Online 3D Animation for Teens


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 Teen camps consist of 6 hour modules (three modules offered in this discipline) which can be completed on Saturdays. Each module run for four consecutive Saturdays.  Students may enroll in all three modules or select and complete individual modules (Module One is required to take Module Two or Three.)

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.


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

Tuition: $325 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



    • Feb 4, 2023 – Feb 25, 2023
    • Mar 4, 2023 – Mar 25, 2023
    • Apr 1, 2023 – Apr 29, 2023