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John Mahoney Instructor

Idea Concept Professor – Lucasfilm San Francisco & Singapore
Drawing & Sculpture Professor – Cal Arts, Gnomon, USC
Drawing & Sculpture Professor – Ngee Ann Poly – Singapore

John Mahoney has taught around the world such diverse classes as: Character Sculpture, Zbrush, Figure Drawing, Character Design, Production Design, Story Board, Stop Motion Animation, Traditional Animation, and Portfolio Development for over ten years now.

John Mahoney work experience:
Idea Concept Professor – Lucasfilm San Francisco & Singapore
Visual Development Artist – on ten Walt Disney Feature Animations
Visual Development Artist – Warner Bros. Animation
Concept sculptor – Walt Disney Imagineering
Art Director Visual Consultant – SOFA Studio Taiwan
Concept Art lecturer – Art Center College of Design
Character Design lecturer – USC
Sculptor – Jib Jab Studio
Drawing & Sculpture Professor – Cal Arts & Gnomon
Drawing & Sculpture Professor – Ngee Ann Poly – Singapore
Color Stylist – Cartoon Network
Creature Designer – Miramax Films

John Mahoney Bio
John graduated from Pratt Institute in NYC with a BFA in Illustration. He left New York to do a Disney animation internship in Orlando Florida. Several months later he returned to New York to work on a series of television commercials. A few years later he moved to Los Angeles to work for Disney feature Animation as a Visual Development Artist on such films as Atlantis, Treasure Planet and Emperors New groove. His short film created for a pitch to help sell Emperors New Groove was instrumental in getting that film green lit.

After working on ten Disney feature films John decided to pursue his passion as an independent film maker. Since then, John has produced over twenty short films and two independent features. He has directed numerous documentaries on such prominent people as Doug Chaing, designer of the new Star Wars films and Tyrus Wong, designer of Bambi. He taught such diverse classes as figure drawing, sculpture, film design, storyboards, stop motion animation, and character design in the United Stated as well as in Singapore and Taiwan. John’s illustration work has been showcased in Spectrum, the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, The Great Big Book of Fashion Illustration, Heavy Metal Magazine, and in the Erotic Signature Books.

John has had several gallery exhibitions around the Los Angeles area, iIncluding a one man show at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena and currently works in Los Angeles as a Concept Designer and Independent Film Maker.

tchonin_thumbModerator Tenny Chonin Director of Artist and Professional Development at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Tenny Chonin combined her teaching and artistic experience to develop programs designed to enrich the creative lives of the Disney artists.

Tenny led the department that conceived and produced all training and enrichment activities for the feature animation division.
Her group provided cross-training, new software training, daily art classes, workshops, seminars, production-specific events,
mentoring and much more. Tenny had the pleasure of working closely with Disney’s studio artists and trainees, apprentices and new hires.  No wonder she proclaims that she had “the best job at Disney Animation.”

Tenny is currently consulting on projects that further the education of animators in film and television.

Bobby Beck, Cofounder and CEO at Animation Mentor
Bobby Beck is the cofounder and CEO of Animation Mentor. Bobby was an animator at Tippett Studio, Walt Disney Feature Animation and Pixar Animation Studios. Bobby created Animation Mentor with longtime friends Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena to help people who love animation reach their full potential and fulfill their dreams.


Lori Hammond ~ currently the Academic Director of Media Arts & Animation, Game Art & Design, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics and Visual Game Programming at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood.
Ms. Hammond has worked as a Training Specialist at Disney Feature Animation Studios, where she worked on films; “Bolt”, Goofy Short “How to Hook Up your Home Theater” and “Princess & The Frog”. Ms. Hammond has worked in feature film, TV, Webinars, and shown her work in galleries both nationally and internationally.


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