This page communicates our continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic for students/parents of students planning on attending sessions of the Animation Portfolio Workshop.

Since we hold our classes in Toronto, Canada we refer to Toronto Public Health every day for the latest information. Please continue to check back regularly for updates as circumstances can change daily.


NEW APW Online

The entire APW team is in full production mode, moving our comprehensive portfolio preparation program online. APW Online will offer students the closest possible experience to attending in person and will deliver exactly the same carefully-honed curriculum we have been teaching for 20 years.

Sessions will be live and interactive, with demonstrations and personal feedback from our instructors. Students will learn how to improve their observational drawing skills through a variety of approaches and will prepare a portfolio of their very best drawings to submit to animation schools in time for 2021 deadlines. There will be 38 six-hour classes over a four-month period, available in two time zones. Each class will be broken down into 2 three-hour sections, with a one-hour break in between them.

Students will receive a list of supplies and resources needed to set up an APW workspace at home. We will walk them through the setup process in an orientation session before classes commence.

APW Online fees will be announced shortly. Space is limited.

If you would like to be put on our waiting list, please click here to preregister.

For further information please contact Bernadette at Bernadette@animationportfolioworkshop.com or 647-960-2611

Launch dates TBA

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Please click the links for the new schedule

Session I 2020Revised Class Schedule

Summer Intensive 2020Revised Class Schedule

Summer Boot Camps 2020Cancelled

Art School Portfolio Preparation Course – Cancelled




I’ve signed up for APW. Are you still open for business?
Yes. As a safety precaution, we have suspended open life drawing sessions and cancelled the APW March Break Animation Boot Camp May Session. Revised schedules have been created in the event that class start dates have to be adjusted to accommodate Toronto Public Health concerns about the safety of public gatherings in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Any schedule changes will be posted as they are confirmed to adapt to the ongoing situation.

Is it safe in Toronto
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is monitoring the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. The current policy across Ontario is social distancing, working from home and 14-day self-quarantine for confirmed or suspected cases, in order to slow the spread of the virus.

Do you have online classes available?
Yes. Online classes will be launched as part of our strategy to continue to offer our regular APW sessions for the 2020/21 term

How have APW Schedules been affected?
Information regarding the class schedules for all APW 2020/21 courses will be regularly updated as circumstances require with respect to the evolving COVID-19 Pandemic situation in Toronto.

Travel Advice
The border between Canada and the U.S. will be temporarily closed to non-essential traffic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday, March 18.

For up to date information read the March 17 Statement from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health or read previous statements. Watch the City’s daily media briefings live Monday to Friday at 3:45 p.m.

Schedule Updates
Please check the revised schedules for both Session 1 and Summer Intensive 2020 courses

Session I (Sep – Feb) – Revised Class Schedule

Summer Intensive (July – Jan) – Revised Class Schedule

Summer Boot Camps – Cancelled

Art School Portfolio Preparation Course – Cancelled

Are Session I and Session II in 2020 combined to make up one class?
No. They are two separate classes in two separate classrooms with their own instructor and TA and a maximum of 24 paid students.

Will online courses be available to anyone?

Do I get a full refund if classes are cancelled due to ongoing restrictions for large gatherings during the COVID pandemic in the summer or fall of 2020?
Yes, in the event that APW has to cancel classes due to the ongoing restrictions around large groups assembling for this purpose you will get a full refund.

You will NOT get a refund if you are sick or if we simply have to move the start date of the classes at our physical location as we will be able to deliver enough of the course content online and the value will be equivalent to the classroom content.


We acknowledge that the safety and health of our students, instructors, models and APW team is connected to the safety and health of our city. APW is very grateful for the tireless work on the part of Toronto Public Health.


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