Make It Move A Low-Tech Intro into Animation

Self-Study Class Includes Lifetime Access, Online Community & More!

6 Lessons – $29.75 $35

Create unique animated shorts from your drawings and collages using your phone or tablet! In this 6-lesson workshop, we will learn how to use a very simple animation program and explore storytelling tools such as timing, actions and sound. Bring your mixed media to life!

Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Kara Kramer

Class Description

Make it Move!
A Low-Tech Intro into Animation

Have you ever wanted to animate your artwork? Make a character wink or walk across the screen?

This class is for anyone who wants to play with movement in their art. It’s for all ages and skills — anyone who can draw a line or a dot can make an animation. There are no mistakes, it’s easy to do and the best parts are the surprises!

We will learn how to use a simple animation app, but will also be spending a lot of time with our artwork. We’ll be thinking about actions, design and character. We’ll do fun drawing exercises, brainstorming, and collage play. You will come away from this class with at least 10 short animations.

SPECIAL FEATURE! At the end of this workshop, you can (optionally) submit your animations for a class-end “reel” that we’ll feature on our blog, website and social media platforms.

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Praise for “Improv Collage” with Kara Kramer:
“I have no words to express how wonderful this class is! It‘s sparked something in me and I feel charged and alive!!! I am so motivated and it‘s making me think in different directions. Thank you so much for this freeing and fun-filled class.” — Bhupali G.

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Some Sample Animations!

Class Itinerary

Lesson 1: Set Up and Spiral Animation
We begin by creating our at-home animation set-up station, downloading the app and making a simple “spiral” animation.

Lesson 2: Line, Dot, Scribble!
Here we make three “cell” animations using a line, a dot, and a scribble as our starting points. You will need a pile of paper and your drawing tools ready as we jump right in. We will continue to explore more helpful features of the app.

Lesson 3: Collage Bits
In this lesson, we start by using pieces of collage paper to create several “stop-motion” animations. Experiment with the timing of each frame… speeding up, slowing down, and adding pauses to create a better story.

Lesson 4: Faces
More collage animations! Our focus is on faces. Continue to work with timing, deleting, and copying and pasting a frame, and we’ll add — SOUND!

Lesson 5: Ideas and Storyboards
Today we will put away our cameras and focus on searching for new imagery and ideas. We’ll start with a quick drawing exercise to generate tons of ideas, then pick two of those doodles and create storyboards for your final animations.

Lesson 6: From Storyboard to Animation
A big day! Today we will take our storyboards and bring them to life! You’ll start by creating the drawings for your cell animations, then animate! Upload your animations to be featured in the class reel!

We hope you can join us!










  • Pad of tracing paper 8″x10″ or larger
  • Stack of thin copy paper or thin sketch
  • Paper (helpful if it’s a bit transparent)
  • Color paper for backgrounds
  • Collage bits

Drawing and mark-making materials

You should not have to buy anything new, just use what you have on hand–pencils, oil pastels, markers, pens.

  • Tape
  • Plexiglass- 9″x12″ or 11″x17″
  • Mat board with a cut out 4″x6″ or 5″x7″ ( this is optional but may be nice to have to explore using when we do a collage)
  • Smartphone
  • Desk lamp
  • Stack of books

Kara Kramer

Kara Kramer is an artist and illustrator from Brooklyn, NY.

She writes:

“Something happens when I spend hours exploring and working with color, line,  paper, markers, ink, paint, pencils. It is my favorite way to be. I can breathe. Completely. Calmly. Minutes dissolve. I’m fully immersed and focused on what my hands are simultaneously creating and discovering. The time spent making is what drives me to come back day after day. The art is a result of this time, a kind of memory, print, connection to some formless flow that continues to search and develop shape to hold it, have it, know it for a moment. The art shown on this sight and in my studio and in the sidelines waiting to be made is about the joy of creating.”

Kara studied illustration at Washington University as an undergraduate in St. Louis, Mo. A few years later she moved to New York and got an MFA at the School of Visual Arts. See more of her work at or

Nuts & Bolts

  • This class is now available as a self-study class.
  • A private Facebook group is available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.
  • You will have indefinite access to this class.
“Thank YOU Kara! This class opened a whole new world for me! I am loving every minute....will continue to shimmy and shake! Thanks for the fun!” — Lisa P.
“Your class was a delight, I learned so much.” — Sandra M.
“Great and inspiring class, and I loved the film festival!” — Susan Y.