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Popular Animation Teachers

David S.

Mendota, IL
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Emily S.

Richmond Hill, NY
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Gilbert M.

Anaheim, CA
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David S. Mendota, IL

I can teach a broad range of disciplines including handdrawn 2D, digital 2D, 3D, stopmotion, and others. If you're merely interested in the design aspects, that's fine, too. I have a comprehensive knowledge of 3D techniques and digital art workflows, and I can tailor the course to meet those needs, as well.

About David

My name is David S, and I have been a CG artist and animator for 8 years. Computer graphics is a passion of mine, and I consider it a joy to pass on what I have learned to others. In 2014, I graduated from Huntington University with a B.S. degree in Digital Media Arts - Animation, so I very good understanding of the principles of animation that spans just about every medium. I have also worked on multiple independent projects ranging from shorts to feature films, which has given me a wealth of practical experience. If you consider yourself a fun and creative person and have an interest in animation or design, then I would love to work with you to develop your skills. Perhaps you're more interested in Hollywood-style special effects, in which case I can teach you many of the secrets of ...

Emily S. Richmond Hill, NY

I've created many animations in the context of video games as a professional artist, having worked in ToonBoom, GIMP and Photoshop. I specialize in character animations, mostly humans and animals.

My goal is to focus on the study of motion and help the student implement their own skills in drawing and observation.
I can also help the student build a portfolio in preparation for college or applying for companies (games, animation studios).

I've graduated with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University, and worked for Disney Research for a year and a half.

About Emily

I've been working professionally as an artist since 2009, making graphics and illustrations for clients and having worked for Disney Research for just over a year. I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in 2012. I'm currently a freelance artist, but I'd also love to contribute to the art education community by inspiring and instructing anyone who wants to learn. I specialize in drawing/illustration, digital painting, and 2D animation, mostly in the context of video games (with 2D graphics). I can also give advice in the designing of video games as well as marketing them. My hope and mission is to successfully distribute my knowledge, skills and experience to anyone who wants to acquire them. Thank you for your interest!


Subbu P. March 11, 2015
Cartooning · Online
Verified Student
Emily is excellent teacher and my kids are really loved her lessons. She explains clearly to kids and encourage kids to express their opinion. I saw great improvement in my kids drawing. Initially I was skeptical how online drawing lessons could be effective. I would like to thank you Emily for making drawing lessons effective and fun.
Samuel F. February 5, 2015
Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Verified Student
Emily is a great teacher, and also she is a very talented artist. Her classes are working really well for me at my skill level. She is very patient and dedicated, she really goes at of the way trying to answer all questions I have, even if she has no immediate answer for me, she takes note of it and she answers during next session.
Learning Photoshop with Emily is been great and also fun!, looking forward to my next classes.
Gilbert M. Anaheim, CA

The Ability to teach and mentor both traditional 2D Animation and 3D Animation

About Gilbert

I have worked for many Colleges and Kids Sports organizations. I have been background checked many times. I also teach kids of many ages at The Arbor Learning Center home schooling group. Mr. M. is a CG artist. Like many, his love for art started in grade school and evolved in high school. While running his own T-Shirt Design company, "Extreme Limitations", he was able to quickly see the power of design, layout, color, and typography. With over twenty years of experience in Graphic Design, Illustration, Prototype Design, Game Art, and Motion Graphics, Mr. M. now spends his time teaching students in many different graphic disciplines. He has been at Norco College since 2006 teaching 3D Modeling, Animation, Beginning and Advanced Photoshop, Illustrator, Digital Sculpting and ...


Teresa M. November 20, 2014
Adobe Photoshop · In studio
I have had the pleasure of taking several classes from Gil; Illustrator, Advanced Photoshop, 3D Modeling to name a few. As an older student in classrooms full of younger students, I can certainly recommend Gil's ability to teach any age group. He has the patience to walk students through techniques and procedures despite any lack of skill. At the same time, he is quick to challenge those students who skillfully grasp concepts and are ready to move on. The atmosphere he provides is warm and encouraging. There are so many techniques I am continue to use thanks to Gil's instruction!
Robert H. November 19, 2014
Adobe Photoshop · In studio
During my time at Norco College, I had the pleasure of taking quite a few classes with Gil. I'm not know to be the best kind of student, I don't do well in classroom structures, but Gil's class was one of the few I was able to stay focused and do well in.

He has a great way of teaching that actually allows you to learn and have fun at the same time. He knows what he is doing and that shows, plus instead of just telling us to read this chapter or go to this page and follow the instructions, he will be more hands on and show us what to do and where to go and he did his best to help each student individually and help push their limits to make some amazing pieces of work.

I've learned a lot and still use a lot of the techniques from those classes, definitely the best teacher I ever had to date. So take it from me, if you get the chance to ever have Gil as a teacher, don't pass it up.
Chelsea G. November 14, 2014
Video Game Art · In studio
I have actually taken quite a few classes that were taught by Gil. I always have found him to be a super helpful teacher and always looked forward to going to his classes because the atmosphere always felt really warm to me, especially compared to a lot of other classes I have taken; he really wants to help students learn. I really like his teaching techniques, which involves more teaching from experience than “here have a book follow these step-by-step instructions.” Everything I have taken away from Gil’s classes has helped me become much more efficient, as well as a better artist. I’d recommend him as a teacher to anyone.

carla V.

Culver City, CA
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Anaheim, CA
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Glendale, CA
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carla V. Culver City, CA

Animation is my passion! I have dedicated my life to perfecting my craft.

About Carla

Hey everyone! My name is Carla V. and I have a BFA in computer animation from California College of the Arts. Currently I am pursuing my Single Subject Credential in Art from Cal State Long Beach, and am very excited to become a full time High School teacher. I began teaching while I was still in High school at a local preschool that needed an art program. Throughout college I taught ESL and art through community outreach programs, and most recently I completed a TEFL certification program through the Oxford Seminars here in Los Angeles. I am very passionate about teaching! I speak four languages, have traveled the world and am very passionate about life in general. I like rock climbing, crafts, and going on adventures :)

Kevin S. Anaheim, CA

So you want to be an animator? See if you've got what it takes.

I've been teaching computer animation to high school students for 5 years, using open-source (free) tools available for both PC and Apple computers.

I will cover the basics of modelling, surfaces, texturing, rigging, animation and compositing. To cover the entire course material takes about 8 one-hour lessons, at the end of which you will have created your very own animated short film.

If you have ever dreamed of a career in animation this would be a great place to get started. Other than having access to a computer, there are no expensive tools to purchase. Your completed animated project would be a great start to your demo reel.

About Kevin

Who is your favorite teacher? What is it about them that appeals to you? For me, the teachers I am most able to connect with are those that could make the subject matter relevant to me. They can explain new concepts to me in a language that I can understand and show me why it matters, how it can be useful. I have made this my teaching philosophy. Make the material attainable, relevant and useful. I make an effort to understand where my students are, find a common point from which to start then present the material with lots of real-world examples and exercises which will get my students excited to learn more. I have a strong passion for teaching and am energized by the enthusiasm of my students. I discovered and nurtured my passion for teaching when I became an adjunct instructor


Bob W. February 14, 2015
WordPress · In studio
While I was going to Front Range Community College Kevin was one of my favorite teachers. His lessons gave me the knowledge I needed to be competitive in today's job market. He is patient and willing to go the extra mile to be sure you have what it takes to succeed. He uses multiple techniques to educate to better fit the needs of the student. I found that Kevin could break down complex ideas into more manageable pieces that I could easily understand. Bottom line Kevin is one of the best in the business and he wants to share his knowledge with his students.
Stephen D. February 13, 2015
PHP · In studio
I had the absolute pleasure of taking a PHP course at Front Range Community College, in Fort Collins, CO. Kevin was very knowledgeable about the subject matter and displayed a passion for both the subject and ensuring that his students were able to understand. He was patient with those that struggled and took the time necessary to help us. He also challenged us to discover solutions to complex problems and was very open to student input.
Marie B. Glendale, CA

I have worked in the animation industry for over 20 years. With experience in 2D traditional animation, I have been teaching computer animation for 12 years. I taught over one hundred talented Artists at the Walt Disney Animation Studio in Burbank, mainly Maya, some proprietary software and Harmony.

Where most of my classes were taught to groups, I have also taught customized one-on-one classes to Visual development Artists, Art Directors, Animators, Directors, Story Artists, etc. I can teach you the fundamentals of 3D animation and what to expect in the animation industry, from my experience at one of the most high profile company in the industry. I can't wait to share my expertise. Here's what I can teach:

-Fundamentals of 3D
-Basic Modeling
-Basic to advanced Animation (Editing with curves)
-Basic character rigging
-Basic materials and shading
-Animation production pipeline (The making of a animated film, from Visual development to compositing and lighting)

About Marie

I have worked in Animation for over 20 years, from traditional 2D animation to computer, initially in Canada, in Montreal, more precisely. In '97, I was hired by the Walt Disney Animation Studio to train their animators on the computer. I taught computer animation software, mainly Maya, and Photoshop to hundreds of talented artists here in Burbank. I was also creating and writing teaching materials, so I am well versed in Word, and Illustrator. I really enjoy teaching, but after years of teaching animation software, I craved teaching something more meaningful, that wouldn't just help people in their career, but in every aspect of their life. This is where Life Coaching got my attention. Through coaching, I can have a real positive impact in the world, one person at a time. My other ...

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