It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the TUMO logo! Actually, if you’re in a TUMO Motion Graphics workshop, it’s probably all three.

As the name suggests, the art of motion graphics takes any 2 or 3D graphic and puts it into motion. That entails either creating the image from scratch or using a readily available one. Though motion graphics doesn’t sound like it has the immediate pizazz of something like programming or photography, the field is developing quickly and is a necessity in many other fields including filmmaking and video game design. “A lot of times, students will come to the first level and really have no idea what motion graphics is, they’re just interested in exploring and learning something new. By the end of the first workshop, they already have a strong foundation and are able to talk to their friends about what motion graphics is,” explains one of TUMO’s motion graphics workshop leaders, Tatev Avetisyan. Now what exactly do teens learn in each level of motion graphics at TUMO? Glad you asked.

Level I

This is the time to explore the fundamentals of After Effects. Students are tasked with telling a story by creating a 4-piece storyboard on Photoshop and they must use one transition while doing so. “The first level gives them a foundation to build upon in the second and third levels. I want them to feel as natural using After Effects as they do when using paper and pencil,” Lori Boghossian, also a motion graphics workshop leader, notes.

Level II

Already armed with a beginner’s understanding of what’s possible with motion graphics and the tools at their disposal, TUMO teens are given the chance to flex their creative muscles. Students pick any theme or topic and create a short video about it. Using After Effects and Illustrator, students must demonstrate some of the various techniques and skills they’ve learned in the level regarding lighting, shape animation, working with cameras and creating a 3D environment.

Level III

At this point, teens are all over it. The “it” being motion graphics, of course. Working either in groups or individually, teens create an infographic video on any topic of their choosing. This project requires skills in not only Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects (because that would be too easy), but also research. As they’re working on infographics, students must make sure all the facts they gather are informative and present the topic accurately. The project is especially complex when working in groups as the teens have to create a uniform style that each team member must adhere to.

By the end of the three levels, teens already know their way around After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator. But besides that, they also get a glimpse of what awaits them if they continue in the world of motion graphics. As Lori enthusiastically elaborates, “You build a character from scratch. You model it, you render it, you texture it, you give it life!”

We’ve talked so much about motion graphics, how about now you meet the motion graphics workshop leaders, Lori, Mark and Tatev.