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Traditional Animation

Updated: June 3, 2014

Traditional Animation Camp

July 21-25, 2014


Program Limited to 12 students
Number of openings:  0 spots left

Summer Animation Camp for High School Students

Open to High School Students Grades 9 through 12 or Recent Graduates Looking at College Options

Also Available - Week II: Digital Animation Workshop, July 28 - Aug. 1, 2014




From Disney to anime, this week of animation camp covers the classic techniques that are still used today in the animation industry.  Students begin by creating animations for a 19th century animation device called a Zoetrope. This allows them to learn a little of the history and the principles that make animation possible.

Students then go on to learn classic hand-drawn techniques. They will develop their cartooning skills and learn the storyboarding process. Believable movement will be created by studying momentum and observing actual motion. Techniques for creating personality and emotion will be explored.

The second half will focus on stop-motion animation. Students will learn professional Dragonframe stop motion software (www.dragonframe.com).  Focus will be on animation timing techniques. Students will design their own clay characters then bring them to life as part of a production team.

At the end of the week students will have created a series of short films and experiments for portfolio inclusion.



Professor Pahl Hluchan studied animation at Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating, he worked in video production for five years. He also acted as art director and head puppet designer on a series of children's programs.

In 1992, he left video production to study painting at Yale University. He was awarded the George R. Bunker Prize for excellence in painting and printmaking. Since graduating Yale, he taught at Southern Connecticut State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Dartmouth and University of the Arts. For the past 14 years he taught at the Delaware College of Art and Design where he created and ran the animation department.

Commuter Student Tuition

includes lunch

*Resident Student Tuition

*Students must be at least 16 years of age to live on campus in a residence hall.

includes room and three meals per day

Registration Form

Participation Agreement (All registered students will need to complete the participation agreement.)

Also Available - Week II: Digital Animation Workshop - July 28 to Aug. 1, 2014

Call 412-392-3456

  Also see B.A. in animation and visual effects program