Thursday, February 14, 2013

Elite Animation Academy

Elite Animation Academy  (The Shoppes at Windermere 8933 Conroy-Windermere Road
Orlando, Fl above Costello's Pizza ) is an art and animation program designed for animation students. The Academy is instructed by former Walt Disney Studios Florida  Animator Paulo Alvarado, a graduate of the prestigious Ringling College of Art and Design located in Sarasota, FL.  At  Elite Animation Academy we are “Developing Young Minds through the Art of Animation."

Elite promises to  provide young students the education and the tools necessary to create a portfolio to enhance  animation skills and take it to the next level, should the student want to pursue a career in animation, graphic or game design.  Classes are after school, with convenient afternoon hours for parents and students.  We focus on basic to intermediate levels with an emphasis on history, theory, and sketch along with Animation exercises each week after the topic.

The Elite Animation Academy classroom used to be The Art Room, which has moved to a new location. Elite Academy was founded in July of 2012 with the first classes taking place in the Ascension Church (4950 South Apopka Vineland Rd., Orlando FL). The interest and demand grew so fast that they realized they had to find a permanent home.

I found out about the opening day of the Academy when I bumped into Paulo and his wife while shopping at Publix Supermarket. Dominic Carola and his wife Love were at the opening along with many other former Disney Animation Artists. It was like a small reunion. A line of computers were under constant use by the kids who were there. They were using a basic drawing program and playing video games. One game was controlled with hand gestures. The computer's camera must have sensed the hand movements. It was odd seeing kids swatting the air with their hands. Several former Disney Artists couldn't resist doing a digital drawing of their own. One wife seemed quite enamored watching her husband sketch on the computer.

One artist told me about an animated short he is working on called "Crackerland" it is meant as a spoof of the old Florida down home attractions before the big theme parks took root. There was punch and cookies in the hall. Dominic's children were middle school aged which immediately made me feel old. The last time I saw them they were babies.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at


Unknown said...

Tom I really love your style of drawing! I found your site through seeing your pictures on another and had to check out more!

Keep it up they are so good and you are so talented. Can't wait for your next post! x x

Todd West said...

Thanks for posting. The drawing looks great and we were very happy with the turnout to the Grand Opening of Elite Animation Academy.

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