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Summer 2022

Animated Stories

An introduction to the craft of creating animation and a crash course in the fascinating history of the medium.

Cost: FREE  |  Grades: High School Students

July 11 – July 22

Animation has been an influential art within the American story, especially for younger audiences before college. Many modern animators within the field, such as Rebecca Sugar, Pen Ward, Phil Lord, and Chris Miller all started their interest before college and fostered their passions early on. This course is meant as an introduction to the medium for high school students, and a crash course of the Twelve Principles of Animation discovered by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas. Over the course of two weeks, students will look at a range of animated films, followed by discussion, and ending with practicing the medium through traditional hand-drawn animation and pixelation.

Within the end of the two weeks, students will present a small portfolio of their work to the class and will take their art pieces home, such as flipbooks, short videos, or art pieces that demonstrate the moving image. Students will also be encouraged to explore different forms of animation while implementing the lessons learned.


pens and pencils


July 11 – July 22
M, T, W, Th, Fr

11:00 am – 3:00 pm


GCE Lab School
9 W Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602




About the Instructor

Jeimar Neiza is an alumnus of GCE Lab School and student at Rhode Island School of Design in his senior year studying animation, interactive technology, video motion graphics, and special effects.

I'm studying character animation using both hand-drawn and computer animation. Through school, I advanced myself in more programs such as After-Affects, Flash, Blender, and Maya. I studied at SAIC ECP program, had gained scholarships from the Palette and Chisel Academy of the Fine Arts, and experimented with different mediums at Marwen Arts for 6 years. I am also prepared to bring different talents to a company as a violinist, draftsman, and much more.

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  • Student's Information

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    We'll be using Google Classroom in our summer classes to provide materials and organize classroom engagements. Students will need a Google account to access the classes (If you have a Gmail account, you're all set).

    If your student does not already have a Google account—no problem! We'll create a GCE account to use during the class.