Jump start Animation Camps for Kids

Hello, This year I am again working on putting together summer camp in community art studios. I am planning to bring more exciting theme for kids. Program includes Clay Animation, Scribe Animation, Digital Drawing and Cartoon Animation.

These camps is for kids who are interested in making movies but don’t know how or where to begin. They will all about selected animation programs. These program will help them jump start their creativity. End of the program they will know which tools use and how to make movies. After the camp they can continue their journey from home computer. 

Clay Animations:

Combine the power of clay sculpting and magic of green screen with stop animation in most exciting way. This camp is for kids who are interested in making movies but don’t know how or where to begin.

Let’s join us to create your first stop animation movie.

In this camp students will learn:

  1. How to develop 3D character / model using Clay.
  2. How to use “Green Screen”.
  3. How to Draw and import shapes for background and masking
  4. What is voiceover and how to records and add in movie
  5. How to add titles
  6. Exporting movies and make it available to view.

Scribe Animation:

Fun way to learn and create stop animation using power of digital whiteboard. In this fun activity students will design and create digital story board and short commercials for TV. Join us in this exciting camp today.

In this camp students will learn:

  1. How to draw and create character.
  2. Converting characters in to clipart using Illustrator and Inkscape
  3. Learn how to design movies based on bast seller children books.
  4. How to use digital white board
  5. How to record and synchronize voice
  6. Importing back ground and music
  7. Exporting movies

Cartoon Animation: 

This camp is ideal for Elementry and Middle High School students( Ages 7 and up). In this course, they will see their drawings come to life, as they learn the basic fundamentals of 2D and 3D animation. By learning the basics of animation, one develops an understanding of motion, weight, balance, texture, colour, and design. This will also promote the discipline and intensity required for studio work as one takes animated short films from concept to completion. Student will get access to Apple Mac Computer with all required tools and easy to follow application guided by professional artists. We will teach you how to draw and animate – easy and fun way ! also you will learn lots of short cuts and explore many ways to create and control animation. First week: Student will learn how to draw character on paper and directly on Computer using digital pen and pad. Through out week they will learn and develop skills of Digital Drawing for character building. Second Week: Students will learn and explore classical animation concept. While learning basics of animation they will develop short movies of walk cycle , jumped and anticipation. Third week: During this week student will work on special project and develop short movies based on technique they learned in last two weeks.

Find out more information at http://www.FEElartistic.org

No Space means No objects and No Creativity!


Empty space around us or around objects plays very important role in visual art. Following quick exercise will help us to understand important of space, an empty space around us. Most of the time we disregard empty space and mostly focus on details. I am teaching “Visual art” at FEELartistic Fineart Studio and first lesson I give is about how to recognize empty space in order to draw.


Description: In the visual world, there are two aspects of any object. One is the form or figure and the other is space or non figure. It’s very interesting to know that when it comes to drawing visual objects with space, most people focus on drawing outlines and completely overlook empty space within and around the object.

To demonstrate, show an empty glass. Help children appreciate the fact that without the empty space inside and outside the glass, we would have no glass. Empty space is as important as the form of glass. You can not pour water into the glass if there is no space to contain it.

Materials: Pencils, Drawing Papers, Eraser, Ruler

Objects: Glass, Open Box, Bottles etc.


Step 1. Display all objects.

Step 2. Ask kids to focus and study one of the objects carefully.

Step 3. Give average time for observation.

Step 4. Give drawing paper and pencil.

Step 5. Ask students to draw the outlines of the empty space, instead of drawing the outline of the form.

Step 6. Color empty space.

Step 7. Now ask students to draw only outlines of object on another drawing paper.

Step 8. Finally, ask them to merge empty space drawing and outlines of object on a separate drawing paper.

Creative Questions of the day>

1- Why are empty spaces important?

2- Name objects with empty spaces inside. For example, space between legs and arms. Space between tree limbs. Shapes between side facial features, such as the space between the nose and lips.

3- What is the difference between outer form and empty spaces?

Closing comments: By drawing these spaces, students will learn, how to draw what they see as they appreciate both the outline and the space.

Stolen paintings

Over the years most valuable paintings that have been stolen and gained publicity. on March 18, 1990 thieves stole 13 art pieces from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Among the pieces, one of most valuable painting was of Johannes Vermeer’s “The concert”. this painting considered to be the most valuable stolen painting in the world. A reward of $5,000,000 is still offered for information leading to their return.


Stolen painting “The concert”. Artist: Johannes Vermeer

Critique my artwork. Its ok to be harsh…

Critique my artwork. Its ok to be harsh…


Title: “Unknown” | Medium: Charcoal & Graphite |  Size: 24X36 | Artist: Jalal Gilani

You do not have to be an artist, art historian, curator or art instructor to critique artwork. Following simple rules will help you to write critique.

1) Describe what you see in artwork. Like Name of of artist, tittle, subjects and objects in painting etc.

2)  Analyze use of color, light, texture, depth and/or any other technical details.

3) Give your interpretation about what artist is trying to explain and why he/she has created this art piece.

4) Finally, Evaluate artwork. How successful or important is the work of art? Is it relevance to art community and people around us?