clients include Nelvana / Corus, Cuppa Coffee Animation and Walt Disney Television Animation.



These workshops can be taken separately or in a combination of your choice.

Age minimum: 16 years
Cost: $275 per (20 hour week) module

To register visit: tickets.sheridancollege.ca Select: “Venue” from the drop-down menu Select: “Drawing for Animators” as the venue or call +1(905)815-4049

4 Comments on “Drawing for Animators Summer Workshops

  1. Hi,
    When will this summer program, Drawing for Animators, open up (go live) online in 2018 for us to register…or do we register in September 2017 at some point? I really don’t want to miss the first day so that I can get a spot. Any information would be hugely appreciated.

  2. Will these courses, or anything similar be offered in the summer of 2019? My grade 11 daughter is very interested in Sheridan College, and this would be an excellent opportunity for her to experience the school.

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