Anime Art & Technology Camp

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Summer 2020 registration is open!

Anime Art & Technology Summer Camp

Anime is an international phenomenon! And it is growing in scope and popularity by the day! While we tend to regard anime as a distinctive Japanese media (think: “Sailor Moon,” “DragonBall-Z,” or “Speed Racer”) the term anime is just the Japanese term for animation, and there are many different styles. The popular look can change and evolve over time, but the key techniques to animation are constant: draw still images and run them in sequence to give the illusion of movement. This course will use the popular characters and styles kids love to look at as the basics of frame by frame 2D animation and give students a chance to use industry-standard software and techniques to bring their own creative vision to life.


Ages:  10–18
Dates: See below
 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition:  $445
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building
After Care:  $90/week (pickup by 6 p.m.) Learn More

The After Care program is located in Mason’s deLaski Performing Arts Building and staffed by the Academy’s summer staff. To add the After Care option, search for “After Care” before the final checkout.


Ages 14–18: June 29–July 3, 2020

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Ages 10–14: July 6–10, 2020

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Instructor:  Zachary Rhoades
Read more about Zachary Rhoades

Zachary Rhoades has been working in media since 2003, and taught undergraduate courses in animation, storyboarding, greenscreen, and production at Art Institute of D.C. and George Mason University. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Rhoades is an avid fan of all things nerd and geek, including cartoons, comics, and video games. Mr. Rhoades has created and contributed to multiple independent comics and books and is a regular contributor to “The Saturday Morning Cartoonists” podcast. Mr. Rhoades earned his bachelor’s degree in computer graphics and animation from George Mason University, and he is currently working on the independent publishing of his illustrated novel series “GENE515.”

Justin Sutters, Art Lessons
Director: Justin Sutters
Mason School of Art Professor
Read about Mr. Sutters

Dr. Sutters was a K-12 art educator in an urban school district for seven years and also taught for two years in São Paulo, Brazil. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, attained his doctorate degree from the Ohio State University receiving national recognition for his dissertation. Since, he has been an Assistant Professor and currently is the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Art Education at George Mason University. He has presented his research at the state, national and international level and is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He currently is the Chair of the Professional Learning through Research (PLR) working group of the National Art Education Association’s Research Commission, the NAEA Higher Education Representative for the Southeastern Division, on the review board of Art Education and Visual Arts Research (VAR) and has been a contributing member of the Data Visualization Working Group. His research focuses on pre-service practices, teacher licensure, national demography data, comparative studies/Brazilian studies, and theories pertaining to space and place.




“My daughter loved all of it. I loved the supreme organization of dropoff and pickup, and that she enjoyed her camp.” – Anime Art & Technology Camp 2019 Parent

“My favorite part of the camp was learning computer programs to make art.” – Anime Art & Technology Camp 2019 Participant





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