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: June 13 – 18 and June 20 – 25

Who Can Apply?: 9th – 12th grade students

Program Length: Sunday – Friday

Program Tuition: $2,500

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

Day or Overnight Program: Overnight

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*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 Experiences:

  • Drawing in Photoshop
  • Learn the Fundamental Techniques of Animation
  • Develop a Series of Short Animated Works of Art
  • Visit an Animation Studio
  • Network with Local Artists and Professionals

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Animation Institute Cost

Winston-Salem (Overnight) | $2,500

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A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Welcome and Program Introduction
  • 9:30 am – Introduction to Photoshop
  • 10:30 am – Frame-by-Frame Animation Project
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – Visit Animation Studio
  • 2:00 pm – Drawing/Animation Work
  • 5:00 pm – Debrief for Next Day
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 pm – Free Time
  • 9:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 

Meet Your Academic Leader

Eric Juth

Academic Leader, Animation

Eric Juth is an artist and educator living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As an artist, he works at the intersection of collage, painting, and digital media. Eric teaches “Photography & Digital Art” at Summit School, as well as “Film Appreciation” at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Previously, he has taught media and art courses at Elon University, Wake Forest University, 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 undergraduate student, Eric studied painting at Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in Philadelphia and participated in the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art. Eric grew up near Pittsburgh, PA.