Art / Animation Classes

Mr. Keady Brings a Love of Craft to His Classes


Kevin Keady heads the animation program at GMS Magnet, and brings his love of art and illustration to our program. Over the years he has helped many students go on to enjoy art-related careers and jobs within the animation and entertainment industry. Now Mr. Keady is in a partnership with Nickelodeon Animation, opening up even more opportunities for our GMS students.


Mr. Keady focuses on a foundation of traditional art and visual storytelling. His classes stick to traditional, two-dimensional animation using computers to film animations drawn on paper. Students will get an introduction to using Adobe Photoshop, with advanced students using software to draw story boards and create animation using Toon Boom Software. The future is in the hands of our students, and the key is unlocking their imagination.

Mr. Keady is also the advisor to our school's Animation Club, where students can unleash their creativity at lunch in his room.

Student Drawings and Illustrations
Student Animations
Mr. Keady's Illustrations and Cartoons
Mr. Keady's Animations

The following art and animation classes are available to GMS Magnet students:

Animation 1

Animation 2



Cartooning & Animation 1 and 2

The purpose of this course is to provide a balanced visual arts program, which guides students to achieve the standards in the visual arts. In Cartooning and Animation, students learn about the history and techniques of illustration, cartooning and animation in conjunction with learning about their aesthetic properties. The course includes freehand drawing and rendering, layout, and the use of basic drawing tools and various materials for the reproduction of images. Students study uses for and thematic elements, character development, and visual effects incorporated into political and social cartoons in historical and contemporary times. Careers in cartooning, animation and interactive gaming will be discussed.

Instructional topics include:

The Human Image in Cartoons: A Historical Perspective

Aesthetic Decisions and Personal Judgments

Media and Materials

Layout and Graphic Reproduction

Anatomy and Figurative Images

Facial Expression and Caricatures

Story telling and Storyboards

Captions and Lettering

Political Cartoons

Multiple Images and Illustrations

Animation and Claymation

Careers in Cartooning and Animation


The purpose of this course is to provide a balanced visual arts program, which guides students to achieve the standards in the visual arts. In Drawing AB, emphasis is on the development of students' skills and knowledge to improve object representation using line, value, shape, and composition. The course is centered upon the study of drawing in historical and contemporary times and aesthetic criteria relevant to their understanding and appreciation. Students are prepared for advanced classes in the visual arts, and with knowledge of careers.

Instructional topics include:

History of Drawing: Periods, Artists, Materials

Aesthetic Decisions and Personal Judgments

The Principles of Design and Composition

The Elements of Art and Color Theory

Media and Materials: Traditional and Nontraditional

Interior and External Environments

Contour and Gesture Drawing

Portraiture and Caricature

Contemporary Drawing: Artists and Styles

Cartoons: Humor and Social Commentary

Visual Journal and Development of Personal Content

Careers in the Visual Arts