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ODA 010-F20 | Animated GIFs: Bringing Illustrations to Life

ODA 010-F20 | Animated GIFs: Bringing Illustrations to Life

10/7-10/28 Online

Maximum Enrollment: 0 LBS

Course Description

meca-gif-example.gifGIFs are the shortest form of animation. Despite their small size these looping animations can pack a lot of meaning and content into a few seconds. If you are looking to dip your toes into the field of animation, an illustrator looking to add motion to your work, or simply looking to learn something new, this course will help you develop the skills you need to create a short animation using Photoshop. 

In this Zoom-based class students will learn how to use traditional animation techniques to create animated GIFs with Photoshop. Each week of the course you will progress through a different step in the process of creating an animation. You will plan out the timing and motion of your animation using an animatic, establish the look of your animation by illustrating style frames, and put everything together by drawing each frame of your animation in Photoshop.

Self-paced learning - centered around video lessons and handouts - will be supplemented by weekly video conferences to share and discuss work. 

4 sessions:
Wednesdays, October 7 - 28
7:30-8:15 pm

Registrations for this class end on Friday October 2nd at 10am.  

Tuition: $150

CEUs: n/a



Dylan Fruh is a multimedia artist educator specializing in video art and printmaking. In his personal artistic practice Dylan combines digital and analog processes to create videos and animations using printed materials. Dylan is a graduate from the Maine College of Art with an MAT in art education, and also holds a BA in Studio Art from Vassar College. Dylan has designed and facilitated workshops through a number of Portland area schools and arts organizations including SPACE Gallery, LearningWorks, and the Portland Museum of Art. Dylan is currently the K-8 art teacher at Princeton Friends School.


  • Computer with webcam, microphone and internet connection for video conferencing
  • Drawing tablet (Anything that lets you draw on your computer with a stylus will work. The Huion Inspiroy 640P and the VEIKK A30 are two more affordable examples),
  • Adobe Photoshop (This is a subscription service. You will need access to Photoshop for the entire duration of the class. Adobe offers a variety of plans that give you access to Photoshop here. If you only want photoshop for the duration of the class I suggest selecting the month to month Photoshop plan at $31.50/mo, which you can cancel at any time. If you are ok with committing to a year long contract the Photography plan offers the best deal at $9.99/mo.)


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