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ProWeekend - Animation and Illustration Weekend Seminar sponsored by Lipscomb University presents ProWeekend Seminar hosted by Lipscomb University. Disney animators Ruben Aquino, Claire Keane & Tom Bancroft will be converging on Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN for seminars, lectures and networking.  This is an opportunity to learn techniques, tips & tricks used by professional animators, character designers and concept artists who have worked on some of your favorite movies.  In addition, there will be an exciting character design contest and plenty of opportunities to ask your questions of these talented artists. ProWeekend Seminar sponsored by Lipscomb University

Have you ever wanted to meet and learn from some of the best artists and creators in the industry? Wouldn’t it be awesome to discover the professional tips and tricks you won’t learn in art school? Here is your chance!

The very first ProWeekend Seminar includes lectures from these amazing artists:

  • Disney Animation Legend, RUBEN AQUINO
  • Disney Concept Artist, CLAIRE KEANE
  • Disney Supervising Animator, Director, Author, TOM BANCROFT

Taught By A Pro presents the ProWeekend seminar to give you the chance you have been dreaming about to learn from some of the best artists in the world all within the beautifully hip surroundings of Nashville, TN!   This is THE event to meet fellow students and pros from around the country and expand your professional network.

Included in the early registration fee of $150

  • - Lectures and demonstrations from Ruben Aquino, Tom Bancroft & Claire Keane
  • - Q & A with Claire Keane, Ruben Aquino, &  Tom Bancroft
  • - Opportunity to have your contest submission reviewed by Claire Keane, Ruben Aquino or Tom Bancroft
  • - All in the beautiful setting of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet some of the greats! This is probably the only opportunity to see these great artists together in a seminar format.

Friday Night VIP Dinner – Limited Seating

For those who choose the VIP Dinner, the weekend begins Friday night with an optional VIP dinner with the visiting Pros and additional surprise celebrity pros on Friday night including John Pomeroy, Guy Gilchrist and Doug TenNapel. Note that there is an extra $99 fee for this exciting limited opportunity. For tickets and more details.

Saturday All Day Seminar – Lectures from Ruben Aquino, Claire Keane & Tom Bancroft

Saturday is a full day of seminars and lectures from three top industry professionals from animation, character design and concept art.  Lectures will be held at the Shamblin Theater at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN


Each of the guest lectures will present for two hours on their career and experience. In addition to providing insight into how they do what they do, they will be providing tips and tricks they have learned along the way. The lectures will also include demonstrations of their techniques.

RUBEN AQUINO - Disney Animation Legend

Ruben is a hand-drawn character animator and supervising animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios.   His work includes several of Disney’s most-loved characters including adult Simba in The Lion King, Chief Powhatan in Pocahontas, Maurice in Beauty and the Beast, Denahi in Brother Bear, Captain Shang in Mulan, Pleakley and David in Lilo and Stitch and the infamous villain Ursula in The Little Mermaid.

TOM BANCROFT - Disney Supervising Animator, Director, Author

Tom Bancroft has almost 25 years of experience in the animation industry, most of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator for 11 years on films like: “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin”, “Mulan”, and “Brother Bear”.  His popular character design instruction books, “Creating Characters with Personality” and “Character Mentor” have become the most recognized books on designing characters .

CLAIRE KEANE - Disney Concept Artist

Claire Keane is an illustrator and visual-development artist who worked for many years at Walt Disney Animation Studios. While there, she designed on movies such as Tangled, Enchanted, and Frozen. She studied at the Ecole Superieure D’Arts Graphiques in Paris, where she met her husband and part-time collaborator, Vincent Rogozyk. Claire is the daughter of legendary animator Glen Keane and granddaughter of Bil Keane, creator of the comic strip “The Family Circus”.


Attendees can compete in a character design contest for valuable prizes.  This is your opportunity to show your stuff and make an impression on your heroes, who will be judging the entrees.

ProWeekend Agenda – October 24-26, 2014

Friday, Oct. 24th

7:00 PM - VIP Dinner – Dinner for fans to meet the visiting and local Pros at a restaurant in Nashville, TN. This limited seating event requires an extra $99 charge. Pros in Attendance (tentative): Claire Keane, Skottie Young, Ruben Aquino, John Pomeroy, Doug TenNapel, Guy Gilchrist and Tom Bancroft.

Saturday, Oct. 25th  at Shamblin Theater at Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

7:00 – 7:30 AM – Meet and Greet Coffee

7:30 – 8:00 AM – Tom Bancroft Welcome and Introduction

8:00 – 10:30 AM – Ruben Aquino Lecture on Animation

10:30 – 1:00 – Tom Bancroft Lecture on Character Design

1:00 – 1:30 PM – Lunch (lunch included in registration fee)

1:30 – 2:30 – Character Design Contest Review (contest rules and instructions provided by 10/18)

2:30 – 5:00 PM – Claire Keane Lecture on Concept Art

5:00 – 6:00 PM – Q & A with Artists for The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7:00am to 6:00pm
Submission Deadline 
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7:00am
Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN, 37204
United States