2D Animation for Middle School

Online Camp

Make your imagination come to life this summer! Campers will use animation software to create short films. No previous animation experience required; however, return campers are welcome.

Register for by June 28

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This workshop combines scheduled real-time virtual class meetings via Zoom, asynchronous material, and independent work.

  • Ages: 11–13 yrs.
  • Number of weeks: 1
  • Session dates: 7/13/20-7/17/20
  • Meeting schedule: M-F: 1:00 pm–4:00 pm CT
  • Tuition: $250


Meets for one week, Monday–Friday, between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm CT over Zoom. Includes breaks.

What you'll need at home


  • Computer with

    • Wi-Fi / Internet access
    • Webcam
    • Microphone

Software / Apps

  • Pencil 2D (free animation software)
  • Zoom (free virtual conferencing app)


  • Mouse or Drawing Tablet
    • Wacom Tablet or Stylus (optional)
  • Computer Headphones / Earbuds (recommended)


  • Paper (computer paper or drawing paper for use as needed)
  • Pencil/pen (for use as needed)

Jeanne Stern is an animator, artist, and filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. Her work has screened at a variety of festivals and galleries around the globe, including PBS, The Smithsonian, South by Southwest, the Student Academy Awards, and Heather Henson's traveling Puppet Film Festival. She holds an MFA in Film from the University of Texas and a BA in Studio Art from Connecticut College. She is a Visiting Professor of Animation at St. Edward's University and an Animation instructor at the Austin School of Film. She has been teaching both youth and adults for the past 10+ years including teaching for the University of Texas in Portugal. For fun, she enjoys playing the accordion, bicycling, and making things out of paper.