Beginner’s Motion Graphics

in After Effects

Beginner’s Motion Graphics
  • Ages: 16+
  • Total Hours: 7 (Three x 2.5-hour sessions)

Want to create unique animated elements and credit sequences for your videos? Apply the power of Adobe After Effects to your projects!

For professional editors using editing programs like Final Cut and Adobe Premiere, After Effects has become an essential tool for creating motion graphics.

In this beginner’s class, we’ll teach you how to use After Effects for video production, introducing you to the program’s functions and possibilities.

You will work on either a new or existing personal project, to learn the basic workflow of animating objects and effects for video, as well as how to use graphic elements to create motion and title effects for your credits.

Note: If you have never used a Mac before, we recommend you take Mac Basics before taking this class.

Note: This class will be taking place at The Wacom Experience Center.

This class is part of our Animation & Visual FX track. Learn more about our media education tracks here.


Animation Producer

This certification means you can book time for free in our Animation Suite and reserve the following gear: MacBook Pro laptops with Toon Boom, After Effects and Dragonframe software; Wacom tablets; and Open Signal’s stop-motion animation kits, which each contain a DSLR camera and lights.  (Certifications for equipment are obtained through separate classes.) You’ll also be certified to submit videos to our channels.



Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Ryan Woodring Media Educator ryan [at]

I am a Portland-based artist, arts organizer, educator and founding director of Prequel Artist Incubator. I curated Future Forum prior to its evolution from artist talk series to 10-month artist training. 

I moved to Portland in 2013 to work as a visual effects artist at a stop-motion company called Laika on the Oscar-nominated film The Boxtrolls. I have shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions in the Pacific NW and Pittsburgh, including the 2016 Portland Biennial, the Cooley Gallery, Duplex Gallery, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and elsewhere. I am originally from Doylestown, PA and hold a BFA in Fine Arts (Electronic and Time-Based) and a BA in French and Francophone Studies from Carnegie Mellon.


For More Information

For general information or directions to our space, please contact our front desk at (503) 288-1515 or info [at]

To be considered for make-up sessions or for other questions about your registration, contact our Media Education department at (503) 673-8649 or education [at]

Getting Here

Open Signal is located off the #6 or #4 bus line. If you are driving to Open Signal, we have a parking lot located on NE Graham. Our main entrance is located on NE Graham off of NE MLK.


Scholarships are available to students who demonstrate financial need. If you’d like to apply, please complete the Bob Hedlund Memorial Scholarship Application form and submit along with documentation of financial need. Scholarships are reviewed on the 15th of every month and scholarships will be awarded on the 20th of every month. Applicants can apply for one scholarship slot per term, with a maximum of 3 scholarships per calendar year.

Open Signal is a Safe Space

Open Signal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the community. Open Signal does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations, and we ask that you do the same when you attend our workshops and events.

Open Signal is fully wheelchair-accessible. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request.

Equipment Certification

Open Signal workshops grant certification on the equipment and software taught in the course unless otherwise noted.

Our workshops and equipment are made available to the community at an affordable rate because we want to amplify your voice on our public access cable channels. Join our community of media-makers! We ask that you submit work regularly in exchange for the free use of Open Signal equipment and studios.

Workshops participants must attend ALL workshop sessions order to receive certification. No make-up sessions will be allowed except in cases of emergency. All certified students must complete a brief New Producer Orientation (NPO) before they are given access to our equipment. Students under the age of 18 will need to complete an NPO in the presence of their parent or guardian in order to check out equipment from Open Signal.

Cancellation Policies for Workshops

  • Workshops must meet minimum enrollment requirements to take place. If a workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified 24 hours in advance. You can transfer to the next available session of the workshop if there is one, or receive a full refund for your cancelled class.

  • You must cancel up to 72 hours in advance to receive a full refund. There will be no refunds or transfers if you cancel with less than three days notice or fail to show up.

  • Please allow 2-3 business days for all refunds to be processed.

In the event of an emergency, exchanges for class credit may be offered at the discretion of Open Signal Management.   

Inclement Weather Policy

Open Signal follows the Portland Public Schools weather closure policy. If a workshop is closed due to inclement weather, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop within the term. Full refunds or class exchanges will be offered if you can’t make the rescheduled date.