FEATURES Plympton’s Toon School Reopens in January
Multiple award-winning and two-time Oscar nominated animator Bill Plympton will reopen the Plympton School of Animation for a twomonth intensive course both on site at the Plymptoons studio in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, and online.
Starting Jan. 9, the hand-drawn animation maestro behind Cheatin’ and Guard Dog (among many others) will give Monday night lectures in his studio covering every phase of making an animated short. The last session will feature a screening of all the resulting animation from the course, with the goal of creating festival-worthy films.
Each graduating student will receive a formal degree from Bill Plympton’s Animation University. Tuition is $2,000. Plympton will also offer the lectures as a weekly, private online course for a $1,000 fee, which includes two private review sessions via Skype. Email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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