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 Volume 12, Issue 65  |  August 14, 2020

Laguna College of Art and Design Animation

celebrates 20th anniversary with new exhibition

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) BFA program in Animation celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition that honors the history of hand-drawn classical animation, Line-Form-Motion-Emotion: The 2D Classical Animation Process. The exhibition at LCAD Gallery in downtown Laguna Beach opened on Thursday, Feb 6 and will run through February 27. 

During Art Walk on February 6, students and visitors had the opportunity to watch a live animation demonstration by LCAD Alumna and freelance animator Sophia Green. She will also be at a vintage animator’s desk on the following dates and times: Saturday, Feb 15 and Saturday, Feb 22 from noon to 3 p.m. 

Laguna College Sophia

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LCAD Alumna and freelance animator Sophia Green

The exhibition features rarely seen hand-drawn images of the character Doc from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, by legendary Disney animator Fred Moore. Visitors will see hand-drawn animation sequences that detail the creative stages of 2D character animation. Works by prominent animators from the personal collections of Dave Kuhn, former chair of LCAD Animation, and Daniel Boulos, current Animation program chair, are also on display. 

Laguna College animation

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Hand-drawn animation sequences

“From the very beginning, each student who undertakes the LCAD Animation degree program is trained in the tradition of hand-drawn animation to bring characters to life through motion and emotion,” said Boulos. “Whether our students are working with paper, pixels, or puppets, they become exceptional storytellers who understand the entire process of filmmaking.” 

Laguna College Burke

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President of LCAD Jonathan Burke

Jonathan Burke, president of LCAD, says, “We hope our neighbors as well as visitors from far and wide come and see this extraordinary exhibition showing how animators become actors with pencils. Not only does this exhibition celebrate the rich artistic heritage of traditional animation, it also gives an insight into the emotional storytelling abilities an animator must possess to bring hand-drawn characters to life. What sets LCAD Animation apart, is that students develop the ability to conceptualize stories, then draw the 2D characters that convincingly move, speak, and act.”

Laguna College Rayna

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Rayna Lenski, recent LCAD Animation graduate

Founded in 1961, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is one of the top art and design schools in the nation. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees (BFA) in Animation, Drawing + Painting, Experimental Animation, Game Art, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Illustration and Illustration in Entertainment Design, as well as Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFA) in Drawing, Game Design, and Painting. 

Since its founding, LCAD’s BFA program in Animation has produced a cadre of diverse alumni who have gone on to work at studios such as Cartoon Network, Disney, DreamWorks, Industrial Light & Magic, Nickelodeon, Obsidian Entertainment, Pixar, Sony, and Warner Bros. to name a few. 

LCAD Gallery is located at 374 Ocean Ave and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free. 

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