Summer School Drawing for Movement (postponed due to COVID)

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Summer School Drawing for Movement (postponed due to COVID)

Summer school

Target audience

The program is designed for students or professionals with a strong desire to develop their gesture drawing skills. The course will interest people in animation, illustration, fashion, comic book, and graphic storytelling. Participants should have a previous life drawing experience. The program will be 100% in English and participants will need to have a level of English that will allow them to follow the lectures.


Applicants must complete the application form (.PDF) and return it to with examples of graphic work.
The selection committee accepts to view the work on websites or Tumblr, or to receive it via Filemail or WeTransfer.
There will be no formal evaluation, marks or grades. GOBELINS will not return any submitted material.
Applications may be submitted starting February 1st 2020.
After evaluation of the application, participants will be notified about their admissibility by email within 3 weeks after submission.

Package solutions

package 1 : 1 500 €
package 2 : 1 100€

Further information

The selection process will continue until June 2020 if places remain available.

After notification of admissibility, final admission to the Animation Summer School will be confirmed only after the school receives full payment of the fees. All payments must be completed before May 15th 2020.

In the event of a cancellation before 1st April 2020, all participation fees will be reimbursed. In the event of a cancellation after 1st April 2020, GOBELINS, l’école de l’image will retain 50% of fees paid.  In the event of cancellation after 1st June 2020, GOBELINS reserves the right to retain the full payment.

Further information :
Tel. : +33 (0) 1 40 79 92 65


July 6th to July 10th 2020

GOBELINS campus Paris - St Marcel



Due to the global context, all of our summer schools have been replaced by online courses. Please bear in mind that the information on this page is purely indicative. We really hope to be able to welcome you on site again in 2022.

In the meantime, check the online courses section, we will update it regularly!




Capture the essence of the pose to tell your story!

Whether youʼre interested in working as a character designer, storyboard artist, animator, or illustrator for animation, comics or childrenʼs books; all require strong drawing skills to tell your story. Gesture drawing is the most important part of those skills to effectively communicate your ideas to an audience. The program will look at how to capture the essence of the pose for character design, storyboarding, animation and illustration. Each day we will explore different graphic principles including lines of action, rhythm and exaggeration, shapes and the flexibility of the pose to create expressive drawings.

Building on 40 years of experience teaching animated storytelling, GOBELINS is organising a new International Summer School to enable students and professionals from around the world to better understand the importance of gesture drawing for animation.


Tel. : +33 (0) 1 40 79 93 10



Tel. : +33 (0) 1 40 79 93 10



Tel. : +33 (0) 1 40 79 93 10



The program is designed for anyone interested in capturing movement in drawing and improving their gesture drawing skills.

Niall Laverty is an animator, illustrator and has a passion for gesture drawing. He will give lectures, demos and critiques that guide participants through topics including:

• Lines of Action - Understanding the rhythm of the pose

• Straights & Curves - Designing the drawing

• Squash & Stretch - Flexibility in the drawing

• Exaggeration - Pushing the pose

• Silhouette - Shapes of action




Practical information

Dates and class schedules

Classes at the international summer school at GOBELINS will be held from Monday July 6th to Friday July 10th 2020 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. (certain classes or activities may begin earlier and finish later).

Accomodations and meals

During the week of Summer School, students will have access to a lunch room in Gobelins.

A welcome dinner will be offered upon arrival (date to be confirmed).

Local transportation

The international summer school is held on the premises of GOBELINS, l’école de l’image located at 73 Boulevard Saint-Marcel in the 13th district of Paris, near the Metro station « Les Gobelins » (line N°7 ).

Each participant for the complete package will receive upon arrival on Sunday July 5th a travel card or tickets for use on the metro and buses serving the Paris city centre for the period of July 6th through July 12th.

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