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Lesson Plans

Re: animation

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Tue, 29 Oct 1996 13:52:56 -0500

Yes, we have offered animation for the past five years. In fact two of our
former students now work for Disney and Warner Bros.

We teach the traditional film style of production in hopes our students will
develop the commercial techniques necessary to find employment. Our
curriculum was developed by working with representatives from the major
studios. All of the studios have vaults of material they have developed to
teach their artists, and we have been fortunate that they have been willing
to share so much with us.

Basically, we give the students the same assignments the studios give to the
artists who apply .... bouncing ball, falling sack, side and front views of a
walking person, falling leaf, turning head, etc ..... We emphasize ALOT of
observational figure drawing and to a much smaller extent experimental

This year we have added a 'master class' in the medium, hiring some of the
top people in the industry to come in on Saturday mornings to teach our most
advanced students. I have sat in on most of the classes and they are
awesome. These guys are so completely down-to-earth. It's the nature of the
medium that they have worked in anonymity for so many years. They are
surprised anyone is interested in what they have to say.

As far as Beth's question of lesson plans, 'The Animator's Workbook' by Tony
White is an excellent resource.

My computer classes are working on our school's web site. It will be up in
December and have alot of information about our animation program.

-Geoff Black
Orange County High School of the Arts
Los Alamitos, CA

>>Do any of you art teachers out there teach animation, or animation
techniques in your classes? I'm curious if this art form has found its way
into curricula and if so, how it is done, and if not, why? Thank you. Peggy