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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.


2019 – 2020 Course Calendar

ADULT COURSES

September to December, 2019

Toon Boom Harmony Advanced

Sept 16 – Dec 16, 2019 (12 Session Course – No class Oct 14 and Nov 11)
Mondays 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.


Projects in Animation: Pre-Production

Sept 17 – Dec 3, 2019 (12 Session 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!

Get ready to make your dream project! This project-focused course led by Quickdraw’s Production Director will lead you through the steps to get you prepped for production and applying for funds to make it happen. This course will cover best technical practices and advanced techniques, storyboarding, creation of animatics, grant-writing, project pitching, and setting up your production pipeline so your work looks the best it can be. We will spend a lot of time working on animatics and test animations in-class, with one-on-on instruction to coach you on your individual project needs. By the end of this course you should have a solid animatic, animation tests, a production plan, and enough material to apply for funding! (Or hop into production yourself if you’re planning a more DIY route.)

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


(c)ART(oons) : the History of Animation

Sept 25 – Jan 15, 2019 (15 Session Course – No class Dec 25 or Jan 1)
Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Instructor: Carol Beecher
Fee: $360 for QAS Members; $385 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 we will study a fundamental survey of pre-cinema, historical, classic, and contemporary international animation.

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


ANIMATION FUNDAMENTALS

Sept 26 – Dec 19, 2019 (12 Week Course)
Thursdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Instructor: Arielle McCuaig
Fee: $360 for QAS Members; $385 for Non-Members
18+

An introduction to the basics of animation! Including an overview of various 2D approaches and styles, animation movement techniques, and a history of animation all through under camera animation technique. 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! This course is now full! Please email programming@quickdrawanimation.ca to get on the wait list!

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


January – April, 2020

Experimental Media

Jan 21 – April 7, 2020 (12 Week Course)
Tuesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Instructor: TBA
Fee: TBA
18+

Registration for this course is TBA


Advanced Animation

Jan 22 – April 15, 2020 (13 Week Course)
Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Instructor: Ryan Von Hagen
Fee: $360 for QAS Members; $385 for Non-Members
18+

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.


ANIMATION FUNDAMENTALS

Jan 23 – April 9, 2020 (12 Session Course)
Thursdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Instructor: Arielle McCuaig
Fee: $360 for QAS Members; $385 for Non-Members
18+

An introduction to the basics of animation! Including an overview of various 2D approaches and styles, animation movement techniques, and a history of animation all through under camera animation technique. 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


FREE SWIM

Saturdays 1:00pm – 5:00pm
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 to December, 2019

YOUNG ANIMATORS AFTER SCHOOL

Sept 20 – Dec 20, 2019 (12 Session Course – No Class on Sept 27 or Nov 29)
Fridays 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Instructor: Arielle McCuaig
Fee: $320 for QAS Members; $350 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! This course is now full! Please email programming@quickdrawanimation.ca to get on the wait list!

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


QUICK KIDS ANIMATION

Sept 14 – Dec 14, 2019 (12 Session Course – No class Oct 12 or Nov 9)
Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm

Instructor: Jean-François Côté
Fee: $320 for QAS Members; $350 for Non-Members
Ages 8 – 14

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

Click here to register for this course! This course is now full! Please email programming@quickdrawanimation.ca to get on the wait list!

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


January to April, 2020

YOUNG ANIMATORS AFTER SCHOOL

January 24 – April 17, 2020 (12 Week Course – No Class on March 27th)
Fridays 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Instructor: Arielle McCuaig

Fee: $320 for QAS Members; $350 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! This course is now full! Please email programming@quickdrawanimation.ca to get on the wait list!

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


QUICK KIDS ANIMATION

Jan 25 – April 25, 2020 (12 Session Course – No class Feb 15 and April 11)
Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm

Instructor: Jean-François Côté
Fee: $320 for QAS Members; $350 for Non-Members
Ages 8 – 14

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

Click here to register for this course! This course is now full! Please email programming@quickdrawanimation.ca to get on the wait list!

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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