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Animation – an Introduction (stage 1)

  • Ages: 12-15
  • Term: Autumn, spring
  • Length: 8 weeks


This exciting course gives budding animators aged 12-15 an insight into the world of animation, focusing on hand-drawn 2D animation.

To book your young artist’s place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for Saturday Art School updates.

What you need to know

When does it run?

Autumn term 2024

Saturday 28 September – 30 November 2024

Please note, there's no session on 5 October or 2 November due to AUB Open Days.

Spring term 2025

Saturday 1 February – 22 March 2025

How long is the course?

8 Saturdays

What time are the classes?


Who's this course for?

This course has been developed for aspiring animators aged 12-15.

Does my young artist need any qualifications or experience?

No. This is an introductory course, so your young artist doesn't need any previous experience, just be prepared to bring lots of energy and enthusiasm!

This course is suitable for any youngsters with a passion for animation – both complete beginners and those with previous experience.

I’m not sure if this is suitable for my young artist. Can I speak to someone?

Yes of course! If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for your young artist, get in touch with us: email or call +44 (0) 1202 363222.

How much does this course cost?


What's included in this price?

  • All course materials and resources
  • Everything your young artist will need to take part in the course will be provided by us – no hidden costs!

  • Classes are practical, so wear clothes that you don't mind your young artists getting messy.
  • Drinks and snacks for break time and duration of class; please ensure snacks don't contain nuts.
  • It's strongly advised phones, tablets and other valuables aren't brought to class. Any personal possessions are the responsibility of your young artist and AUB won't be liable for any loss or damage.

About this course

This exciting course has been specifically developed for young animators aged 12–15 that are either taking their first steps into the world of animation or have some previous experience. With expert guidance from their tutor, we’ll help them harness their creativity, artistic knowledge, and gain confidence in creating and sharing their work.

This is a perfect opportunity for your young artists to push their ideas and let loose with their creativity. Animation has no limits, and through this course, young artists can launch themselves into the amazing world of animation.

Each week students will learn new skills using industry standard equipment and techniques that are vital in the world of animation.

Skills covered includes 2D animation, character design, storyboarding, as well as a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental principles of animation.

Your young artist will use our specialist studio spaces that have been home to our award-winning graduates, using tools and equipment that the creative industries rely on.

Your young artist will learn alongside up to 16 other like-minded youngsters, make friends, and have fun along the way.

At the end of the course, your young artist will leave with an increased confidence in their abilities, have a wealth of new skills that they can apply to their everyday life and beyond, and an excitement for future art and design studies.

  • 2D animation
  • An introduction to the 12 principles of animation
  • Character design
  • Storyboarding
  • Staging and timing in animation

At the end of the course, your young artist will:

  • Possess improved art and design skills
  • Understand the creative process behind animation, including the 12 principles of animation
  • Have experienced using industry-standard animation equipment
  • Understand the importance of preparation, practice and perseverance within animation
  • Have increased confidence in their own skills
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Feel inspired by the new skills they've learnt and from sharing ideas with new friends
  • Have the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your young artist's achievements, providing they have 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm name of your young artist and the title of course they've completed

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Meet your tutor

Isabel Rentoul - animator and illustrator

Isabel Rentoul

Isabel Rentoul is an experienced illustrator and comic artist who's published work in several zines and comic collections...

Beyond the course

This could just be the start of your young artist's creative journey! After this course, your young artist could further their animation skills with our stage 2 course, continue to harness their creativity and explore alternative Saturday Art School subjects, look forward to the future and the next step(s) in their creative journey by exploring AUB's Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media.

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Why choose Saturday Art School for your young artist?

At Saturday Art School we encourage your young artists to be themselves; there's no right or wrong way to be creative.

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