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Tommy Simms AND Jamie Hazelwood present a Fantastically FUN course: "Creating Your Own Claymation Movies!" Read these two talented teachers’ biographies below, and then take a few minutes to watch some Claymation Movies completed by their previous amazing students.

Tommy SimmsTommy Simms - Animator, Puppeteer, Cartoonist

Tommy Simms has enjoyed cartoons for as long as he can remember. He was inspired to draw at an early age… growing up watching Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station! He always remembers to follow Mark’s 3-D’s of Drawing - “Dream it! Draw it! Do it!”

Tommy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts who specializes in stop-motion animation, puppetry, and cartoons. While at UWM, he studied the art of animation under Disney/Simpsons animator, Tim Decker. Tommy is the creator of such animations as "FEED ME!" (an excerpt from Little Shop of Horrors) and the award-winning "The Legend of Leatherface Larry" (a claymation that follows the adventures of a sheriff in the Wild West). A few Film Festivals have featured Tommy's Toons and some have also been shown on Public Television. Milwaukee’s YoungBlood Theatre and Present Music have featured his animations in their live stage productions. He also animated a few shorts for The Poetry Foundation’s nationwide Poetry Everywhere program. Over the years, Tommy has given lessons on how-to-draw cartoon characters, and has taught several animation classes in the community – including claymation classes at Tim Decker’s Cartoon Adventure Camp and Mark Kistler’s Visual and Performing Fine Arts Camp!

Tommy Simms in Cannes, France 2014

Jamie and Tommy have collaborated for years on many Claymation and Puppetry projects, (Jamie even assisted Tommy in his Cannes Film Festival Film "Leatherface Larry"!), most recently in creating/producing an entire online Claymation Course for


Jamie HazelwoodJamie Hazelwood - Animator, Puppeteer

At the ripe ole age of 6, Jamie Hazelwood discovered a whole new world in animation and hasn't left it since! From the classic hand drawn Disney films to the amazingly detailed recent stop motion films, inspiration has never stopped for Jamie!

Following his love of drawing and film, Jamie studied at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in Art and Animation under the tutelage of Disney Animator Tim Decker. During his time at UWM, he specialized in stop motion and created the short “The Misadventures of Nigel and Reginald: The Necessity of Narcissism,” which follows the tales of two arrogant bumbling treasure hunters in search of fame and adventure.

Continuing his education in Animation, Jamie went to the Milwaukee Area Technical College to learn the craft of 3-D Animation and helped create the short “Bradley Acting Badly” which takes place all inside a mischievous character’s head! Upon his graduation, he was awarded the Lamp of Knowledge trophy, given to one student who best represents the program through hard work and dedication handpicked by the department professors.

Take a look at these videos to learn more about the exciting world of Claymation Animation!

Have a look at some of the claymation projects Tommy and Jamie have worked on before!



All lessons are recorded and posted for registered students anytime - 24/7, so you can watch and review these lessons as many times as you want.  


3 Films

Themes: Household Pets / Arctic / Desert

- 4 lessons per Film

  • Lesson 1 - Drawing Ideas, Storyboard, Title Card
  • Lesson 2 - Characters
  • Lesson 3 - Set
  • Lesson 4 - Animating - 90 minutes


2 Films

Themes: Prehistoric Past Dinosaurs / Futuristic Space Adventure

- 6 lessons per Film

  • Lesson 1 - New Idea Intro, Draw Ideas, Storyboard, Title Card
  • Lesson 2 - Characters
  • Lesson 3 – Characters/Set
  • Lesson 4 - Set
  • Lesson 5 - Finish Set & Props
  • Lesson 6 - Animating - 90 minutes


1 Film

Theme: Superheroes

- 12 lessons for Film

  • Lesson 1 - Intro, Draw Ideas, Storyboard, Title Card
  • Lesson 2 - Wire Armatures
  • Lesson 3 - Sculpting Heads, Discuss Baking Clay
  • Lesson 4 - Make Interchangeable Mouth Shapes
  • Lesson 5 - Build Bodies, Discuss Tie-Downs
  • Lesson 6 - Finish Characters, Begin Sets
  • Lesson 7 - Build Sets and Props
  • Lesson 8 - Build Sets and Props
  • Lesson 9 - Build Sets and Props
  • Lesson 10 - Finish Sets, Lighting - Setting the Scene
  • Lesson 11 - Staging Scene, Acting, Intro to Animation, Start Animating - possibly 90 minutes
  • Lesson 12 - Animating, Animate Special Effects, Finishing the Film - 90 minutes

ATTENTION Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students!

In Addition to our weekly three courses, TOON-in for Extra Lessons that cover Special Topics!!!

If there’s something that we need to go into further detail on, we’ll host additional lessons.

We’ll notify you when to look for these classes.

"Claymation" Courses

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Membership includes many hours of recorded lessons. 

Supplies can be purchased online or at local area arts and craft stores such as Utrecht, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn Fabrics. These claymation projects can get quite supply-heavy. But have no fear - not all supplies are needed instantly or for every project. We’ll inform you what is needed as we go. The important supplies you need are Cardboard Boxes, Set Materials, Clay, Clay, and more CLAY!

Besides your local art stores, you can find the clay you need here:

Basic Supplies Everyone Needs:

  • Polymer Clay (Sculpey III works best).This clay comes in individual colored packets and can be mixed to create new colors.It also comes in a Multicolored Multipack!
  • Clay Tools Multipack
  • Sketchbook (to design ideas in)
  • Pencils (not only to draw with, but to use as a clay tool)
  • Paperclips (use as clay tools)
  • Toothpicks (use as clay tools)
  • Cardboard boxes (Banker Boxes or Shoeboxes - used for Sets)
  • Construction Paper (multiple colors)
  • Glue (sticks might be less messy, but bottles work well)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paper Towels
  • You’ll need at least one type of the following OPTIONAL Supplies…
  • Markers (OPTIONAL - washable is fine – can be used to decorate sets)
  • Crayons (OPTIONAL - can be used to decorate sets)
  • Colored Pencils (OPTIONAL - can be used to decorate sets)
  • Paint (OPTIONAL - acrylic or water colors - can be used to decorate sets)
  • Paint Brushes (if you use paint)
  • Cotton balls (for set decoration, animation effects)
  • Plastic Wrap (for animated water effects)
  • Fishing Line (for animated special effects)
  • Clamp Lights
  • Tri-Pod (for digital camera)
  • Digital Camera (or Smartphone or Tablet) and Memory Card
  • Your Imagination!


Advanced Supplies:

  • Wire
  • Wooden Balls (for inside clay heads)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Drill
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Epoxy (“Mighty Putty” works well)
  • Foam
  • Cotton Stuffing
  • Fabric
  • White Beads (for eyes)
  • Box Cutter
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Flat Push Pins or Magnets (for Interchangeable Mouth Shapes)


Types of Animation Software:

iPhone and iPad Users – Free App: “iMotion HD” (costs $2 if you want to email or upload animations)

Smartphone and Tablet Users – Search: Stop-Motion Animation Apps

PC Users – Windows Movie Maker

Mac Users – iMovie

NOTICE: Your membership may take up to 3-days before it is fully set up.  You will receive an email with final instructions for you to complete.

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Your family will find this learning experience engaging, fun, and tremendously rewarding. If “Creating Your Own Claymation Movies” Virtual Classroom does not surpass your expectations, I will fully refund your money.