COURSE – Animation Software: Toon Boom Harmony

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS)


Technical skills development
Beginner & Intermediate


January 16, 23, 30, 2019
6:30pm – 9:30pm

3 sessions

Non-member $160 / TAIS Member $125 / Subsidized $60 CLASS FULL Waitlist Only

Using TAIS new fleet of Wacom 22HD Cintiqs, participants in this course will become familiar with Toon Boom software as well as some 2D animation techniques they can use to enhance their independent practice.

Please note: Participants will need to bring their own laptops with the software pre-downloaded. TAIS can offer limited laptops on a first-come-first-served basis.

Class 1: Familiarizing yourself with the interface, sketching, colour, cleanup, timeline, nodes 
In this class we will be looking at the Harmony interface. How it relates to other programs we already know, and how it differs. By the end of this class we’ll want to have a finalized design for our character. Students will be doing the vectorized cleanup needed for next week’s rigging class. (including mouths, eyes, feet)

Class 2: Rigging (way more nodes)
In this class we will be creating a simple rig of our character for animation. We will be covering a lot of technical information in regards to how to build puppets, pitfalls, missteps and things to keep in mind.We’re setting up our characters for walks and lipsync. Students will need to have their finished rig done for next week’s animation class.

Class 3: Animation
Students will be creating a walk cycle or lipsync animation. (Time permitting, both) Students should have a two second audio clip selected prior to this class.


Rae Dickey is the Rigging Supervisor at Brown Bag Films Toronto. She has 6 years experience managing a rigging team, developing rig styles for production, and streamlining existing techniques. She’s also a not-so-secret secret Harmony wizard, and has been teaching both coworkers, and students alike the mystic ways of the Harmony arts over her decade or so long career. For the last 3 years she’s been convincing her Max the Mutt students that Harmony isn’t that scary. They get the swing of it, and so can you!


TAIS Workshops are presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.


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