Animation Institute

Draw. Illustrate. Animate. Breathe life into your art.

Do you enjoy drawing and illustration and want to breathe life into your art through animation? Are you an aspiring animator, filmmaker, or designer who wants to create new work for your portfolio? Are you interested in visiting animation studios and learning from comic book artists? The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program’s Animation Institute offered in Winston-Salem, is a participatory, hands-on way for students to start thinking creatively and learning how the visual and liberal arts align. Through Photoshop, students will learn the fundamental techniques of frame-by-frame animation and develop a series of short animated works of art.

At a Glance

Dates: Summer 2021 dates will be announced on November 1, 2020.

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen

Program Length: 1-week sessions

Program Tuition: $2,500

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus

Residential or Non Residential: Residential

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Animation Institute participants.

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Frame-by-Frame Animation
  • Timeline Animation
  • Photoshop Fundamentals
  • Panel Illustration
  • Rotoscoping Technique

Hands-On Experience:

  • Drawing with Photoshop
  • Learn the fundamental techniques of animation
  • Develop a series of short animated works of art
  • Visit an animation studio
  • Meet guest comic book illustrator
  • Networking with local artists and professionals

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Animation Institute Costs:

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,500

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A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Arrive and breakfast
  • 9:00- 9:30 am- Welcome and program introduction
  • 9:30-10:30 am- Introduction to Photoshop
  • 10:30 am- 12:00 pm- Frame-by-Frame Animation Project
  • 12:00- 1:00 pm- Lunch
  • 1:00- 2:00 pm- Visit Animation Studio
  • 2:00- 5:00 pm- Drawing/Animation work
  • 5:00 – 5:30 pm- Debrief for next day
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30- 7:30 pm – Evening activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00 – 10:00 pm – Prepare for bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights out

*This “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is based upon the 2018 curriculum and is subject to change. 


Dates for Summer 2021 will be announced on November 1, 2020.

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Eric Juth

Academic Leader, Animation

Eric Juth is an artist and educator currently based in Winston-Salem, NC. Juth works at the intersection of collage, painting, and digital media. His art has been exhibited throughout North Carolina, as well as in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and online. He currently teaches in the Art Department at Elon University, in the Media Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and at Sawtooth School of Visual Art. In 2014 he received a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Film Production and in 2011 a Master of Arts in Communications, both from Wake Forest University. As an undergrad, Juth studied painting at Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in Philadelphia and participated in the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art.