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“Developing Young Minds Through The Art of Animation®”

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mandala lifeo
mandala lifeo
2024-05-26
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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!
Kara B.
Kara B.
2023-08-11
Elite Animation Academy is a very special place. Mr. Todd is a truly exceptional individual who is providing a truly exceptional learning experience for the kids he so clearly cares deeply about. My daughter, age 11, is an avid drawer but had never had instruction. As a child with very severe anxiety, being in any sort of learning environment often causes her real distress, and usually results in her not being able to learn effectively (including in school). I spoke with Mr. Todd quite a bit before enrolling her, and based on his obvious experience and caring, as well as all the five-star reviews, we decided to take a chance and enroll her for a week of summer camp, flying down from Mass. Mr. Todd took her challenges not just in stride, but has provided so much support for her and her needs, and she has *thrived* in this program. The instruction she's received has been stellar, and she is so proud of her new skills and knowledge. Mr. Todd and the staff have not just taught her animation. They have also treated her with respect, with kindness, with honesty, and with skilled guidance throughout the week. She has immediately signed up for 1:1 online lessons for the Fall - something we have never seen her do before. We are so grateful, and thrilled for our daughter. This is truly a special place, offering *so* much more than lessons in art. They've earned every five star review they have - I wish I could give Elite and Mr. Todd ten stars. If you're thinking about it, don't hesitate.
Cheyenna Duggan
Cheyenna Duggan
2023-08-02
Elite Animation Academy is fantastic - I wish this was around when I was a kid! My child is enrolled in a one on one, virtual class and I expected her to learn a lot about the subject, but she's learned so much more about self-discipline, work ethic, and valuing herself and her art than I could have even imagined. This has been such a wonderful overall experience for her, not to mention how clear it is that the instructors are incredibly talented and skilled themselves. Stella is so patient, kind, and understanding. The curriculum is very well designed. I can't believe my child stays engaged for the entire two hours. Highly recommend, and we can't wait to attend another term.
TJ Baker
TJ Baker
2023-07-28
This is my son's second year attending Elite's camp. If you are a parent looking to get behind your child's dreams of animation or design, this is the school/camp for you. Amazing one-on-one, in-class experience with real life animators within the world of Disney creative. Their encouragement for all the students helps drive an incredible learning environment that my son and I look forward to every Summer traveling from South Carolina. Can't recommend them enough.
Amanda
Amanda
2023-07-21
My daughter loved her class here. The teachers are fabulous and very experienced. Highly highly recommend!

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    “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, Incoming Freshman at Ringling College or Art & Design

    “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-MalikAli Malik, Incoming Freshman – 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-CantlePeyton Cantle, Incoming Freshman at SCAD or CalArts

    “I had a great experience with Elite Animation. The teachers live up to their reputation. They are all knowledgeable in their field. The program has given me the foundation to recognize and to build my skill toward my goal to be a professional animator. I’m impressed that they have state of the art equipment and staff for instruction in 2D, 3D, illustration, and digital design. I’ve attended since I was in Middle school and now I’m about to be a Senior in High School. It’s meant that much to me”

    Aaron-JacksonAaron Jackson, Ringling College of Art & Design

    “I owe so much of the artistic knowledge I gained at Elite Animation Academy. My experience with them was and is amazing; the courses they offer, are just fantastic. I took Character Design and Traditional Animation a few years back to sharpen my art skills and to obtain the knowledge and necessary tools for becoming a professional animator. The instructors at Elite Animation Academy were incredibly engaging and show not only their knowledge but a profound sense of passion for what they do. I am grateful for their mentorship and guidance which provided the necessary foundation(s) in pursuing my animation career. I am currently attending McMaster College of Art and Design at the University of South Carolina to earn my bachelor’s degree in Art and Animation. Becoming an animator means the whole entire world to me. Thank you Elite Animation Academy for guiding me on this amazing journey. “

    Lauren-KupermanLauren Kuperman, McMaster College of Art and Design at the University of South Carolina

    “ I owe so much of the artistic skill I have today to my weekends spent at the Elite Animation Academy. Not only were the owners knowledgeable and passionate about drawing and animation but the teachers that they brought in to teach their classes were very informative and very helpful in creating a foundation in my art process, which led to my acceptance into the Savannah College of Art and Design as well as to my success in the School of Visual Art Department at the University of Central Florida. I strongly recommend attending classes at the Elite Animation Academy. They know the industry and they know what they are doing!”

    Matthew-GrahamMatthew Graham, UCF School of Visual Arts

    Why Students Choose Elite Animation Academy?

    LEARNING ANIMATION IS NOT JUST FOR MOVIES, IT IS A LOT MORE !

    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.

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    ONLY $1,275 PER COURSE – (Private) ONE on ONE with INSTRUCTOR

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    Kimberly Zuzak
    Kimberly Zuzak
    16:30 14 Jan 23
    We started coming to Elite Animation Academy the fall of 2022. My child... first took the 2D Animation Course with Joe and loved it! She was motivated to go every Saturday morning - which speaks volumes. She has now added a drawing class which is helping her with the foundations of drawing and she has shown steady improvement in developing her skills. The third class that she is taking is with Thomas Thorspecken, who has an amazing way of working with kids and has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience. She was so inspired and excited about learning more on one and two point perspective drawings after the first class. We are so glad to be a part of Elite Animation Academy!read more
    Javier Velez
    Javier Velez
    18:36 12 Nov 22
    The best in its class! Truly professional treat for your kids. My... daughter love it. She took two courses this year 22, planning to continue next spring.read more
    John Peter
    John Peter
    23:56 25 Oct 22
    My daughter went to their Summer Camp two years ago. After she finished,... even that she already was doing all kind of designs and effects on her phone, after she finished the camp, she was very interested in the art. She just graduated high school and started her first semester at Valencia College to earn an Associate degree in Graphic Design and looking for a bachelor's in Film production. It all started with going to a Summer Camp at Elite Animation Academy. Thank you all for showing her her future career.read more
    Hans Alce
    Hans Alce
    13:14 14 Aug 22
    My daughter liked the classes during summer break. She attended video... editing and foundational drawing.read more
    Aimie Bissonnette
    Aimie Bissonnette
    20:47 06 Jul 22
    A wonderful place to learn from amazing teachers! I have been going for... the last 3 years having taken 4 classes, and I have learned so much and have improved my art through the guidance of all teachers at Elite Academy! They are amazing teachers who are always willing to help students follow their artistic dreams! I definitely recommend for everyone. Especially young artists!!!read more
    Matthew Pearl
    Matthew Pearl
    20:16 10 Jun 22
    My 10 year old son Graham just finished a wonderful 1 week in person... session (2D animation with Joe) and every step of the way was a pleasure, starting with Todd via phone and email helping me understand the best options for my son and continuing through a week of wonderful instruction balancing being patient and challenging my son. Though we live hours away, we will look forward to staying in touch with the school and hopefully continuing with some combination of virtual and in person opportunities over time.read more
    Emily Pickle
    Emily Pickle
    20:08 10 Jun 22
    This was one of the best weeks of camp we've ever experienced. The... instructors are professional, warm, welcoming & knowledgeable. Our sometimes shy teen really enjoyed the week at Elite Animation. Thanks for a great week!read more
    amy gutman-enright
    amy gutman-enright
    12:48 23 Feb 22
    Amazing online instruction! We stumbled upon Elite Academy looking for... virtual courses for our 12 year old who wants to be a professional animator. After corresponding with the owner Todd, we knew we had found the right place. Enrollment was easy, and the pricing was superb - ten 2 hour one-on-one sessions was incredibly reasonable compared to even a single weekend course elsewhere.My son's instructor Joe has an amazing resume, and found his "interaction groove" right away. We were worried that kiddo would not be able to focus for the entire 2 hours weekly, but the sounds of laughter and excitement coming from the computer room weekly show that we were wrong! Kiddo cannot wait to show us what he learned in each session, and on animation class days, he gets up with a smile and races home from school.We have been so impressed that we enrolled him in multiple summer camp weeks. Helping support your child's passion with the right people is wonderful and we are grateful to Todd, Joe and the Elite Animation Academy for helping start him on this career path.read more
    Dena Spratt
    Dena Spratt
    19:43 13 Oct 21
    My Daughter is a senior in Highschool and is applying to Art Institutions... to pursue her higher education in Animation. She has taken two online courses and has had such a wonderful experience. Both her instructors were professional and extremely knowledge about their crafts. She has learned so much from her classes. Her current instructor (Tony Santos) is helping compile her Art Portfolio for her college submissions and wrote a letter of recommendations on her behalf. I have NEVER been more satisfied in an institution, and I am both impressed and thankful for their support, professionalism, and personable approach toward my Daughters future!read more
    Tanya Feddern-Bekcan
    Tanya Feddern-Bekcan
    23:55 13 Aug 21
    I highly recommend Elite Animation Academy. My 13-year-old daughter plans... to be an animator and manga artist and will spend hours a day at home, practicing drawing techniques on sketchbook and tablet. We are so glad to have found Elite Animation Academy. The Director, Todd West, and his instructors are professional and knowledgeable. She attended the Character Design and the Anime/Manga week-long summer courses taught by Brandon Burghard. The price is quite fair for the hours of instruction alone, not including that the instructors are working professionals in the field she plans to enter. She is looking forward to taking the 2D and 3D animation courses next. If you live out of town, it’s worth the drive—traffic was no problem from Saint Augustine to Orlando and back.read more
    Nancy Moeller
    Nancy Moeller
    17:15 09 Jul 21
    Our two 15-year-old grandchildren wanted to take the 2D Animation course. ... Both kids have talent in this area. We chose the one-week summer camp program and we have been extremely happy with the school, Todd (co-founder), the instructor, and what the kids learned. The entire experience has been very professional and high quality. Two thumbs up! Definitely recommend!read more
    Miguel Torres
    Miguel Torres
    20:12 11 Jun 21
    I recommend this place 100 percent. My daughter loved the summer week... camp. So organized and professional. She will be back.read more
    Susan Glow
    Susan Glow
    15:12 09 Feb 21
    We highly recommend the courses offered by Elite Animation Academy - we... have taken both in person and online courses with their school. The classes are well-run, entertaining, and offer great insight to the art and animation world. And, the instructors are experienced, knowledgeable, and inspiring. Very professional school with excellent communication from the instructors and management. We will continue to take course with Elite Animation Academy!read more
    Angela Magac
    Angela Magac
    17:08 12 Oct 19
    My daughter absolutely LOVES Elite Animation Academy!! She has taken... several courses here and her art skills have improved exponentially. The teachers are AMAZING and they nurture your child's love of art in all aspects. I highly recommend Elite Animation Academy to cultivate your budding artists creativity and skill set.read more
    Sharon Bonet
    Sharon Bonet
    16:25 22 Jul 19
    My daughter loves this school, she has attended multiple summer camps and... taken several classes. The staff is amazing, professional, and extremely patient. I highly recommend it!read more
    Nina Khan
    Nina Khan
    18:31 10 Jun 19
    Always a great experience at Elite Animation Academy! Teachers and staff... are fantastic!read more
    Angie Robinson
    Angie Robinson
    18:38 05 Jun 19
    My son had a great experience here! Teachers and staff were very welcoming... and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!read more
    H Tracy
    H Tracy
    21:30 10 Nov 18
    This place is awesome! I learned so much from Woody- he’s an amazing... artist. Can’t wait to take the next class. By the way I’m 40 years old and if I can learn a lot here- anyone can :) Come and have fun with us. Thanks Elite- you guys are the best.read more
    Edward Ho
    Edward Ho
    06:16 05 Jul 17
    This was the best camp we enrolled my daughter in for this Summer (2017)! ... She had a lot of fun and enhanced more of her creative talent for drawing and illustrating. Todd, the director of Elite Animation and all his wonderful staff made her experience enjoyable and fun. She really thrived in learning more of what she loves to do! Thank you for such an awesome time and making a part of her Summer a fantastic learning experience. We'll definitely be back! :)read more
    Joyce Bennett
    Joyce Bennett
    20:53 26 Nov 14
    Mr. West and his staff are impeccable at their work, ethics & above all... EXTREMELY Knowledgeably professional with all avenues of animation. My son is High Functioning Autistic and fell in love with the school, staff, curriculum set before him. This will be my sons career and I can not express the love and attention that Mr. West and all the teachers take a vital & intimate roll in each students curriculum. The staff and director allowed me to work with them and share my sons needs and then set an outstanding portfolio/curriculum for him to excel. I can not thank The West's and the staff for the steady hand and compassionate heart they have for their craft and these students. The ratio is perfect, learning environment is superior. We're currently working online as we're 650 miles away. Except for winter and summer where we travel and relocate. However, because of this phenomenal school we're seriously working towards living in Orlando. My sincere thank you to the West's and staff of Elite Animation. A special thank you to Mr. Jason. You make Reid's world every Saturday. read more
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