Now is your chance! Limited to 16 seats for a WHOPPIN’ $2500 bucks! If only I could afford to attend! Well worth it, students must send in their portfolios and demo reels to get accepted. The classes will start June 9th and be for 12 weeks ending on August 25, 2012. The classes are going to be held at Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD).

I got in contact with Dave Kuhn over at LCAD and he gave me some more specifics.

Laguna College of Art and Design is proud to announce the Eric Goldberg Animation Master Class for Summer 2012. This workshop will be held for 12 consecutive Saturdays at the Animation Department of LCAD in Laguna Beach, California from June 9th-August 25th.

Sixteen students will have the opportunity to work on all phases of a traditionally animated short film mentored by internationally-known director and animator Eric Goldberg.

The workshop is designed for advanced college level animators and recent graduates – this is not a beginning class. Acceptance into the class is by portfolio and reel review and participants should expect to devote 40-50 hours each week to the project (classroom facilities and equipment will be provided Monday-Saturday by the LCAD Animation Department.)

The deadline for application is May 1st, 2012. Tuition is US$2500 (payable upon acceptance.) To apply, please send a portfolio including a cover letter with your e-mail contact information and a US$25 non-refundable application fee to:

Laguna College of Art and Design
Animation Department
2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Attn: Eric Goldberg Master Class

All portfolios must be on CD-ROM and include digital images at 1920×1080 resolution of the following:

Storyboard Samples (3 images – minimum 12 panels total)
Character Designs (3 images – minimum 4 drawings per image)
Background Layouts (3 images – 1 drawing per image)
Traditional Animation Reel (1 Minute Quicktime 640×480 resolution MPEG-4 Compression)

Portfolios not in the correct format will not be reviewed. Accepted students and wait-listed candidates will be notified by May 7th, 2012 and full payment of tuition is due by June 1st, 2012. Students who miss the payment deadline will lose their place in the class to a candidate on the wait list.

Thanks Dave!

Here is an update! LCAD has partnered with CTN-X to offer a contest for a complimentary seat in the class! More details here: Contest Info for Complimentary Seat

Here is a Podcast with Eric Goldberg;

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Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website Many cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators in Orlando, FL.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for “The Traditional Animation Show” in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, voice actor and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. In 2017, Lavalle brought the idea of creating a school to Don Bluth, and Don Bluth University was born. After a decade of learning from Don Bluth and working together on multiple pitches and business ventures, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.

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  1. February 27, 2012 at 11:21 pm — Reply

    Man! If this were closer to me, I’d be there in a second! Alas, I will have to wait for some future opportunity to meet this particular animation hero of mine. Maybe he’ll do another on the east coast some day! *fingers crossed*

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