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Cartoon Animation Short Course

Cartoon Animation Short Course (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Elroy Simmons


This is a course geared to teach traditional comedic cartoon animation timing and techniques. Students will learn how to animate a variety of cartoon actions such as double takes, scramble runs, impacts, staggers, perspective animation, as well as a variety of comedic walks and runs. Students will be shown how to design and animate cartoon characters in the style of Warner Bros, Tom & Jerry and Tex Avery cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s.

Level: All Levels

Who should take this course?
Anyone interested in traditional cartoon animation techniques.

Entry requirements
Some basic drawing ability and a keen interest in cartoons and animation is very helpful, although no previous animating experience is necessary. This course works well in conjunction with other animation short courses at Central Saint Martins. It also serves as a primer for those students wishing to study animation at degree level.

Please note that all courses scheduled until 11 September 2020 will take place in an online classroom. Courses starting after this date will be held in our onsite classrooms.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Elroy Simmons has worked as a Traditional 2D Animator since 1995.  In that time, Elroy has worked on a wide range of projects – from TV commercials, Children’s TV series and animated specials, to independent shorts.   Most recently, Elroy’s work can be seen in two independently made feature length, live-action/animated documentaries; “Doozy” (Director: Richard Squires. LMFYFF. 2018) and “Mansfield 66/67” (Directors: Todd Hughes, David Ebersole. The Ebersole Hughes Company. 2016). Both of these films utilise cartoon animation styles – from the 1960s/70s and 50s/60s, respectively. 
Elroy directs (both his own work and for others) and has substantial experience in both ‘Indie’ and commercial animation.   Elroy has been employed in a range of roles, including; writing, character design/development, storyboarding, animation timing, animation layout, supervising animator and art direction.



Please bring the following with you to the first session:

  • 2B or 3B pencils
  • Col-Erase or Sketcher light blue pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Notebook

Available dates

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