Classes


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If your students or employees need specialized instruction in entertainment art, digital painting or life drawing, I can help them.I teach seminars and workshops on a number of subjects.

They have been taught at schools wanting to expand their programs without additional full-length classes, and for companies interested in broadening employee skills or knowledge of a subject. The seminars are condensed from the professional-level classes I teach at Art Center College of Design and for the USC Graduate School of Animation. Recent seminars have included classical life drawing, the elements of style in animation, composition for animation and film, and digital painting using Photoshop.

All my seminars use lectures, presentations, handouts, appropriate assignments, and in class critiques.

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Classroom Teaching

Will is currently a full-time professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and is the Entertainment Arts Advisor to its Illustration Department. Will also teaches seminars to professionals and graduate students at various locations, including USC Graduate School of Animation and the Animation Guild. His past teaching experience includes Otis Art Institute, where he helped develop the Communications Design and Illustration department, The California State University, Northridge, and California State University, Fullerton, where he advised the curriculum committee developing its digital animation program. Additionally, Will has taught at numerous community colleges throughout Southern California.

Organizations of Note

ASIFA Hollywood is the Los Angeles chapter of The International Animated Film Society. They are a 501(c)(3) California non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the art of animation. ASIFA-Hollywood sponsors screenings and seminars; host the Annie Awards- animation’s highest honor; preserve films in danger of being lost to time, support animation education and journalism; and maintain an archive, library and museum of animation in Burbank, CA.

Animation Guild is a union of artists, writers and technicians making animated films. We’ve been around since 1952, helping animation employees get decent wages, better working conditions … and a little respect. Animators are among our members — computer animators as well as the “old-fashioned” hand-drawn kind. Writers of TV cartoons hold MPSC union cards. Digital painters, computer animators and modelers are part of the MPSC. We negotiate contracts with employers, create résumés, provide legal and negotiating advice to artists, writers and technicians working for the largest and most profitable animation companies in the world.