mickey bracy
mickey bracy
2024-06-29
Amazing camp! Todd and staff are truly talented! My son and niece enjoyed every moment of Anime camp.
karin egeland
karin egeland
2024-06-24
Wonderful summer camp programs. My daughter loves it. She is excited to be able to focus on her areas of interest and has learned so much. 😁
Holly Smith
Holly Smith
2024-06-24
My daughter attended a summer camp and this was her review: "I was in the Foundational drawing camp and cannot recommend it highly enough! Mr. Woody gave me great and detailed feedback/suggestions on my work, and he taught us how to draw multiple kinds of objects, fruit, cloth, and people. I’ve taken a lot of art courses, but this class was taught completely differently than any course I’ve taken before. Whether you’re new to drawing or have been drawing for years, I highly recommend this camp!" An additional review after she attended a second camp: "I really enjoyed the gesture drawing camp with Mr. Woody! I didn’t have a great understanding of how to draw people and anatomy going into the camp, but by the end of the week, my drawing had significantly improved. This is a great course, highly recommend!"
Kensen John
Kensen John
2024-06-07
My daughter (9) had a great experience during the summer camp. She learned a lot during the Foundational drawing class.
mandala lifeo
mandala lifeo
2024-05-26
Thank you.
Lina Honig
Lina Honig
2024-04-19
My teenager has GREATLY enjoyed developing her animation skills with Joe Zaffuto at Elite Animation Academy and looks forward to each class. She was able to add animation clips into her art high school audition portfolios which allowed to her display a broader and dynamic artistic capacity. She was successfully admitted to her dream school. Thank you Joe and Todd!
Delrita Meisner
Delrita Meisner
2024-03-30
Todd West and his instructional team bring years of knowledge in digital arts to students of all learning abilities. My daughter absolutely enjoys the courses she has completed as well as the classes she is currently enrolled. From Character Design to 2D animation, she has been able to expand on her artistic talents. The atmosphere is extremely inclusive and my daughter has shared that out of all the animation courses she has taken throughout the state, Elite Animation Academy is by far the best school! It is a worthwhile investment for your children. We are glad to continue classes with EAA!
Monica D'Ambrosio
Monica D'Ambrosio
2024-01-20
We are very happy with Elite Animation Academy, my son is learning so much and we is always happy to come. Definitely is a place where the kids can learn about animation and also feel nice. 100% recommended.
Heather L
Heather L
2023-08-15
My 3 children (ages 13, 12, & 9) attended this camp in the beginning of August 2023. They did 2 D Animation and Traditional animation and they loved it! I would recommend to anyone who has children interested in animation.
Kowalczyk House
Kowalczyk House
2023-08-13
We enrolled our son for the Virtual classes after reading the reviews and meeting with Todd the owner. He loves the classes and has been progressing his talent. We were worried about the 2-hour class time but he hasn't had any problems with it. He has been working hard with his instructor. Mr. Tom - (Thor) is great working with him. Definitely recommend the program!

Why Do I Need Elite Animation Academy?

Elite Animation Academy is the ideal choice for aspiring animators due to several key reasons:

Expert Instruction: Learn from former Disney and Marvel animators who bring professional experience and a passion for teaching.

Comprehensive Curriculum: Courses cover 2D and 3D animation, video editing, special effects, and game design, tailored to all skill levels.

Flexible Learning: Offering both in-studio and online classes, accessible from anywhere.

Personalized Attention: Small class sizes ensure individualized feedback and support.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Access to the latest industry technology and software.

Successful Alumni: Graduates have been accepted into prestigious art schools and built successful careers.

Engaging Programs: Popular summer camps and regular courses keep students inspired and learning year-round.

Community and Networking: Join a supportive and vibrant community of artists and animators.

Why Should I Choose Elite Animation Academy?

Elite Animation Academy is the ideal choice for aspiring animators due to several key reasons:

Expert Instruction: Learn from former Disney and Marvel animators who bring professional experience and a passion for teaching.

Comprehensive Curriculum: Courses cover 2D and 3D animation, video editing, special effects, and game design, tailored to all skill levels.

Flexible Learning: Offering both in-studio and online classes, accessible from anywhere.

Personalized Attention: Small class sizes ensure individualized feedback and support.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Access to the latest industry technology and software.

Successful Alumni: Graduates have been accepted into prestigious art schools and built successful careers.

Engaging Programs: Popular summer camps and regular courses keep students inspired and learning year-round.

Community and Networking: Join a supportive and vibrant community of artists and animators.

Who is Elite Animation Academy?

We are “Developing Young Minds Through The Art Of Animation

We are a YEAR ROUND Academy. We offer Regular and VIRTUAL (online) Courses, after school and on Saturday’s. The courses are available for children and Adults. Our popular Studio & Virtual Online Courses are in the Months of June, July, and August for children ages 8 & up. We focus on basic to advanced levels the classes are small to provide you with a more personal connection with the teachers and get the most out of the lessons. Instructors are professionals in their area of expertise. Available in English & Spanish.

Animators create 2D and 3D images in motion for animated films, video games, commercials, and music videos. They create images, as well as special effects and other visual images, using video, film, or computer software. Some of the most common technology used by animators includes Adobe, AutoDesk 3DS Max, MAYA, VectorDesigner, and Photoshop.

“Summer is a fun time for students to recharge, but also an opportunity to hone new skills; especially those young minds who are imaginative, artistic, and innovatively visionary. Our international Academy is the perfect opportunity for students looking to enhance skills in design, animation, and even storyboarding”

Todd J West, Elite Animation Academy - Director & Founder

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“Elite Animation Academy has plenty of qualities which makes it the ideal learning center for young kids who show any artistic interest. It’s mentors are quite experienced in their fields, coming from big name companies like Disney and Marvel among others. The only trait these educators share which is greater than their artistic skill is their patience and ability to teach. From someone who has been around Elite Animation for plenty of years, I can assure anyone that with dedication, results are very easily attainable.”

Ali Malik

Ringling College of Art and Design

“Elite Animation Academy provides an ideal environment for any student to further their artistic skills & style. The instructors are not only knowledgeable, but bring their own experiences working in the arts to class. In addition to the talent the instructors share with students, they are encouraging and engaging.  On several occasions, instructors have given me to tools and confidence to push myself to a higher skill level. My involvement at Elite Animation Academy has led me to attend summer seminars at SCAD, where the instructors were impressed by my previous training. Next year, I hope to use the skills I’ve obtained at Elite Animation Academy to explore other summer seminars at CalArts”

Peyton Cantle

SCAD or CalArts

“I really enjoyed attending Elite Animation Academy! The courses I took were fun, and gave me a useful foundation in Character Design and Animation, as well as helping me build my portfolio. The mentoring I received there was also very helpful, and I’m thankful for that guidance. Taking courses at Elite Animation Academy helped solidify my love for animation and illustration, and I hope to keep growing the skills I learned there in the future.”

Izzy Robe

Ringling College or Art & Design

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  • NEW FOR THIS FALL ADULT AND AFTER SCHOOL COURSES !

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    How did Elite Animation Academy become what it is today ?

    CLICK HERE FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH TODD WEST FOUNDER OF ELITE ANIMATION ACADEMY

    2024 FALL VIRTUAL COURSES

    SEPTEMBER 7th to NOVEMBER 15th 

    2024 FALL VIRTUAL SCHEDULE

    All Virtual courses are live, private sessions using ZOOM.

    SATURDAY’S

    10 AM to 12N – 12N to 2PM – 2PM to 4PM – 4PM to 6 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) – all classes

    or WEEKDAY’S

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    4PM to 6PM EST or 6PM to 8PM EST

    2024 FALL STUDIO COURSES

    SEPTEMBER 7th to NOVEMBER 14th

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    2024 FALL STUDIO SCHEDULE

    FALL STUDIO COURSES – IN ORLANDO

    or WEEKDAY’S

    NEW ! AFTER SCHOOL – TUESDAY and THURSDAYS

    4 PM to 6 PM

    NEW ! ADULT COURSES – TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS

    6 PM to 8 PM

    STUDIO ADDRESS

    3107 EDGEWATER DRIVE ORLANDO , FLORIDA 32804

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    Contact: Todd West, 407.459.7959

    Elite Animation Academy, Director

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    ELITE ANIMATION ACADEMY OFFERS SUMMER CAMP ANIMATION SERIES FOR STUDENTS AROUND THE WORLD

    Summer camps available online and in-studio for KIDS wanting to collaborate with Disney Animators to share artistry, ideas,

    and engage in traditional and digital animation learning.”

     

    May 19, 2024 (Orlando, Florida) Well known, Orlando-based Elite Animation

    Academy has announced their 10th annual Summer Animation Camp Series. The weekly sessions will run from Monday, June 3, through Friday, August 9, from 10 am to 3pm, EST.

    On-line and in-studio classes are taught by Disney Animators and other professionals in the field, to include Traditional Animation, Foundational Drawing, Character Design, Gesture Drawing & Sketching, and Anime – Manga, (Japanese animation comics). Additional modules offer Comics and Cartooning; Animatics Storyboarding; Video Editing and Special Effects; 2D Character Animation, and 3D Animation Foundation.

    “Summer is a fun time for students to recharge, but also an opportunity to hone new skills; especially those young minds who are imaginative, artistic, and innovatively visionary. Our international Academy is the perfect opportunity for students looking to enhance skills in design, animation, and even storyboarding,” said Todd West, Elite Animation Academy Summer Camp Series, director.

    “Elite’s summer camps provide a myriad of creative disciplines and instruction, which are comprehensively designed to teach, the ‘art of animation. Instructors are industry professionals having expansive backgrounds with major movie studios such as Disney, Marvel, BlueSky, Laika, Sony, Fox, and more.” added West.

    In advance of the summer camps, Elite will offer a Summer Camp Open House for those who wish to tour our studio, meet instructors, and review camp offerings. The Open House events will be held on Saturday, June 1; June 8; and June 15; from 1 pm to 4 pm, at 3107 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, Florida. Students need not be present at Open House events to participate in summer camps.

    The cost for each camp series (1-week) is $475 per student, plus a small administrative fee. Elite Animation will provide all supplies. For more information, contact Todd West, Summer Camp Series director, at 407.459.7959, or twest@eliteanimationacademy.com.

    Elite Animation Academy has experienced remarkable growth in the Central Florida region, serving more than four hundred full-time, in-studio, students annually, with thousands of online students from around the globe.

    The founders, Todd and Gladys West envisioned a vibrant design studio with a noble mission: “Developing Young Minds through the Art of Animation.” In a little more than a decade, Elite Animation Academy has grown to include an expansive lineup of summer camps, in-studio courses, and virtual course opportunities where students can acquire vital design skills while developing top-notch portfolios to support future college or university enrollment in the arts, and/or career enhancement credentials as artists.

    About Elite Animation Academy: Founded in 2012 by former Disney animators,

    Elite Animation Academy provides art and animation training. Bringing students

    together with experienced animation instructors to maximize marketability and

    opportunities. Our vision is to become the best Animation Academy in the world.  Elite Animation also hosts the Digital Arts for Autism (DAFA) school for adults with autism. DAFA is a program partner for the Florida Gardiner Scholarship StepUp program, a statewide initiative designed for children with special needs.

     

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    Dear Todd West,

    TWO GREAT WORKSHOPS ADDED !

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS only $25 each – all supplies included !

    JUNE 1st – FIGURE DRAWING w/ former Disney Artist – Woody Woodman

    Woody Woodman is an artist, storyteller and teacher with 20 years in the animation industry. I began my pursuit to become a professional artist, and enrolled at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida, where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

    I was recruited by Walt Disney Feature Animation and continued my education in their internship program in Orlando Florida in July of 1997. I began my animation career as an ‘inbetweener’ on the film “Mulan” with Barry Cook. I worked on several films; “Tarzan,” “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Lilo & Stitch” Then I was accepted into the story department working with some of the finest storyboard artists and directors in the business. I also worked on “Treasure Planet” with Ron Clements, John Musker and Glen Keane. I continued to work for Disney in the story department on “Brother Bear” and a few films that where never realized, until the Orlando studio was shut down in 2003. Woody has continued his Animation experience working with such clients such as: Aardman, Lucas Films, Laika and 20 Century Fox.

    PURCHASE TICKETS TO FIGURE DRAWING WORKSHOP

    JUNE 8th – ANIME MANGA – w / former Marvel Comic Book Artist – Chi Wang

    Chi Wang is a freelance graphic artist with 30 years of experience in the comic book industry. He started out in 1993 as an intern at Marvel Comics Editorial Department and has worked professionally since for all of the major American comic companies such as Marvel, DC, and Archie Comics. He also provided lettering and prepress material for Japanese manga companies such as Viz Media, Tokyo Pop and Yen Press. These past work experiences have brought him extensive knowledge of both American and Japanese art-style and how it applies to story-telling in comics, anime and manga.

    Chi Wang currently owns and operates “Excel Comics” a digital publisher of original comic contents and illustrated novels.

    PURCHASE TICKETS TO ANIME MANGA WORHSHOP

    SUMMER CAMP OPEN HOUSE

    Learn about our great Summer Camps during the hours of 1 PM to 4 PM on either JUNE 1st or JUNE 8th – tour our studio, enroll for the best summer camp experience ever ! – to meet send email to :

    Reach out to the Camp Director at twest@eliteanimationacademy.com.

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