Puppet Making for Stop Motion – T2a – Course (SUMMER 2020)

Puppet Making for Stop Motion – T2a – Course (SUMMER 2020)


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Starts July 13th, 2020

Stop Motion Animation Beginners – T2a – Course (Puppet Making)

Foundations of Animation in Stop Motion is a Tier 2a beginners course is a study in Stop Motion Puppet Making. It is designed to enhance and improve the students understanding of characters through the various setups, animation styles, and beginners level puppet building exercises related to body mechanics through the use of a stop motion armatures and design. The course lasts 3 months and upon completion the student will earn their Tier 2a Certification in the “Foundations of Animation in Stop Motion Puppet Building” Certification. This course will allow the student to be eligible for the Tier 2 Certification. There are a total of 3 Tiers in the Beginners series “Foundations of Animation in Stop Motion” Certification offered by Stop Motion University.

Course Description – This course is focused on body mechanics and performance through the use of a stop motion puppet and a thorough overview of the puppet building process. The student will learn to understand the flow and movement of the human body in the form of a stop motion puppet design through video demonstration and class exercises.

Specific Subjects Covered in the Course:

  • History
  • Materials and Tools
  • Pre-Production to Production Overview
  • Character Design
  • Various Armature Building Techniques
  • Clay Puppet Making
  • Build Up Puppet Making
  • Replacement Parts For Animation
  • Facial Expressions
  • Lip-Sync Replacement Animation
  • Ball & Socket Kit Bashing
  • Turning Toys into Puppets
  • Puppet Painting
  • Clothing for Puppets
  • Flow and Movement of the Human Body
  • Flow and Movement of the Animal Body

The completion of the course will earn the student a certificate in The Foundations of Animation at the T2a level. The course 8 weeks and will be conducted online. Students will have access to class forums and mentorship by the instructor. Live lectures meet once a week for 8 weeks and students have access to lesson material for up to 1 year. Complete the course at anytime within that time period and earn your certificate in Beginners Puppet Making!

Location – This course is 100% online and can be taken anywhere that internet access is available.

Requirement – Students are required to have a internet ready device such as a smart phone, tablet, or computer to be able to access the lessons. Students will also need to have access to materials such as wire, fabric, clay, glues, wood, and epoxy putties. To earn the T2a certificate students will have to complete 1 to 3 puppet builds in the 3 to 6 month course term.

ADDED BONUS: All students who pay full tuition also receive access to the Intermediate Puppet Making Course this Fall 2020 at no extra cost!!! 


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