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The Quickdraw Animation Society’s Portable Animation Workshops (PAW) use the latest in animation software, along with the expertise of our talented instructors, to bring a fully functioning animation studio into classrooms and other environments throughout Calgary.

To request a PAW Studio workshop for your school or group, please fill out our  detailing your needs and interests.

The Portable Animation Workshop is a traveling animation workshop hosted by the Quickdraw Animation Society. Participants will learn the basics of animation through hands-on problem solving and creative collaboration with each other and with our instructors. In the process, they’ll engage with concepts from the worlds of art, science and mathematics in a fun and supportive environment, and since creating animation involves many different techniques, it can capture the interest of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners.  

Quickdraw employs a dynamic team of animation instructors to facilitate the workshop. Instructors guide participants through the process of making a short animation, using hands-on techniques such as paper-cut-outs, claymation, hand-drawn figures, 3-D toys and pixilation (animation of people) — no drawing skills necessary!

Quickdraw instructors have a set curriculum that takes your classrooms through the full process of creating an animation. Some accommodations can be made to the set workshop to better suit your group and your interests and needs.

Our instructors create an environment where students feel involved and engaged in situations where they are encouraged to learn by doing, rather than being told what to do. By creating a supportive environment, students feel empowered to make their own decisions, express opinions and become actively involved.

The Quickdraw PAW will come to you!

  • Our equipment is transportable and we have everything that you and your group needs to be successful
  • Can travel anywhere including, festivals, retreats, classrooms, seminars, summer camps, reserves and more
  • The format is flexible (having been used for corporate team-building as well as classroom learning), and can accommodate a range of ages, event-formats and schedules

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts has ongoing support available for schools running this type of program.

Apply for funding for artist residencies

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts provides residency program funding assistance directly to Alberta schools. There is one application deadline per year. This April 1 deadline provides funding assistance for projects that will take place the following school year.

The AFA provides up to $15,000 per school per year. Depending on your location, this can be used to cover either 50% or 75% of the total cost of the residency, excluding GST.


1. Send your Workshop Request Form to Quickdraw so we can put you into the schedule and start the application process.

2. Before applying to the AFA, the school must know the dates of the workshop.

3. We can give you suggestions on how to write the application and review it before it goes to the AFA.

4. Submit your application through the AFA’s online granting system by midnight on April 1, 2017.

5. The AFA juries the applications in May, and will inform you in June if the application was successful.

6. If it was not successful, we can discuss your proposed program to if it can still go ahead without AFA funding.

8. You are not required to go ahead with the program if you do not receive AFA funding approval, and there will be no cancellation fee.

Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) Grant Application Forms and Guidelines

Arts and Education Grant Guidelines

Tips for Applying

If you have any questions about Quickdraw’s PAW workshops, please drop us a line and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you!