The Fine Art of Handmade Animated Film

Summer 2014 quarter (Session I)

Taught by

experimental animation, media studies, visual arts

In direct animation, a century-old camera-less form, artists use painting, scratching and myriad techniques not recommended by manufacturers to animate on motion picture film. It is an analog art offering experiential escape from increasingly digital visual cultures. In this intensive hands-on class students will practice numerous methods of direct animation including darkroom hand-processing, and invent their own techniques to create lots of footage in a short time, while studying genre masters like Len Lye, Norman McLaren, and Barbel Neubauer. Final culminating projects will explore analog and digital methods for publicly presenting students' work in a grand, celebratory projection performance extravaganza.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

media arts, visual arts, education

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: 9a-5p Tue/Thurs (Jun. 24 - Jul. 24)


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 20


Course Reference Number

First Session (8 credits): 40056

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