If Claymation is what you want to learn, the Stop-Motion Animation/Claymation #122 is a class that teaches the art of Claymation directly by Will Vinton himself. Located in Portland Oregon the class has no requirements other than a willingness to learn. Artistic experience helps, especially sculpting.
According to the official web page, "the course will explore such concepts and techniques as squash/stretch, ease in and ease out, metamorphosis, staging and composition, armatures and fabrication, clay sculpting, gesture, walks, and lip sync." The entire course costs just under $2000.00 as there are a few lab processing fees and supplies to buy on top of tuition.
Due to the popularity of stop motion course questions we get here on our site, we sent a set of questions to Will Vinton…
What makes this college so appealing is the fact that Dan Ackerman teaches there. Dan has worked at Will Vinton Studios and know what makes stop motion work. This is a highly recommended place to go. Here is Dan's bio, and below that is more information about the college itself.
Adjunct faculty, Digital Media Production
dma381 at fac.aii.edu
BFA, Film Graphics, California Institute of the Arts
Dan Ackerman is a director of photography for commercials and films whose clients include top names such as Sony, Intel, Adidas, Skyler Animation and Will Vinton Studios. He’s known for his experimental style and for his exploration of time-lapse photography and stop-motion animation. His latest work can be seen each…