2D Animation for Beginners

2D Animation for Beginners

6 Week Workshop

Course Length: 6 weeks with Live Q&As
Start Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 (Spring 2021)
Price: $899 *

*Includes a non-refundable $100 registration fee
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Rough 2D animation test of Jiminy Cricket done by Jay Jackson

Traditional 2D Animation Concepts with a Modern Twist

There’s something magical about the art of traditional animation. It’s inspiring to see a rough drawing transform into a living, breathing character. The hands-on feeling of crafting motion, emotion, and believability from just a few drawings is a powerful experience.

In 2D Animation for Beginners, we’ll explore the roots of traditional animation using modern digital tools used within the studio environment today. We’ll begin with the principles of animation to ensure students have a solid foundation, and then move on to more physical explorations of movement and emotion.

Through in-class examples and homework assignments, we’ll present 2D workflows and techniques that are useful to every animator. Whether you’re interested in studying classic animation techniques, telling your own story, or enhancing your 3D character animation skills, we got you.

Industry Professionals Mentor You to Be Successful

Animation Mentor mentor Jay Jackson
Jay Jackson

Jay Jackson is an incredible character animator, mastering traditional 2D workflows used by the pros, 3D character animation, and modern 2D digital animation techniques. He’s worked on 2D animated classics such as The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Hercules, and The Black Cauldron, as well as a host of other films. He even trained under the legendary Eric Larson, one of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men.” Jay has been teaching with Animation Mentor for over 12 years, bringing lessons from the greats to the next generation of animators.

Tuesdays | 8:00 - 9:00 PM Pacific Time
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Who is This Workshop For?

  • Artists looking to bring their characters to life
  • Anyone with a desire to study traditional animation and master 2D principles and workflows
  • 3D character animators looking to strengthen their posing, timing, and framing, using traditional concepts with a modern approach
  • Experienced traditional animators looking to translate their skills to a digital medium
  • English speaking students who are 18 years or older
  • Both beginner and intermediate students with a basic level of drawing ability
Jay Jackson Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet - Jay Jackson

Jay Jackson Tarzan

Tarzan - Jay Jackson

Jay Jackson Danny cat's don't dance

Cat's Don't Dance - Jay Jackson

Workshop Format

  • 6-week online workshop so you can learn at home on your own time
  • This workshop meets for one weekly, live lesson with your mentor
  • Each week, you’ll get a recorded video critique of your assignment so you can refer back to it anytime
  • There are no grades for this workshop
  • Project-based learning with demos and exercises to help you learn by doing


  • Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of class
  • Have a good understanding of the English language
  • Have intermediate software computer skills, and meet the minimum computer system requirements
  • Harmony by Toon Boom or Rough Animator (Or equivalent digital animation software)
  • A tablet or other digital painting device (Wacom tablet, Cintiq, or equivalent)

What Students are Saying

Serena Smith Parrot

I really liked the rigorous focus on honing basics and the application of traditional animation techniques to modern tools. Jay was a fantastic mentor and I’d love to take more classes with him.

2D Animation for me is more intuitive and natural than 3D, and with previous animation experience I could expand upon briefs slightly to make fun interesting shots in a much shorter timeframe than in 3D.

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