It’s understandable if the kids want to chill out and watch cartoons or play video games this spring break — we all know school is hard work! But we also know the benefit of staying engaged and pursuing passions. If your kids like to draw, doodle, or tell stories, they can skip watching cartoons and make their own instead! Quickdraw Animation has spring break camps that will help kids bring their stories to life through animated movement.

For 40 years, the non-profit Quickdraw Animation Society has been promoting the art of animation in Calgary and western Canada. Quickdraw provides animation resources, classes, and opportunities to meet and be inspired by professional animators. Some Quickdraw students have grown up and gone on to careers as artists and animators! They are Calgary’s home for independent animation.

Quickdraw Animation Spring Break Camps (Family Fun Calgary)

Quickdraw Animation has a spring break camp during the CBE March break from March 27 – 31, 2023, and during the CSSD Easter break from April 10 – 14, 2023. Both camps are available for kids ages 8 – 14 years old and they run from 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Participants will explore the process of animation through drawings, cutout characters, plasticine, and easy-to-use computer animation programs. Each student will complete a short animated movie (complete with sound!) and receive a compilation of the class work at the end of the camp. Animation instructors will go through the basics of animation timing and spacing and employ techniques such as making animation puppets, boils, and replacement animation. Class sizes are kept small for maximum success and no animation or drawing experience is necessary — just come with your ideas!

If you’re attending the March break camp, you will focus more on stop motion animation than digital and this camp is actually taking place at CSIF this year, just down the street from Quickdraw.

Quickdraw Animation Spring Break Camps (Family Fun Calgary)

Due to the small class sizes, these camps will fill up quickly, so register your young creator online soon! Every day of the camp is fun, hands-on, creative, and energetic, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to bring stories to life!

Quickdraw Animation Spring Break Camps:

When: March 27 – 31, 2023
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Where: CSIF
Address: 1725 10 Ave SW #100, Calgary, AB

When: April 10 – 14, 2023
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
: Quickdraw Animation Society
Address: 2011 10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB