Patrick O'Keefe

Patrick O'Keefe

Art Director Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse / Sony Pictures Animation

Moving into films and working digitally, even building these crazy video game worlds all came from an understanding of drawing and design that I learned at Animation Portfolio Workshop which changed the way I look at the world and taught me how to express my creative ideas. Happy 20th APW!

Werner Zimmermann

Werner Zimmermann

Life Drawing Instructor / Seneca College Animation

Congratulations on 20 years! It definitely says something about your program and the care with which it is delivered to every student enrolled. I see the results come into my classes and can only say - here's to your next 20!

Toon Boom Animation

Toon Boom Animation

Animation Production Software / Bring Your Stories To Life

As proud sponsors of APW's Character Design Contest for 5 years running, we wish the Animation Portfolio Workshop a happy 20th anniversay! Best of luck to all contest entrants this year!

Geordie Millar

Geordie Millar

Life Drawing Instructor / Sheridan Animation

Toronto houses some of the busiest animation studios and post-productrion companies in the nation. For 20 years APW has been one of the best ways of entering this world. They've consistently supported students with the most essential skills as well as developing mentoring & teaching abilities in their own students. APW instils real positivity and a proud, open outlook that always shines as their students enter College/University programs and on to the competitive creative workplace. Congratulations to APW on 20 years of bringing the best out in their grads! Here's to 20 more!

Brad Prescott, Founder, Animation Career Review

Brad Prescott, Founder, Animation Career Review

“Congratulations on 20 years of helping aspiring animators achieve their dreams."

Congratulations to APW on their anniversary: 20 years of preparing young people for creative careers in one of Canada's most important industries!

Brian Hladin

Brian Hladin

Figure Drawing Professor / Sheridan College

A big happy birthday congrats to everyone at APW for their first 20 years of excellence! Cheers!

Anime North

Anime North

Canada's top not-for-profit Fan Event / Anime North

Anime North sends Animation Portfolio Workshop all the best wishes as you celebrate your 20th anniversary of continuing to teach and support young students in developing their artistic skills and helping them along their educational path. Good going in the future!

Stephanie Ramone

Stephanie Ramone

Storyboard Artist / 9 Story Media Group

Merry Birthday wishes to the fine folks at APW. You helped me to achieve my animation dreams. Here's to another 20 doing the same for many more!

Angelo Libutti

Angelo Libutti

Story Artist, 2D, 3D Animator, Director / Animation & Live Action

Happy Birthday Animation Portfolio Workshop! Love ya and keep on doing such a great job!

Sarah Jargstorf

Sarah Jargstorf

Layout Artist / Pixomondo

Happy 20th birthday APW! It feels like just yesterday I was trekking my newsprint and chalk across town for life drawing. Big congrats to the whole APW crew!

Kaja Blackley

Kaja Blackley

Canadian writer and illustrator / Maggie MacCormack And The Witches' Wheel

Happy 20th APW! May you continue to educate and inspire art students for many years to come!

Sonia Furier

Sonia Furier

Story Artist / Jam Filled Entertainment

APW has been like a second home to me throughout my high school, college and finally my professional years. It's a place where I gained a strong drawing foundation, which serves me professionally everyday. I am so grateful and proud to be a part of APW's community - Happy 20th APW!

Mark Thurman

Mark Thurman

Professor Figure/Anatomy / Sheridan College

Have a happy 20th anniversay APW! You've done an excellent job helping to educate students with learning how to draw and become prepared for their future lives as animation students and professional animators. I've seen this demonstrated in the APW grads who have been my first year Figure Drawing students at Sheridan College Animation. Best wishes for continued success for many years to come.

 


 

Graham Finley

Graham Finley

Animator / Pixar Animation

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.

Patrick O’Keefe

Patrick O’Keefe

Art Director Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse / Sony Pictures Animation

APW was a major catalyst in forming my passion and skills as a young artist. It helped me to build a strong foundation that went far beyond getting into the college of my choosing and sustains my work ethic today as a professional concept artist in the entertainment industry.

Kathy De-Oliviera

Kathy De-Oliviera

Parent of Autumn De Oliviera Summer Intensive grad / Atlanta Georgia

It has been our daughter’s dream to attend Sheridan college since she was a freshman in high school. She was devastated when she applied in her senior year and did not get in. We found APW online and were impressed with the artwork of it’s graduates. Our daughter’s art improved SO MUCH during the program. The friends and mentors she met and the skills she learned were more than she could have asked for. She reached her goal of being accepted into Sheridan. It would have been impossible without APW. 1000% all true…we are grateful for you all!!

Animation Career Review

Animation Career Review

/ Animation Career Review

The rest of the world would do well to recognize the importance of this school.

Krishma Shinh

Krishma Shinh

2017 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.

Lynn Dana Wilton

Lynn Dana Wilton

Animator / Stop Motion

APW has raised the bar when it comes to nurturing the next generation of artists and consistently getting the right tools into their heads, hands, & hearts.

Rachel Joseph

Rachel Joseph

Character 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!

Jim Zubkavich

Jim Zubkavich

Writer and Artist / Program Coordinator Seneca Animation / Zub Tales

APW student portfolios showcase skills that are crucial to succeeding in the industry – high quality figure drawing and a clear understanding of proportion, volume, and gesture. They give their students a solid drawing foundation perfect for building a successful creative career.

Myke Bakich

Myke Bakich

Story 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.

Mitch Yager

Mitch Yager

Animator / Sony Imageworks

APW gave me the knowledge I needed to pursue my dream job. I still use the fundamentals from this program every day at work. These guys know what they are talking about and I really don't think I would have got this far without their help.

Lisa Wang

Lisa Wang

Animator / Method Studios

The instructors at APW are very dedicated and attentive. Not only did I learn to draw, they also taught me how to see form, structure, and think and draw in 3D space. The skills I learned at APW have been extremely helpful through all four years in animation at Sheridan College.

Claudio Gonzalez

Claudio Gonzalez

Creature Cloth TD / Weta Digital, New Zealand

"The Animation Portfolio Workshop was instrumental in getting me into Seneca's animation course. I joined as an amateur artist with zero knowledge of anatomy, and left a professional with a strong understanding of the human body. My sketchbook improved exponentially after the year I spent at APW. Gerard and Vince were incredibly patient with us and took the extra time needed to help us expand our abilities. I can easily say that without the APW, I would not be where I am today, working as a Creature Cloth TD at Weta Digital. Thank you Gerard and Vince!"

Joseph Lague

Joseph Lague

Lead Rigger, Cel Action 2D / Industrial Brothers

Animation Portfolio Workshop is the catalyst that launched my career. They successfully taught me the skills to succeed in animation school and beyond. I've been working nonstop for almost 9 years now in Toronto and I am always bumping into successful APW graduates.

Ken Wong

Ken Wong

Illustrator / Freelance Artist

During the Summer Intensive program with Gerard and Vince gesture drawing became extremely important to me as an artist. It not only changed the way I think about posing a character, but also gave me the most appropriate method to bring characters to life. Surprisingly, the skill set I was taught in APW still helps me to develop my own drawing style and career now!

Paul Guenette

Paul Guenette

Animator

"It's hard to believe that you started this more than 10 years ago". Most of your former students that I've worked with have been some of the best animators. I could also be biased because I was one of the first students. I owe you guys so much. Thanks."

Shen-Howe Lee

Shen-Howe Lee

UX and UI Designer / One Net Marketing

The APW was a great investment. Gerard and Vince helped me to put together a great portfolio that got me accepted into the Seneca Animation program. Moreover, their community of teachers, students, and alumni provided a lot of support and motivation on my journey to becoming a production artist. I highly recommend APW for anyone who's goal is to work in the TV/FILM or video game industry as an artist.

Gabriel Arrellaga

Gabriel Arrellaga

Animation 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!!

Niko Powell

Niko Powell

Animation Student at Sheridan Animation / Niko's Portfolio

APW changed my life. I am proud and so grateful to have been introduced to the world of professional Art. I have learned so much from my amazing teachers: Gerard, Bernadette, and Vince. It has opened up a wide world for me to hone my own artistic talent. They break your drawing down to the bottom so that you can build it up again as a stronger artist in every aspect. I can’t recommend APW enough, it has helped me in so many ways and anyone hoping to go into Illustration, Animation or any of the arts should definitely go through this amazing course full of amazing and inspiring people.

Simona Baranovicova

Simona Baranovicova

Seneca 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.

 Božena Baranovičová

Božena Baranovičová

Slovakia / Simona Baranovicova's Mom

After our daughter Simona came to Canada from Slovakia and completed this workshop we saw great progress in her drawing skills. We are proud that thanks to the Animation Portfolio Workshop and her own enthusiasm she got into the school of her dreams. We thank the whole APW team for the help and support they have shown our daughter! Slovak: Po tom, čo sa naša dcéra Simona zúčastnila na tomto kurze sme u nej videli veľké pokroky v kreslení a sme hrdí na to, že sa vďaka nemu a vlastnej zanietenosti dostala na školu svojich snov. Ďakujeme celému APW tímu za pomoc a podporu ktorú prejavili našej dcére!

Raship Trikha

Raship Trikha

Sheridan 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!

Gianna Marks

Gianna Marks

Sheridan College Animation student

I would like to thank all the instructors at the APW for teaching me so much. The drawing experience that I gained at the workshop was beyond what I could have hoped for. This course not only allowed me to produce a competitive portfolio, but it reawakened in me a love for drawing, and a desire to draw. I had never done life drawing before, but the workshop made me fall in love with it, and I wanted to do it as often as possible. It was an amazing experience to see my skills and those of my friends get better with time. The teachers encouraged us to work hard and not to settle for anything. Great animation does not come from just doing the minimum. You have to continuously refine your skills, and the workshop helped me to see that. By the end of the workshop I made some incredible friends who all had the same interests as me. It was a class that I will never forget, and I encourage anyone who loves animation and loves drawing to take this course. You will learn skills that will stay with you in whatever field of art you choose to study.

Diane Cousins

Diane Cousins

Sheridan College Animation Student

APW is an experience I will never forget. There are so many amazing people there that can help you improve. They became like a family to me and were nothing but supportive and encouraging. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who loves drawing and needs an extra boost to help them either with drawing or with building their portfolio. I started at a lower level and finished with such improvement thanks to this helpful program. You will get the help you need here and you will learn a lot from some amazing people. Animation Portfolio Workshop has people with experience that you can talk to, ask questions and share any concerns you might have. I can't thank APW enough.

Carlos Schvepper

Carlos Schvepper

Character Animator / DHX Media Vancouver, B.C.

"Como minha experiência em direção a animação profissional, o Animation Portfolio Workshop foi um excelente primeiro passo. Quando ainda morava no Brasil, não tive a oportunidade de fazer desenho artístico e precisei começar praticamente do zero - e o preparo que a APW me ofereceu foi imprescindível para que eu pudesse ingressar na faculdade. Os professores são atenciosos e conhecem nao só a arte mas também a indústria, o que ajuda na hora de avaliar resultados e objetivos. Recomendo a qualquer um que queira tentar as escolas de arte canadenses ou queira melhorar o desenho e olhar artístico. Se eu pudesse, faria o curso novamente!"

 


 

Alisen Montoya

Alisen Montoya

APW Character Design Contest winner 2017 / Alisen's portfolio

Good news: I got accepted to both Seneca and Sheridan for animation! I just want to thank APW so much for helping me. I owe the APW team so much for helping me to become a better artist. The guidance you guys gave me made all the difference in whether I got into the programs.

Cathy Nguyen

Cathy Nguyen

2018 APW grad

APW was such a genuinely wonderful experience, and I owe much of my success to it. The people you meet, both instructors and peers, are all so supportive and provide an atmosphere that fosters artistic growth and confidence. They’ll teach you, they’ll encourage you, and they’ll help you find a focus in your hard work. You leave the workshop with a solid base of foundational skills that you’ll carry with you regardless of what path you’ll take. I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing visual arts to be part of APW if they have the opportunity!

Sophie Alberdingk-Thijm

Sophie Alberdingk-Thijm

SVA Animation APW grad / 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 Macadat

Patrick Macadat

2016 Summer Intensive grad / 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.

Luna Skeet Browning

Luna Skeet Browning

Summer Intensive grad

“I am eternally grateful for all that APW has done for me. It has given me an unbeatable drawing education, the most humble and dedicated teachers that I’ve ever met, lifelong friends, and perhaps most importantly of all, a new home. Through it I have grown exponentially not only as an artist, but as a person as well.”

Jibreel Baksh

Jibreel Baksh

2017 APW grad

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 Shinh

Krishma Shinh

2017 APW grad

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 Barnes

Alex Barnes

2017 APW grad

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-Barnes

Mr. Justice Kofi Barnes & Mrs. Beverley Thomas-Barnes

Alex 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.

Georgia Georgiou

Georgia Georgiou

2017 APW grad

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.

Rachel Joseph

Rachel Joseph

Characer 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!

Gabriel Arrellaga

Gabriel Arrellaga

APW grad / 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 Baranovicova

Simona Baranovicova

APW grad / 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.

Tamara Luchtman

Tamara Luchtman

2017 APW grad

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

Raship Trikha

Raship Trikha

APW grad

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 Bakich

Myke Bakich

Story 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 Caetano

Cristian Caetano

2017 APW grad

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 Nakano

Ken Mi Nakano

2016 Winter Intensive grad / 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."

Ethan Chouinard

Ethan Chouinard

2018 Summer Intensive grad

Thanks to everyone at APW, I've just received a conditional acceptance into my program of choice, Bachelor of Animation at Sheridan! I wanted to say how wonderful it's been to have gotten this opportunity and I owe so much of it to APW.

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