Monday, July 13, 2009

Alexis Arciniaga keeps creating

We frequently hear from students who've taken classes with us in the past. They let us know how they're doing and how much their experience at the Academy has meant to them. Such is the case with Alexis Arciniaga.

Alexis dropped us a line recounting how much she learned in the short time she was with us when she was enrolled in the Teen Program, and she included a few samples of recent work. Here's an example of the powerful art she's creating. Clicking on the image will give you a better view.

Alexis is destined for great things with her art. She creates with confidence and makes a statement. Her work is dynamic and rooted on a fundamental foundation, which gives her a strong footing to do anything she wants to creatively.

Thanks for getting in touch Alexis! You're doing exciting things. We're happy to have been a positive part of your educational experience.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Academy update

Hello everyone! Hope this finds you well. Things have been very busy and as such, this long overdo entry to the Academy's blog.

Our new semester will begin tomorrow, July 7, 2009. Our 62nd consecutive semester since we we started in January, 1998. Semester 12.4 will have very healthy enrollment and will distinguish itself by the number of students in attendance from other colleges, universities and art schools in the area. We'll have students from California State University Northridge, Cal Arts, Art Center College of Design, College of the Canyons, and USC to name a few.

With virtually no advertising other than our simple website, this blog and word of mouth, The Animation Academy's reputation precedes itself as our years of service in art education to the community as well as the success of our students has paid off many times over for us as students continue to turn to the Academy for specialized training in the fundamentals of art through an animation oriented venue.

On the last Tuesday of each month we open our doors and welcome guests through an outstanding industry forum we host, Recently, we invited Don Hahn, one of the Disney Studios most experienced and prominent producers as a special guest in honor of the publication of his latest book, a two volume 800 page compilation of the animation notes of the late Walt Stanchfield. Entitled "Drawn To Life", Mr. Hahn gave a video presentation of some of what went into this book. The presentation was very well attended and was a terrific and informative evening of education. This link will take you to the forums for pictures and an account of what we all enjoyed on May 26, 2009:;f=1;t=013758#000000

I'll make it a point of getting back on a regular schedule with the Academy's blog as we have alot of new artwork to share. In the meantime, thanks for checking in and as always, Keep Creating!