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Quickdraw serves as a dynamic production and education facility, dedicated to providing artists with access to equipment, resources, and training to create their own animated productions.

To register for our courses, fill out an online form, call, or visit us. Courses and workshops have limited enrollment, and may be cancelled prior to start date if enrollment is low. Quickdraw accepts payment for courses through Paypal, cash, or cheque.


 

2018 – 2019 Course Calendar

 

 

ADULT COURSES

September – December, 2018

Intro to Toon Boom Harmony Advanced

September 18 – December 11, 2018 (12 Week Course – No class on Oct. 23)
Tuesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Instructor: William Dyer
Fee: $360 for QAS Members; $385 for Non-Members
Ages 18+

Learn the basics of Toon Boom Harmony Advanced, a powerful animation program used by studios around the world! Visit www.toonboom.com for more information on their industry standard animation technology. Intro to Toon Boom Harmony Advanced is a project based course that will explore digital techniques such as frame by frame, cut-out, and deformers, and will also cover animation pipeline integration tools.

Click here to register for this course!

For further information feel free to contact programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices.


Intro to Maya 3D Animation

September 26 – December 12, 2018 (12 Week Course)
Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Instructor: William Dyer
Fee: $360 for QAS Members; $385 for Non-Members
Ages 18+

In this course you will be introduced to the world of 3D modeling using Autodesk Maya. During 12 weeks you will learn the fundamentals of modeling 3D objects, creating textures and materials, and rigging your objects to create simple animations. No experience required, some homework maybe beneficial but not required.

Click here to register for this course!

*This course is FULL please contact Ryan at programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices to be placed on the wait list!!


ANIMATION FUNDAMENTALS

September 20 – December 13, 2018 (12 Week Course)
Thursdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Instructor: Ryan Von Hagen
Fee: $360 for QAS Members; $385 for Non-Members
18+

An introduction to the basics of animation! Including an overview of various approaches and styles (all 2D), animation movement techniques, and a history of animation. Students will also learn the basics of using animation software, creating high quality files, and proper pre-production techniques.

Click here to register for this course!

For further information feel free to contact programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices.


DRAWING FOR ANIMATION

September 08 – December 8, 2018 (12 Week course – No class on Oct. 6 and Nov. 24)
Saturdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Instructor: Mike Hooves
Fee: $300 for QAS Members; $325 for Non-Members
14+

Character design for animation 101 – learning the fundamentals of character design through shape, silhouette – stretch and squash, smear frames, basic perspective and foreshortening. Drawing for Animation’s focus is on the figure rather than environment. Learn how to utilize character turnaround sheets, break down drawings, and emotion. This class explores designs ranging in style from UPA to anime.

Click here to register for this course!

*This course is FULL please contact Ryan at programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices to be placed on the wait list!!

 


FREE SWIM

Fridays 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Lifeguard on Duty: Tyler Longmire
Free for members

Come work on your projects! This is time set aside specifically for students and members to use our classroom space to get things done. Tyler will be available to help with questions here and there as the casual “Lifeguard on Duty”.

For further information feel free to contact programming@quickdrawanimation.ca , call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices.


 

YOUTH AND CHILDRENS’ COURSES

September – December, 2018

 

YOUNG ANIMATORS AFTER SCHOOL

September 26 – December 19, 2018 (12 Week Course – No class Oct. 31)
Wednesdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Instructor: Brian Batista
Fee: $225 for QAS Members; $255 for Non-Members
Ages 13 – 18

In this class students will delve into the world of animation, covering a range of topics including stop-motion, digital platforms, sound design and traditional animation techniques. Participants will complete a short animated film by the end of the course. Open and interesting to all skill levels.

Click here to register for this course!

For further information feel free to contact programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices.


QUICK KIDS ANIMATION

September 15 – December 8, 2018 (12 Week Course – No class Oct. 6)
Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm
Instructor: Jean-François Côté
Fee: $350 for QAS Members; $380 for Non-Members
Ages 8 – 14

Kids ages 8-14 learn to animate drawings, cutout characters and plasticine, animate digitally, and more! Kids receive a compilation of their work at the end of the semester.

Click here to register for this course!

*This course is FULL please contact Ryan at programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices to be placed on the wait list!!

 


 

ADULT COURSES

January – April, 2019


(c)ART(oons) : THE HISTORY OF ANIMATION

January 21 – April 15, 2019 (12 Week Course – No class Feb. 18)
Mondays 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Instructor: Carol Beecher
Fee: $300 for QAS Members; $325 for Non-Members
Ages 18+

Calling all emerging animators and animation fans! Understanding the history of animation is important to get a sense of possibilities for productions, broaden the scope of influences for creativity, and expose yourself to the origins of various practices and techniques utilized by current animators. In this lecture-based course, a fundamental survey of pre-cinema, historical, classic, and contemporary international animation will be studied.

Click here to register for this course!

For further information feel free to contact programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices


PROJECTS IN ANIMATION

January 22 – April 9, 2019 (12 Week Course)
Tuesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Instructor: Tyler Longmire
Fee: $360 for QAS Members; $385 for Non-Members
Ages 18+
*This course requires Animation Fundamentals or equivalent as a prerequisite. If in doubt, ask QAS staff!

Make a brand new animated film in 12 weeks! This project-focused class will lead you through the pre-production, production, and post-production process of making a new short film from scratch. Quickdraw’s Production Director will be leading the class and providing guidance, tech support, and best technical practices for making your new short look super spiffy. Inspired by our annual Animation Lockdown, participants are expected to have experience animating, to work independently or with collaborators to produce their own work, and to make a new project that is achievable to produce within the 12-week time-frame (i.e. no 10-minute epics.) As films near completion we will also explore file management for festival submission and distribution strategies. Spend the winter months making something cool at QAS!

Click here to register for this course!

For further information feel free to contact programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices


ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS

February 6 – April 24, 2019 (12 Week Course)
Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Instructor: Lyndon Navalta
Fee: $360 for QAS Members; $385 for Non-Members
Ages 18+

Adobe After Effects is a powerful compositing program that is an essential tool for all modern animators and filmmakers — it’s the “glue” that holds most animations and films together. It’s an intimidating (and frustrating) program to open up and start using with no experience, so let us walk you through it!

Click here to register for this course!

For further information feel free to contact programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices


ANIMATION FUNDAMENTALS

January 24 – April 11, 2019 (12 Week Course)
Thursdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Instructor: Ryan Von Hagen
Fee: $360 for QAS Members; $385 for Non-Members
18+

An introduction to the basics of animation! Including an overview of various approaches and styles (all 2D), animation movement techniques, and a history of animation. Students will also learn the basics of using animation software, creating high quality files, and proper pre-production techniques.

Click here to register for this course!

For further information feel free to contact programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices.


ADVANCED ANIMATION

January 26 – April 13, 2019 (12 Week Course)
Saturdays 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Instructor: Ryan Von Hagen
Fee: $360 for QAS Members; $385 for Non-Members
18+
*This course requires Animation Fundamentals or equivalent as a prerequisite. If in doubt, ask QAS staff.

Take a step further into the vastness of animation! This course focuses on intermediate techniques of animation such us rotoscoping, walk cycles, character animation, mouth sync, cinematic language, sound design, compositing and more. Up your skills and then put it to use in a narrative of your own creation.

Click here to register for this course!

For further information feel free to contact programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices.


FREE SWIM

Fridays 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Lifeguard on Duty: Tyler Longmire
Free for members

Come work on your projects! This is time set aside specifically for students and members to use our classroom space to get things done. Tyler will be available to help with questions here and there as the casual “Lifeguard on Duty”.

For further information feel free to contact programming@quickdrawanimation.ca , call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices.


 

YOUTH AND CHILDRENS’ COURSES

January – April, 2019


YOUNG ANIMATORS AFTER SCHOOL

January 23 – April 10, 2019 (12 Week Course)
Wednesdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Instructor: Brian Batista
Fee: $225 for QAS Members; $255 for Non-Members
Ages 13 – 18

In this class students will delve into the world of animation, covering a range of topics including stop-motion, digital platforms, sound design and traditional animation techniques. Participants will complete a short animated film by the end of the course. Open and interesting to all skill levels.

Click here to register for this course!

For further information feel free to contact programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices.


QUICK KIDS ANIMATION

January 26 – April 13, 2019 (12 Week Course)
Saturdays 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Instructor: Jean-François Côté
Fee: $350 for QAS Members; $380 for Non-Members
Ages 8 – 14

Kids ages 8-14 learn to animate drawings, cutout characters and plasticine, animate digitally, and more! Kids receive a compilation of their work at the end of the semester.

Click here to register for this course!

For further information feel free to contact programming@quickdrawanimation.ca, call 403-261-5767, or visit our offices.


 

**CANCELLATION POLICY**

We appreciate that people’s plans and circumstances can change, and that sometimes it will be necessary to cancel your registration in a course. However, since our classes are so small, last-minute cancellations can be very difficult for us to deal with—we need time to make sure that we can reach out to members on the waiting lists for the classes, and to be sure that we have the minimum enrollment we need to run each class.

Students will receive a full refund on fees paid for courses or camps that are cancelled at least two weeks in advance of the first day of class. If a course or camp is cancelled within two weeks of the first day of class, Quickdraw will retain a processing fee of 25% of the full cost of the course. If a course or camp is cancelled after the first day of class, Quickdraw will retain a processing fee of 50% of the full cost of the course, or a pro-rated amount based on the number of classes already completed if the course is more than half finished. That said, please let us know if there are any circumstances we should know about in working out a refund.


 

ONGOING DROP-IN COURSES, WORKSHOPS, CLUBS

DROP-IN LIFE DRAWING

QAS is no longer offering weekly life drawing sessions at our studios. Our apologies! However, we partnered with Brian Batista at Atelier Artista to offer QAS members a discount on their weekly Wednesday night figure drawing classes. Click here for more details.

 


ZINE, BUTTON-MAKING AND LASERDISC CLUB

Monthly sessions, various times
Instructor: QAS buds
Fee: $5 per session / free for QAS Members
Ages 15+

We have a button maker, a sweet old photocopier, and a large collection of laserdiscs to go through. You’re totally invited!

Club meets are held on a casual basis throughout the year. Email info@quickdrawanimation.ca to express your interest and to sign up for updates.

 




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