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2D Animation 1

Intermediate level.

Prerequisite: Intro to Character Design.

This workshop will help you to learn and develop the principles of 2D animation. Class­es will be cov­er­ing uni­ver­sal ani­ma­tion con­cepts like ​“keyframes”, ​“tim­ing and spac­ing”, ​“over­lap­ping action”, as well as the more gen­er­al sto­rytelling and act­ing per­for­mance skills plus the soft­ware skills need­ed in Photoshop to achieve traditional 2D animation. This is an intensive workshop due to the high volume of drawing required to create traditional animation but the results are highly rewarding as you will be able to see your drawings come to life throughout the workshop.

Each week you will see a live demonstration, both on paper and in Photoshop, you are wel­come to draw (follow) along and ask ques­tions. After each class you will receive your home­work assign­ment for the week, and at the begin­ning of each class you will receive feed­back on your work.

Topics that will be covered throughout the 12 week workshop:

  • The basic principles
  • Animating in Photoshop
  • Walk and run cycles
  • Character design for animation
  • Posing and performance
  • Acting and dialogue
  • Animating a short scene

The hardware requirements for the workshop are:

  • Laptop (MacBook Pro or i7 PC laptop with 16GB RAM are recommended) with Adobe Photoshop installed.
  • Wacom tablet. Any size is good.
  • Notepad and pens/pencils for note-taking.

Software requirements:

  • Photoshop
  • (Optional) Animator’s Toolbar Pro Plugin
Additional Semesters TBA

Essential Information

Semester Dates

Course Dates TBA

Class Delivery

In Person

Class Times



CDW Studios


Greg Holfeld



Instructor Bio: Greg Holfeld

Greg has worked as animator in studios across his native Canada, as well as London and Australia. He has produced manga and illustration for the Japanese and English markets while living in Tokyo, directed award-winning TVCs, and his short films have been recognised by festivals internationally.

Stu­dent Work