Summer Youth: Make a 2D Animated Short (Ages 12-18)

  • Monday, July 24, 2023
  • Thursday, July 27, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, July 24, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, July 25, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, July 27, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Small Classroom, Class Code ME072423CJ1
  • 3


  • $280 + $20 Materials Fee
  • $220 + $20 Materials Fee


Make an animated short using traditional and updated techniques.

About this Class

Animation is one of the oldest forms of visual entertainment. While the tried-and-true methods are amazing, a lot can be done with your smartphone, iPad, or other tablets. In this camp, we will use some of the old techniques on new devices. Don't worry if all you can draw is a stick figure - that can be some of the most inventive animations out there.

Learn the basics of traditional 2D animation, like squash and stretch, pose to pose, keyframing, secondary actions, and more.

We will start with breaking down what makes a great animation, then move on to conceptualizing, storyboarding, drawing, editing, sound design, and exporting.


  • For students ages 12-18.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Registration closes Monday, July 17.
  • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
  • Complete and return this minor permission form.
  • You may register your youth for an optional, supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.
  • A materials fee of $20 is included in the price of the class and covers all materials needed. See below for what students need to bring.


Students will make a film of two or fewer minutes on a theme of their own or one chosen by the class.


          Students must bring a smartphone, tablet, and/or a laptop.

          Class Policies


          Courtney G. Jones is a 30-year veteran of the film and television industry who has long been an advocate of the kind of accessibility mobile filmmaking offers. He serves as head of development for Steve Zahn & Rick Gomez’s company, Macaroni Art Productions. He has produced and directed feature films, commercials, documentaries, and series - some of which have been shot on mobile. He brings a wealth of technical and creative know-how to the classroom. Courtney’s main goal is to show that anyone can make something amazing with the technology that's in their pocket. When he's not writing, producing, filming, editing, or teaching, he’s typically daydreaming about flying, living on a boat, or trying new recipes.

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