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Experimental Animation: Handmade Motion

Program(s): Undergraduate Courses, Summer College

*Taught Online for Summer 2021*  Experimental Animation: Handmade Motion will introduce fundamental concepts and techniques of animation through a series of exercises and assignments which touch on the history, theory and practice of this dynamic medium. Utilizing a responsive, interactive web-based platform to facilitate lectures, screenings, technical demonstrations, collaborative production processes and direct feedback, students will develop independent and group animations. This course will provide students a unique opportunity to collaborate remotely on MAPs (multi animator projects), produce short individual works, and participate in critical discussions about their creative work and the work of others. 

A spectrum of methods from flip-books to computer-generated effects will be explored in this multifaceted online course.  Techniques such as hand-drawn and collage-based animation, stop-motion and digital drawing will be introduced, providing extensive opportunities for experimentation and the generation of unique footage.

Course Considerations

Students will need their own camera, tripod (or other camera mount), and a personal computer or tablet with video editing capability.  Select software will be provided through a temporary license during the class. Some optional supplies, such a drawing light-pad, clay, wire, paper and drawing materials will be recommended to students but not required. 

Students should be creative, eager to make original work, and engaged with art.  Some experience with studio art, photography or filmmaking would be beneficial but not required.

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

11th Grade
12th Grade
Undergrad / Grad


Undergraduate Courses
Summer College

Start Date

June 21

End Date

July 09

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Scott Wolniak

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)

Class Specifics

Course Code

ARTV 23813 91

Class Day(s)

Mon Wed Fri

Class Duration (CST)


4:00 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks