Frame by Frame: Introduction to Stop-Motion Animation (Online)

This class is an introduction to stop-motion animation, covering frame by frame techniques and basic concepts of this traditional and very hands-on style of animation. This is an eye opening experience into a classic technique. The instructor shares behind-the-scenes videos of animations that use stop-motion animation techniques. Students dig into the fundamentals of animation by learning about frame rate and basic animation principles, such as squash and stretch, ease-in/ease-out, anticipation, and more. Students bring a ball of clay to life by making it roll and, by the end of class, will have filmed and edited a short animation, complete with a title sequence. / Open to students ages 15–18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete registration policies. Please read complete summer camp information and policies before completing your registration.

This virtual class will meet daily via Google Meet. The meetings will consist of lectures, demonstrations, exercises, time to ask questions and share resources.

Required hardware: A computer, tablet or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings; tablet or smartphone with a working camera and ability to download apps; headphones/earbuds. 

Required software: Stopmotion Studio (free app); Google Drive app.

Required supplies for the first class: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; tripod and tablet/phone adaptor; clay (air drying okay as long as it can be molded - examples: Model Magic, Playdough); a bluetooth shutter release (optional, please see linked supply list for more details): Optional supplies depending on animation project: found objects; a shoe box (or equivalent); 2 clamp lights. Supplies will cost approximately $20-45. For more details, check here.

Please Register Before: July 7 
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met. 
Class Savings 
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only). 
Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CST 9335 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Monday, July 12, 2021
Date End: 
Friday, July 16, 2021
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 15–18.
Days of Week: 
Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18