The Cartooning Class
course teaches cartooning from the ground up. Building
characters with basic shapes and from the imagination.
Little by little we will observe reality and add more
information based on the study of anatomy, action and
facial expressions. Students learn the difference between
drawing from the imagination and drawing from reference.
For me personally, cartooning helped me develope basic
drawing skills which opened the door to better overall
The Animation Class
incorporates the study of movement. Animation has evolved
into a complex art form since the early days of Disney.
We will study the techniques of the master animators
using study material passed down from one generation
of animators to the next. The animation class utilizes
a state of the art program called ToonBoom. This program
allows student to set up shots and sequences, digitally
paint their character sequences and add lip synching
to drawn mouth movements.
Instructor John O'Connell is a
graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He operates
a studio in the Back Mountain doing graphic design and
illustration for local and national companies such as
Time Warner, Caesars Pocono Resorts and Werner Ladder
Company. He has run an art program teaching and mentoring
students in tradional art and computer graphics for
the past 10 years, with several students going on to
careers in the art field.