Summer camps for 2021 are currently being planned for both in-person and online options. However, due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, NYFA will be unable to offer housing for in-person teen camps. Families will need to secure their own housing for campers and provide any necessary off-campus supervision, if traveling to a NYFA teen summer camp from another city, state or country. All after-school and weekend camps will be conducted online, until further notice. To view all camps and workshops offered, please click here.

Online 3D Animation for Kids


Using 3D software, we will cover some of the twelve basic principles of Animation introduced by the Disney animators Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas in their 1981 book The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation. These principles of animation underlie everything animators do, from making movies to video games. We will explore how they can be applied to everyday objects and characters. 

The Online 3D Animation for Kids camps consist of 6 hour modules (three modules offered in this discipline) which can be completed either after school or on Saturdays. If Kids are taking the module after school, each module runs for one week. Saturday programs, each module run for four consecutive Saturdays.  Students may enroll in all three modules or select and complete individual modules (students are not required to complete one module to attend the next).

Program Requirements

• New students will need to take all three modules. If you have studied Animation online with us before, you may take all three modules or select individual modules.
• Animation Software (details will be shared in the first class)
• A Microsoft or Mac laptop or desktop computer with a minimum of 16 GB and a three button external mouse.

Schedule Options

For each module, there are two schedule options:

Option 1:
• One week for each module
• Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST


Option 2:
• Four consecutive Saturdays for each module
• Saturday at 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST

Tuition: $300 USD for each module

Module One: Squash and Stretch
In this module, students will learn squash and stretch, the first principle of animation. It introduces the notion of how a change of shape such as a squash pose to a stretch pose gives the  illusion of gravity, weight, mass, flexibility and life into animation. Without squash and stretch, the animation is rigid and stiff to the motion.

Class 1 – Introducing Maya’s interface, hotkeys, graph editor,
Class 2 – Bouncing ball exercise
Class 3 – Bouncing ball squash and stretch exercise
Class 4 – Light and heavy bouncing ball exercise

Module Two: Anticipation, Follow Through and Overlap

In this module, students learn two of the principles of animation. Anticipation which introduces the character getting prepared to perform an action. It prepares the viewer for what’s about to happen. The second principle we will cover is  follow through and overlap. This principle helps to render movement more realistically by obeying the laws of physics. Students will learn how to make a pendulum swing and an object jump.

Class 1 – Pendulum exercise
Class 2 – Finishing the Pendulum exercise
Class 3 – Lecture & Jump exercise
Class 4 – Finishing the Jump exercise

Module Three: Walk Cycles
In this module, students will combine what they learned from squash and stretch, anticipation, follow through and overlap lessons into their walk cycle. Students will learn how to make a character move and walk in their own stylistic ways. 

Class 1 – Blocking walk cycle: Hips and Legs
Class 2 – Continuing with blocking walk cycle: Hips and Legs
Class 3 – Polishing walk cycle: Hips and Legs
Class 4 – Finishing the walk cycle



  • MODULE 1
    • Weekday/After-School Classes
      • October 4, 2021 – October 7, 2021
      • November 1, 2021 – November 4, 2021
      • November 29, 2021 – December 2, 2021
    • Saturday Classes
      • October 2, 2021 – October 23, 2021
  • MODULE 2
    • Weekday/After-School Classes
      • October 11, 2021 – October 14, 2021
      • November 8, 2021 – November 11, 2021
      • December 6, 2021 – December 9, 2021
    • Saturday Classes
      • October 30, 2021 – November 20, 2021
  • MODULE 3
    • Weekday/After-School Classes
      • October 18, 2021 – October 21, 2021
      • November 15, 2021 – November 18, 2021
      • December 13, 2021 – December 16, 2021
    • Saturday Classes
      • December 4, 2021 – December 19, 2021 (*final two classes Dec 18 and Dec 19 to accommodate holidays)