Introduction to Animation


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Mon and Wed



This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Live meetings
  • Live critiques

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of animation which will be built upon a combination of traditional hand-drawn and experimental methods. Animation principles will be applied through a series of short animation projects which involve the phenomena of cycles, transformations, transitions, sequential structure, and the expression of emotional and kinetic states. Experimental animation techniques offer a range in mediums and registration-less animation, under the camera animation, replacement animation, 2-D paper puppets, and creative rotoscoping. We will also cover how to set-up a DIY home animation studio and introduce digital tools, including Stop Motion Studio and Creative Cloud (Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Premiere). This course consists of historical and contemporary screenings, in-depth discussions, studio, and critiques.

This class is taught remotely and consist of demos, studio work, projects and critiques. Google Drive will be used for all document sharing and turning in assignments. Zoom will be used for class time, critiques and demos. Students will also schedule one-on-one meetings with Zoom.


Smartphone or Tablet
Creative Cloud (downloadable for free after you register and set up your MassArt Net ID – email account)
Notecards/Paper, Scissors, Pencil, Liquid Glue, hole punchers, external hard drive

Optional supplies (will discuss on first day): Stylus pen, old magazines, charcoal, oil paint, sand, medium sized cardboard box, lightbox, variety of mark making tools




There will be no class meeting on June 19th and July 3rd.
This class uses the Zoom platform.

We're sorry, this class has been canceled.

Shannon Lee is an independent animator, visual artist, and educator. Her work is infused with science fiction, magical realism, and experimental narrative and animation techniques. Shannon received her MFA in Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts in 2017 and her films have been shown in festivals and art spaces including the Ann … Read more