Workshops

Improve Your Craft with Animation Mentor Workshops

Workshops for Every Artist

Animation Mentor offers workshops tailored to your schedule and interests. Taught by industry professionals and award-winning artists, you’ll learn new skills from the best!

Workshops for Beginners

Don’t know where to start? If you’re interested in Animation Mentor’s Core Character Animation Courses, take the Maya Workshop to begin your 3D animation journey. If traditional animation is more your style, put your drawing skills to good use in our 2D Animation for Beginners Workshop.

Maya Workshop: Animation Basics

6-Week Workshop

Master this key software before diving into the art of animation.

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2D Animation for Beginners

6-Week Workshop

Learn the fundamentals of 2D Animation from a Disney legend.

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Intermediate Animation

Intermediate animation workshops require a basic understanding of the fundamentals of physicality, weight, and timing.

2D Animation:
Walk Cycles & Character Movement

6-Week Workshop

Animate exciting and believable character movement in 2D.

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Advanced Animation

Tailored workshops for animators with a strong understanding of advanced body mechanics. Take these workshops to expand your existing skill set and add to your portfolio.

Cartoony Animation
for 3D Animators

6-Week Workshop

Plus your animation by pushing your characters to their limits.

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Previs Basics
for Animators

6-Week Workshop

Quickly animate, layout, and stage shots for production.

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Creature Animation

Best for skilled animators with strong advanced body mechanics experience, these 12-week workshops focus on VFX-level animation created by studios like Industrial Light & Magic and Framestore. Pro mentors prepare students to work on animated and live-action films.

Creature Animation:
Locomotion

12-Week Workshop

Animate creatures and animals with guidance from pro VFX animators.

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Creature Animation:
Fight or Flight

12-Week Workshop

Create dynamic flight scenes and fight sequences with creatures.

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Game Animation

Interested in working in the game animation industry? Learn the basics of animating a character in Autodesk Maya before playing your animation live in Unreal Engine (a software used in games like Fortnite!). These workshop are best for animators with strong body mechanics experience.

Game Animation Fundamentals

6-Week Workshop

Animate a character to play live in the Unreal Engine.

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Game Animation: Combat Attacks

6-Week Workshop

Create a thrilling fight sequence between characters.

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Storyboarding

Created by award-winning Storyboard and Comic Artist Mike Kunkel, these workshops walk students through the storyboarding process. Learn how to tell an effective, visual story using tools like camera angles and unique layouts. Storyboarding is an in-demand skill set needed across film, game, comic, and TV production.

Story I: Storyboarding
Fundamentals

6-Week Workshop

Learn basic storyboarding techniques and skills.

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Story II: Intermediate Storyboarding

6-Week Workshop

Build a story from scratch, including pitch, script, and animatic.

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Concept Art

Ever wanted to create your own works of art? Modern concept artists use digital tools to create landscapes and characters, bringing their imagination to life. Our workshops help students understand the basics of character design and digital painting through visual shapes and appeal.

Introduction to
Digital Painting

6-Week Workshop

Learn digital painting techniques and create your own works of art.

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Visual Development:
Principles of Design

6-Week Workshop

Design appealing characters using shape language and color theory.

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3D Modeling

Blizzard character artist, Hong Chan Lim, teaches his 3D modeling workflow using modern software like Autodesk Maya and Pixologic’s ZBrush. Follow along and design your own character from scratch.

Introduction to
3D Character Modeling

12-Week Workshop

Design your own 3D character, from sketch to final model.

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3D Character Modeling for Games

12-Week Workshop

Prepare your 3D model for real-time games.

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