Experience the spectrum of animation technologies, from pen and paper to stop-motion and all the way to cutting edge 3D

This two-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18.

Students explore the history of animation using imagination by bringing stories and characters to life while tracking their creativity throughout the myriad fields.

In this course, students start where animation began, with the paper and pencil as they breathe life into their inanimate creations. Soon after, students explore the same modern technologies that are used in making 2D animations for today's cartoons and films.  Students then take their creations to the next dimension as they explore stop-motion animation. This pioneering field behind modern visual effects is a technique still used by modern filmmakers such as Aardman Studios, creators of the popular Chicken Run and Wallace & Grommet films.

Finally, students leap into the cutting edge as they create computer generated 3D animations using the same tools behind films such as Inception, Spider-Man and Serenity. Throughout the process, technical and creative guidance is given as students realize the creation of their own short films.

Students leave with the skills and confidence to continue animating their own productions.


About the Young Artists Program 
Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critique, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.

We recommend students have access to $150  for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning.

Tuition Note: includes room and board

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This course is not offered at this time.
Check our full workshop listing for other alternatives.

Please email us or call 1-877-577-7700 with any questions.



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