Animation Curriculum 1

This video outlines the basic principles of animation including movement, timing, weight, and personality, as well as strategies for storytelling like exaggeration and anticipation. Historical animators and their role in developing the field of animation are discussed, as are essential skills like line, color, and gesture that are necessary to be an animator. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Deepti Menon.

Video Walkthrough

  • Movement
  • Timing
  • Weight
  • Personality
  • Walk Cycle
  • Disney’s 12 Principles of Animation
  • 3 Animation Principles
  • Animation History
  • Foundation Skills
  • Animals
  • Gesture Drawing
  • Human Figure
  • Lighting
  • Backgrounds

Resources

The complete Animation for Self-taught Artists Curriculum document links to every video that expands on the topics touched here.

Full Curriculum

Overview · Animation 1 · Animation 2

Animators Mentioned

  • The Brothers Quay
  • Sally Cruikshank
  • Bill Plympton
  • Nina Paley
  • Norman McLaren
  • Sean Lark Reece
  • Simon Ritter von Stampfer
  • Lotte Reiniger
  • Émile Cohl
  • Alexandre Alexeieff & Claire Parker
  • Oskar Fischinger
  • Faith & John Hubley
  • Mary Ellen Bute
  • Don Hertzfeldt
  • Jan Švankmajer
  • Matthias Brown
  • Evelyn Lambart
  • Joan C. Gratz
  • William Kentridge
  • Suzan Pitt

TV Shows Mentioned

  • Adventure Time
  • Popeye the Sailor
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show
  • Looney Tunes
  • Sledgehammer
  • The Powerpuff Girls
  • South Park
  • The Boondocks
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Samurai Jack
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Æon Flux

Books Mentioned

Films Mentioned

  • The Wrong Trousers
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Skeleton Dance
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Yellow Submarine
  • I Can Remember, Jim Simon
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Hercules
  • Fantasia
  • The Boy and the World
  • The Illusionist
  • Kirikou and the Sorceress
  • The Triplets of Belleville
  • Persepolis
  • Song of the Sea
  • For the Birds
  • Ponyo
  • The Rabbi’s Cat
  • Up
  • The Secret of Kells
  • WALL-E
  • Children of the Sea
  • Spirited Away
  • Akira
  • Princess Mononoke,
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse