"Working with Gerard and Vince and having them focus my energy and enthusiasm for drawing gave me the start I needed. They knew when to answer questions I had and when I needed the encouragement to continue searching for myself."
Graham Finley - Animation, Pixar Animation Studios
March Break Boot Camp
Animation Basics / Character Construction
March 12th to March 16thRegister
Designing characters and learning the basics of animation to make them come to life. It all starts with drawing and we should know - drawing is all we do. The 2018 March Break Boot Camp is all about animation and characters. This March Break join us for a drawing workout with a skilled personal trainer.
Animation BasicsGet a work out in the basics of hand drawn animation. Simple exercises built on squash and stretch, action breakdown, arcs, timing will help to build a concrete approach to hand-drawn animation. Come prepared to do a lot of drawing.
Character ConstructionDesign and draw animation characters with an inner structure that is flexible and movable. Twist and stretch a character into poses from different angles. Using reference and a live (costumed) model, study existing characters and then learn how to design your very own.
Sophie Alberdingk-ThijmSVA Animation student / Sophie's Portfolio
APW not only changed the way I draw, it made me much more confident and passionate about my art. The structure of the course allowed me to stay on top of my work while preparing my portfolio and the environment created through dedicated instructors and enthusiastic students motivated me to work hard and keep improving. It still surprises me how fast my work began to improve (and continues to!) once I had a grasp of the exercises taught in the course. I’m utterly thrilled to start at SVA (School of Visual Arts) in New York this fall, and forever thankful to my mom for introducing me to this amazing network of friends and teachers.
Patrick Macadat2016 Summer Intensive Student / Patrick's portfolio
I'm from Fort McMurray Alberta. Before the workshop I didn't know how to draw gestures, let alone demonstrate structure. The APW Summer Intensive helped me with that and more. I chose the summer intensive because I'm not close to Toronto so I thought it would be better to complete the workshop within 2 months. I'm super pleased with the course it was beyond my expectations! With the help of APW I've been accepted into Seneca and Sheridan.
Georgia Georgiou2017 APW Student
Taking the workshop was the best decision I ever made for my future and making my dreams come true. No matter how talented you are everyone needs guidance, and that's what the workshop is all about. The teachers are on your side every step of the way encouraging you and teaching you how to really draw. Getting into animation school is the best thing that happened to me and I owe it to the workshop and all the teachers and the entire APW team that helped me get there.
Jibreel Baksh2017 APW Student
Initially, I signed up for the APW expecting to create an animation portfolio... Little did I know, I was embarking on a thrilling and transformative journey towards becoming an artist. As the months passed by, not only did I see considerable improvements in my drawings, it was amazing to be part of an environment that continued to feel more like my second family. Having the help of Josh and his personal feedback skyrocketed my progression forward. From character development and storyboarding to concept designs for layouts - It would have taken me a considerable amount of time to reach this point without the help of Josh and the APW team. I would recommend this workshop to any student looking to achieve a solid foundation in drawing and the motivation and understanding to get there.
Krishma Shinh2017 APW Student
APW was honestly one of the best experiences in my life and I proudly recommend it to every art kid I meet. The environment is just so motivating and the content is so valuable. I'm very thankful to APW teachers: Bernadette, Vince, Sonia, Lindsey, and Gerard. Everyone is so accepting and encouraging. It feels like we're all one big family. Looking back at all the progress I've made since May, I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to grow and develop my skill.
Alex Barnes2017 APW Student
The workshop is a great place to build your roots and get a feel for what is needed for an animation portfolio. With guidance and help from people who really know their stuff!
Mr. Justice Kofi Barnes & Mrs. Beverley Thomas-BarnesAlex Barnes's Parents
Thank you. 24 months ago my son expressed an interest in studying animation. This is a field I knew nothing about and did not understand. So I researched the area thoroughly. I discovered that having the ability to create a top notch portfolio is extremely important. Job prospects are greatly enhanced by attending top-notch schools. You need an excellent portfolio to be successful in the very competitive admission process to the best schools. You need intense training to enhance and hone your skills in order to prepare a portfolio that would get the reviewers attention. Your Animation Portfolio Workshop successfully honed my son's talents. It helped him develop the portfolio required for success and he was admitted into his Animation School of choice. Your dedication to ensuring that your students achieve their highest potential is proven and exemplary. Thank you for helping our son achieve his goal.
Rachel JosephCharacer Designer / Guru Studio
The Animation Portfolio Workshop was one of the greatest experiences of my life as well as one of the best art classes I have ever taken. Every single one of the teachers and TAs helped me greatly improve through the duration of this course. The way everything was taught was so fun and every single teacher was there to help and point you in the right direction when you couldn’t grasp something. One thing I loved about the Workshop was the small tight knit class. Everyone was friends with each other and learned from each other. We were all reaching for the same goal and everyone wanted success for each other. I learned so much and I do not think I would have Improved as much as I had in such a short amount of time. I will use and cherish all the skills The Workshop has taught me for the rest of my life. I miss the experiences of APW so much and would definitely recommend the program to anyone who is interested in pursuing animation as a career!
Tamara Luchtman2017 APW Student
APW's program is a rigorous, challenging and incredibly rewarding experience. The instructors are exceptional in the sense that they adapt to each student's learning style, are encouraging, and make each class fun and engaging. I credit a big part of me getting into animation school to this program and its instructors/TAs
Gabriel ArrellagaAnimation Student at Sheridan Animation / Gabriel's Portfolio
I got accepted to both Sheridan and Seneca, and without the workshop I don´t think I would have had the same results. I came all the way from Paraguay to do this course because I read a lot of great things about it, and I was not disappointed. The instructors are so amazing! They really care about their students and they help us throughout the whole portfolio experience. It´s also great because you make really good friends! I highly recommend taking this course!!
Simona BaranovicovaSeneca Animation Student / Simona's Portfolio
I came to Canada all the way from Slovakia to attend the Animation Portfolio Workshop, and I must say it was well worth it! The atmosphere was great, the classes were filled with fun and we gained so much new knowledge. I just got accepted into the animation program at Seneca College and I know I wouldn’t have been able to do it without taking the workshop. If you’re considering whether to take the classes before applying to school, I say do so! There’s always a lot to learn and here you get all the feedback you need to successfully complete your portfolio.
Raship TrikhaSheridan College Animation student
I'm an international student from Chandigarh, India and I GOT ACCEPTED TO SHERIDAN ANIMATION PROGRAM! ALL THANKS TO THIS WORKSHOP! Its so hard to describe how grateful i was to find this workshop. It has a clear goal and path that makes it even more reliable and appropriate. Once you go through this workshop you won't be able so say goodbye. The skills they teach not only help you build your portfolio but will also help you to survive in the competition you will face. The best thing that i liked was that they focused on drawing skills for the most part without making us worry about the portfolio.They started making us build the portfolio when we had the confidence and skill to do so that made it a lot easier. I would really like to thank the instructors Gerard,Vince and Bernadette who guided us throughout the portfolio days and also the T.As Josh and Lindsey for all the guidance! APW students were in fact the least tensed students out of all the applicants. I would really love to do the whole workshop again and again. Ill highly reccomend it to anyone applying to any animation college or anyone who wants to take their drawings skills to the next level!
Myke BakichStory Artist / Freelance
Working in the animation industry requires more than a handful of skills and abilities. On a daily basis you are required to be quick, confident, committed, careful and provide a high level of quantity and quality work. I was very fortunate to study at the Animation Portfolio Workshop. It instilled in me the dedication and craftsmanship required to develop and use these skills not only as a student, but as a professional. I still use the fundamentals I learned in class at work each day. When it comes to finding success in the workforce you've gotta have the skills to stay employed.
Cristian Caetano2017 APW Student
APW was a lifesaver! Getting ready to apply for animation seemed like a daunting task at first, but Vince, Bernadette Lindsey and Gerard were there every step of the way to aid me in building my portfolio. By the end, I made lots of friends, learned invaluable skills and built an incredible portfolio, all of which I will never forget.
Ken Mi Nakano2016 Winter Intensive Student / Richmond, British Columbia
"APW is an unforgettable experience which I would highly recommend to anyone interested. The confidence gained and techniques learned are truly invaluable, I felt like a part of a family. When I heard about APW's Winter Intensive, I cut my vacation overseas short to attend and would gladly do it again!, I consider my time there a keystone moment in my life. I'm still shocked at how much I improved in such little time. I was often denied entry into art programs during my time in highschool, but with APW, I was able to enter the school of my choice (Capilano University). Words cannot describe how thankful I am to the team at APW. As the Japanese proverb goes; Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher."