Workshops

2019 Expo Workshops

Our workshops are created by professionals in the industry, both freelance, and in-studio. Here’s a bit more about the workshops and the instructors.

Nilah Magruder’s “Making the Jump from Animation to Children’s Books”:

June 8th

Noon – 1:30pm$11.48Buy Tickets

A crash course in entering the children’s book market for animation professionals. We’ll go over picture books, middle-grade/YA illustration, and graphic novels; what you need to know, and how to apply your animation skills to a new medium.

About the professional:

I’ve worked at Disney TVA and Dreamworks Animation TV, also am a published children’s book author.

Caroline Foley’s “Character Development For Your Hit Cartoon Show”:

June 8th

3:00 – 4:30pm$27.22Buy Tickets

Character design and character personality are intertwined. When starting work on an original idea you hope to be the next hit cartoon show, there are many things to consider before jumping into a finished clean line drawing of your main character. Who is the audience? What is the character’s backstory? What sort of world does this character live in? There is a lot to develop before settling on a fully fleshed out character design. In my two hour lecture, I will go through some of the basic concepts for developing strong characters in both writing and design. All students should bring their favorite sketching pen/pencil and preferred sketchbook of choice for note-taking. 

About the Professional:

Writer/creator/animator/story artist: Rick and Morty, Bojack Horseman, Cartoon Network, Toasty Tales, Toca Boca, Robot Chicken 

Nick Kennedy’s “Mastering Color & Painting Backgrounds”:

June 8th

3:15 – 4:45pm$21.97Buy Tickets

We will go over the techniques and methods to create engaging and inviting background painting and design. At the end of this workshop, you will have learned the skills needed to create a unique work of art that will dazzle the world.

About the professional:

Disney, Background Painting & Visual Development 

Chuck Grieb’s “Stop Motion Animation”:

June 9th

10:30 – 12:30pm$16.73Buy Tickets

UAn intro to using a mobile device (phone) to create Stop Motion Animation.

About the professional:

Over 20 years animation industry experience (began in 1996 at Disney). Worked as a story artist and animator for Disney, Nickelodeon, Toonacious Family Ent, etc, ran my own studio (Flashbang Studios), Professor of Animation, agented author/illustrator, have had work included in Spectrum Fantastic Art, Infected By Art, Expose, invited to show art in various galleries, juried into Main Show at Illuxcon, etc. Have written curriculum for Autodesk on how to build and animate character using Maya and Mudbox, created three independent films which have screened in over 90 festivals all over the world (two were 3D Digital, one was 2D Digital).

Morghan Gill’s “Acryla Gouache for Beginners”:

June 9th

1:45 – 3:15pm$27.22Buy Tickets

For those who want to get into using acryla gouache! Let’s chat about why its so awesome, how to mix colors, getting clean lines and a few techniques for getting started.

About the professional:

I am a character designer and 2D artist working in video games and animation. I am currently at 21st Century Fox.

Pablo Leon’s “Focused Stylized Environment Design”:

June 9th

1:30 – 3:00pm$16.73Buy Tickets

For this demo, I will talk about setting goals, creating focus, how to approach research, and narrowing down on choices and tools available to you to create a stylized environment piece.

About the professional:

Currently designing at WB, previously designed on shows like Muppet Babies (2018) Danger & Eggs, The Awesomes, Dream Daddy video game sim.

Just so you know…

WE SUGGEST 14 YRS OLD AND UP FOR ATTENDING WORKSHOPS. FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHS MAY BE TAKEN DURING WORKSHOPS AND BY ATTENDING, YOU ARE GIVING CONSENT & MAY BE PHOTOGRAPHED OR RECORDED. THIS WILL BE FOR GZAEXPO PROMO ONLY.

TICKETS CAN BE PRINTED OUT OR SHOWN ON THE PHONE. PLEASE HAVE A VALID FORM OF ID. IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED 4 WORKSHOP TICKETS UNDER ONE NAME, YOUR WHOLE PARTY OF 4 MUST BE WITH YOU IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP UNLESS SOMEONE WILL NOT BE PRESENT.

TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR WORKSHOPS. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE WE WILL HAVE ROOM THE DAY OF THE EVENT TO SELL TICKETS. ONLINE SALES END ON JUNE 5, 2019 TO ENSURE WE HAVE THE MINIMUM TICKETS SOLD. TICKETS ARE REFUNDABLE UNTIL MAY 15, 2019. IF TICKETS ARE REFUNDED, ALL BUT PROCESSING FEE WILL BE RETURNED AND CAN TAKE UP TO 7 BUSINESS DAYS TO RECEIVE FUNDS. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LATE ATTENDEES. PLEASE CHECK IN AT THE FRONT DESK WITH QUESTIONS AND MEET OUT FRONT OF VENUE TO LINE UP FOR YOUR WORKSHOP(S). GZA MEMBERS WILL BE HOLDING WORKSHOP SIGNS & WILL WALK ATTENDEES INTO THE WORKSHOP ONCE TICKETS HAVE BEEN VERIFIED 5 MINUTES BEFORE THEY BEGIN. ANY TICKET HOLDER BEING DISRUPTIVE IN WORKSHOPS WILL BE REMOVED WITHOUT REFUND. PLEASE BE KIND AND COURTEOUS WHILE ATTENDING.

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