Brian Batista

Instructor: Intro to Toon Boom, Stop Motion, Animation Fundamentals

Brian Batista is a man of many skills and talents— an arranger of thing’s, painter, sculptor, performer, media artist, mentor, teacher, animator, entrepreneur, and magic man. He graduated with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design with distinction, and was the recipient of a Board of Governors award. Brian has been the recipient of the NFB/QAS Production Scholarship, acted on Quickdraw’s Board of Directors as President, and currently instructs animation at Quickdraw Animation Society. He has a tremendous love for rubber hose arms and has a mad crush on Jessica Rabbit.

Brian Batista’s Website


Heather Kai Smith

Instructor: Great Women Animators, Drawing Essentials 

Heather Kai Smith is an artist from Calgary, AB Canada.  She received her B.F.A. in Drawing with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2009. Her solo and collaborative work has been exhibited at The Illingworth Kerr Gallery (Calgary), The White House (TO), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Nuit Blanche Calgary, Institut für alles mögliche (Berlin, Germany), and the Art Gallery of Calgary. Using multiple mediums (ranging from animation, printmaking, projection and installation), the foundation of her work is rooted in the practice of drawing. Her work has been commissioned for Telus Spark!: The New Calgary Science Centre, Pith Gallery, and Sled Island Music and Arts Festival.

Heather recently received the NFB/Quickdraw Animation Production Scholarship and is working on completing an animated short film for Fall 2014.

Heather’s Website


Ryan Von Hagen

Instructor: Animation Fundamentals, Portable Animation Workshop

Ryan Von Hagen is an Animator, Filmmaker, Sound Designer and Musician living in Calgary Alberta. Ryan Graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012 from the Media Arts and Digital Technology department. Ryan has put time into working on feature length documentaries, AFA funded short animated films, theatre productions as well as Fine Art shows. He has a wide technical background in the world of animation, as he is proficient in stop motion animation, hand drawn animation, cutout animation, rotoscope animation, as well as animated green screen techniques. Ryan has been teaching with Quickdraw as part of the Portable Animation Workshop for the past year. 

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