Our Mission:

Rocky Mountain Animation Labs, Inc., is a 501(c)3b non-profit educational organization with one goal in mind:  Provide access to industry-standard animation education to children, young adults, and educators in the Four Corners area and beyond through dynamic extracurricular classes, summer camps, and online learning environments.

While exposing a student to their first animation experiments is important to us, of equal importance is giving them a solid foundation in the principles and theories of animation, thereby preparing them for continued college-level animation or a career in the animation or gaming industry.  Since animation is an incredibly multidisciplinary art form, students will learn not only animation techniques, but also drawing, writing, visual composition, acting, cinematography, story boarding, as well as a whole host of other related art forms.


About the COO:

David Tart is an award-winning animator, animation director and director with over 20 years of professional animation and teaching experience.  His film credits include Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story II, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Robots, The Ant Bully, Tinkerbell, Goldilocks, The Story of Animation, and Smurfs II, among others.


David has lectured on animation both nationally and internationally.  His teaching credits include Pixar University, The Art Institute, The University of New Mexico, and The Animation Workshop where he currently oversees the 3D animation curriculum.  To view his Professional Demo Reel, CLICK HERE.  To view his award-winning short film “The Story of Animation”, CLICK HERE.  Want to learn more about David and the animation process in general?  Check out this PBS-Produced Short Subject, CLICK HERE.

About the Executive Director:

We are actively looking for an Executive Director!  Could it be you?  Contact David Tart for details . . .

We’re looking for someone who a) loves animation, b) has the know-how to run an up-and-coming non-profit, and c) thinks not just about the organization’s current status, but it’s status in Durango, the rest of the world in 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, and beyond!

All Classes are in the Smiley Building!