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    Animation Portfolio Workshop

    Hi Folks.

    I'm posting info here about the upcoming session of the Animation Portfolio Workshop, and our new website.

    Thanks to Jason for steering me in the right direction in terms of where to post this info.


    2010/11 Animation Portfolio Workshop Session

    Our next session begins on Saturday, May 1st, 2010 and runs until Saturday, February 26, 2011.

    Each Session lasts 38 weeks.
    Each week there are two 3 hour classes for a total of 228 hours of instruction.
    Classes are one day per week on the weekend.


    Location: Near Bathurst/St. Clair Ave.W. area at either #354 St. Clair Ave. W. or #729 St. Clair Ave. W. in Toronto, ON.

    Hours: 11am 6pm with a one hour break in the middle.

    You can get more detailed information about the program, the students who take our program and have a look at some of our student portfolios by visiting our new website:

    http://www.animationportfolioworkshop.com/

    Of special interest on the site is the video page:

    http://www.animationportfolioworksho...tch-the-videos

    which has a selection of videos of people who share their experiences of either taking the Workshop, receiving portfolios from Workshop students, or as being a parent of a Workshop student.

    Hope you enjoy the site.


    Gerard Sternik / Director / Animation Portfolio Workshop

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    Hi Gerrard.

    Would you be able to give more information as to what happens in the classes. What types of things you'd focus on. Any modules that would be covered?

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    Animation Portfolio Workshop

    Hi Ardescoere.

    Yes I'd be happy to give you some info about what we're up to....

    Basically, the Workshop is designed to train students in putting together portfolios for the animation school(s) that they wish to try and enter.

    So for example,let's say that we have a student who wants to get into either the Sheridan animation program, the Seneca animation program or the Vancouver film school program.
    All these schools will require a certain number of life drawings, object drawings , room drawings etc....
    There are obviously some variations in requirements depending on the school...so for example , Sheridan wants to see a storyboarding sequence and Seneca doesn't...but generally there are a lot of similarities between all of the required pieces.

    Knowing that the fundamental requirements for most of the animation school portfolios are the same: i.e. life drawing and drawing for animation,we have structured the Workshop around 2 courses...Life Drawing For Animation and Drawing For Animation.



    In The Life Drawing for Animation class, the students spend their first 19 weeks focussing on building the specific skill set required to meet the demands of the life drawing/observational drawing section of whatever portfolio(s) they are working on.
    They will study gesture, contour, shape, skeletal anatomy, mass construction, and most importantly, how to get all of this to work in one drawing.
    In the Drawing For Animation class the same pattern occurs, but added to the classes on gesture are classes in visualization, perspective, character design, layout, basic story telling for storyboarding, basic shape / plane development, etc.

    In the final 19 weeks of the Workshop, the students spend their time applying all of these skills to the creation of each individual portfolio piece.
    Our students draw and re-draw each of the pieces for their portfolio(s) until they arrive at the best possible result by the deadline.
    We also focus on the presentation of the portfolio itself and on making sure that the students give exactly what's being required of them by the program(s) they're interested in attending.

    I think that perhaps what sets us apart from other programs is that we have zeroed in on training our students to develop the type of drawing required for the animation school portfolio..... which we refer to as a "hybrid".

    In effect,this means that although all the basic principles of good observational drawing are required to draw well for the animation portfolio, the balancing of these principles in various combinations, depending on what you're drawing is different in the animation portfolio, compared to say a portfolio for an illustration course, or a fine art course
    Short (timewise) gestural drawings that posess an ability to depict clear structure and volume, with a flowing and believable sense of action, are the mainstay of most animation portfolio life drawing sections, whereas in an illustration portfolio, longer more sustained life drawings are encouraged and acceptable.
    There is definitely what I would describe as a unique "flavour" to the drawing language that students are being asked to demonstrate in the animation portfolio, and we have chosen to focus all of our energy on learning to speak this language fluently enough, to impress the animators looking at our students work.

    I hope this helps.

    If you like I can put you in touch with some of our students, to help give you a better understanding of what we do, than my brief offering here.

    Thanks for your inquiry.


    Gerard Sternik / Director / Animation Portfolio Workshop

    http://www.animationportfolioworkshop.com/

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    Animation Portfolio Workshop Information session at Sheridan College

    Hi Folks...
    I forgot to include this in my previous post......

    There will be an information session at Sheridan College on April 7 2010 in the Art Fundamentals wing of the college in room A-107 from 11am to 12pm.

    The session is meant to provide information to any students interested in attending the upcoming 2010/2011 Animation Portfolio Workshop.
    We'll be talking about the Workshop program content, viewing portfolios and offering a chance for students attending the info session to meet former Workshop students currently attending the Sheridan Animation Program.


    Gerard Sternik / Director / Animation Portfolio Workshop

    http://www.animationportfolioworkshop.com/

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    Animation Portfolio Workshop on YouTube

    Hi Folks.

    We have launched a channel on YouTube called the APWnetwork.


    Please visit:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/APWnetwork


    The basic idea is to give students who are interested in the Workshop, a chance to listen to other students, parents and educators talk about the Animation Portfolio Workshop, and their experiences with us.

    There are two interviews that will prove very helpful to students interested in the nuts and bolts of making portfolios for animation school....

    Larry DiFlorio, the former director of the Seneca College Animation Arts program, and Brian Lemay, former Coordinator of the Sheridan College Classical Animation Program, share their thoughts on what makes for a good portfolio.

    Also check out animator /storyboard artist Angelo Libutti's interview.
    Angelo studied in my Anatomical Life Drawing class in the Dept. of Gross Anatomy, University of Toronto.
    He shares his insights on what he learned with me, and the experience of training in a classical fashion using the fantastic resourses offered by the Gross Anatomy Department at the University of Toronto.

    Hope this proves helpful


    Gerard Sternik / Director / Animation Portfolio Workshop

    http://www.animationportfolioworkshop.com/

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    Animation portfolio workshop information session at sheridan college

    There will be another public information presentation about the upcoming Animation Portfolio Workshop session that starts up on Saturday May 1 2010.

    The public information meeting will be held at Sheridan College Trafalgar Campus in the Art Fundamentals Department on Wednesday April 14 2010 from 11am to 12pm in room A-107.

    Vincent Peets, Director of the Animation Portfolio Workshop, will be giving this presentation, and will be available to answer questions.

    Former Workshop students will also be present with their portfolios to help students attending this session to get a better understanding of what it takes to make a successful animation school entry level portfolio.

    Gerard Sternik / Director
    Animation Portfolio Workshop

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    http://www.animationportfolioworkshop.com/

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    Animation portfolio review session at Sheridan College

    Vincent Peets, Director of the Animation Portfolio Workshop will be holding an animation portfolio review session at Sheridan College, Trafalgar Campus this Wednesday April 21, 2010 in room A-107 from 11am to 12 noon.
    Students who submitted animation portfolios this year to get into animation programs are invited to bring their portfolios and let Vince give them his opinion on what they've got.
    Vince will be joined by former Animation Portfolio Workshop students currently attending the Sheridan College animation program.

    All are welcome!

    Gerard Sternik / Director

    Animation Portfolio Workshop

    http://www.animationportfolioworkshop.com/

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