1-2-1 online training

1-2-1 online training

COVID 19 Update

All bespoke 1-2-1 training courses to be taught remotely till further notice

During the current situation with coronavirus we have decided to provide all of our courses via secure online educational conferencing software till the situation is resolved. We hope to return to classroom training before long. But meanwhile we’ll run our courses using Adobe Connect software which is secure, extremely user-friendly and stable.

How will this training work?

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email from us inviting you to an Adobe Connect meeting. In order to commence the training you need only click on the link at the time and date specified to join the session. If you’d like to try out an Adobe Connect demo, please use this link.

We will be there waiting for you, ready to provide you with bespoke 1-2-1 training on your preferred application.

Easy to set up

It’s really easy to use Adobe connect.
All you need are the following;

  • A computer or laptop with the relevant software (either Mac and Windows – both are fine)
  • An integrated video camera (or an external one)
  • An integrated microphone
    Headphones or earphones that you can use on your computer
  • A reasonably fast, reliable internet connection (hard-wired ethernet is faster than wireless)
  • For the best experience we recommend a large monitor of 21″ or more. Smaller screens work almost as well but you may need to zoom in and out a bit more on those.
  • You should download Adobe Connect software before the your training commences. This will allow you to test your connection and computer before the training day.

So you see, it’s easy to carry out our bespoke training courses online. You can book by the hour – making it easier to fit around your busy schedule.

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Drawing Classes

Drawing Classes

Drawing Classes
& webinars

Angie Taylor runs drawing classes at Creative Cabin near Brighton.
These classes are for individuals or small groups. Angie also offers online webinar classes. So if you can’t make it to the Cabin, no problem. You can learn to draw from the comfort of your own home.

About Your Trainer

Angie Taylor is the trainer for all courses taught at Creative Cabin. She has published several books & articles on motion graphic design. She is an Adobe Community Professional, contributing regularly to Adobe forums. She is a Linkedin learning instructor & teaches on MA Digital Media Arts at University of Brighton. 

Drawing classes, webinars & vacations

Drawing classes

Artist, Angie Taylor runs 1-2-1 drawing classes at Creative Cabin. These classes can be booked on an hourly basis. Angie teaches all levels of drawing with a variety of different materials. You can learn to draw with traditional material, like pencil, ink or charcoal. If you prefer, Angie also teaches drawing on iPads, tablets or computers. She has a fully-equipped studio, located in a beautiful location, overlooking the clifftops near Brighton.

Most drawing classes are run on a 1-2-1 basis but Angie can accommodate groups of 2-4 depending on the time of year and length of booking. Please get in touch to find out more.

Drawing Webinars

Artist, Angie Taylor also delivers 1-2-1 drawing classes as online webinars. These classes can also be booked on an hourly basis. All you need to do is log in, using the unique link sent to you after booking. Angie will teach you how to draw, using Adobe Connect. This allows everyone to share their webcam and microphone as well as their computer screen.

Most drawing classes are run on a 1-2-1 basis but Angie also delivers webinars to groups too. Please get in touch to find out more.

All Classes Include:

  • 1-2-1 specialist tuition
  • Tradional drawing materials
  • Access to tablets, or computers with software
  • Tea, coffee, snacks etc
  • Beatiful views nearby
  • Access to Creative Cabin’s private woodland

Drawing vacations

Artist, Angie Taylor runs her famous “Creative Escape” vacations at Creative Cabin.

Drawing is a wonderful way to relax and to take in the scenery in this beatiful location. Creative Cabin is a self-contained artists studiothat includes accommodation. Wake up with wonderful sea views. Eat delicous, home-cooked organic food. Learn new drawing skills with like-minded people.

Angie teaches all levels of drawing with a variety of different materials. You can learn to draw with traditional material, like pencil, ink or charcoal. If you prefer, Angie also teaches drawing on iPads, tablets or computers. She has a fully-equipped studio, located in a beautiful location, overlooking the clifftops near Brighton.

Most drawing classes are run on a 1-2-1 basis but Angie can accommodate couples. Perhaps you both want to learn to draw? Or perhaps your partner would like to explore the exciting city of Brighton while you spend time honing your craft? There are also golf courses nearby and plenty of other leisure options. Please get in touch to find out more.

Made by Students
of all levels

Expert Instructor

Angie Taylor graduated with a degree in sculpture and drawing from Edinburgh College of Art in 1986. Since then Angie has worked as a designer and artist. She started Creative Cabin in 2014 to teach other people the skills she has developed throughout her career. Angie also teaches at the University of Brighton.
Angie Taylor

Angie Taylor

Drawing, painting & sculpture

From Our Students

Angie’s Creative Cabin. An ideal cozy summer cottage-like training set up. I has access to a top-of-range iMac, many large screens and accessories. It also has a queen-size bed, kitchen and shower room. All overlooking the English Channel.

Angie is a passionate and skilled trainer. She knows how to communicate and make the content easy to digest. Her vast experience has helped me go to the second level and has enriched my pedagogical skills.

My training and “séjour” in the very unique Creative cabin was worth the trip: amazing intensive coaching with an exotic vacation twist.

-Suzanne Côté | Graphic designer

“It was just what I wanted – a cozy place to get away from London life and be near the sea – to walk and feast my eyes on beautiful scenery.

The cabin has a very comfortable bed and from there I could see the sea, while waiting for the rain to stop.

The bathroom has an underfloor heater, which kept my feet toasty when getting from the bed to the loo.

I was able to rest, enjoy seeing bunnies in the garden, and Phil the pheasant, while listening to birdsong upon waking.

Angie was on hand to help, and yet left me to my own devices when I needed to be alone. I recommend a visit, but do it soon, as it is going to be very popular.” -Jamie Wildman


Get In Touch

Please send us a message using the Contact Form to request more information about prices and dates.


We are located about 6 miles from Brighton on the beautiful Sussex coast. On the doorstep of the Sussex Downs.

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VR Art & 3D modelling training

VR Art & 3D modelling training

VR Art & 3D modelling

Learn how to use VR drawing, painting, animation and Sculpting apps to free up your workflow.

New VR Apps like Masterpiece VR, Gravity Sketch, Medium, Quill and Google’s Blocks and Tiltbrush are revolutionising the design world. They allow you to design with a sense of freedom and focus that desktop software cannot provide. 

In this course you will learn how to use this software withn your workflow. See how to get artwork from these apps into other software or game engines like Unity or Unreal Engine.

You can find out more about these apps on the right hand side of this page. Or, use the button below to find out about our unique 1-2-1 courses in creating VR art, sculpture and animation.

Adobe Medium (Previously Oculus)

Medium lets you sculpt and paint in  virtual reality. You no longer need to feel restricted by the edge of your 2D screen. It’s like sculpting with real clay. The possibilities are endless. Check out some of the Artwork created using Medium on Artstation . This could be you after a day or two of training.


Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless. Check out some of the artists using Tiltbrush in their work. This could be you!


Painting and animation tool Quill 2.0 is an end-to-end solution for making full VR-native animated stories. With Quill 2.0, storytellers can now become full-fledged VR directors, in addition to creating 3D painted scenes and short animated loops.

Masterpiece VR & Motion

MasterpieceVR is a collaborative sculpting and painting tool that allows users to easily create 3D content in virtual reality.

Its sister product, Masterpiece Motion, allows you to easily rig your characters. Drawing bones in our 3D environment is quick and easy. Fully rig your model from scratch, import one that’s pre-rigged, or use the auto-rig feature to accelerate this step.

Gravity Sketch

Gravity Sketch is an intuitive and immersive 3D design tool enabling designers to unleash their creativity. Quickly ideate, visualise and communicate concepts in real-time. With Gravity Sketch, your creativity is limitless.


Kanova is the new tool for sculpting in VR that uniquely allows you to choose the format you work in – unlike other VR sculpting tools.

Use it with a headset, on desktop, or a mix of both.

Because it’s based on powerful ADF technology, Kanova also gives you greater efficiency and power: zoom in to create intricate details, or zoom out and work at much larger scales.

After Effects training in Brighton

After Effects training in Brighton

Adobe After Effects with Angie Taylor

Please Contact Us to find out about Angie’s next After Effects course and book your place.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn

  • How to control timing and adjust values with the graph editor
  • Tips to help visual artists manually draw key frames in the Timeline
  • All the different interpolation types in After Effects
  • How to use the rules of animation to create compelling animation
  • How to demystify effects and make sense of them
  • How to convert vector artwork into animated shapes for infographics
  • Create 3D per-character animation directly in After Effects using the Cinema 4D Renderer
  • Build your own valuable library of custom presets and templates.

About your trainer

Angie Taylor is a motion graphic designer with 25 years experience in the film and TV industry. She’s a Lynda.com author and an Adobe Community Professional. Angie has presented seminars at conferences worldwide including After Effects World, Macworld, NAB, IBC, BVE, Reasonsto, Flash on the Beach and FMX. Angie has worked as a demo artist for Apple, Adobe and MAXON
After Effects training

After Effects training

After Effects Training

Our remote, online After Effects training courses are taught by motion graphics expert, Angie Taylor – a motion graphic designer, author and illustrator with 25 years industry experience.

Choose from our standard two-day After Effects training courses – all taught on a 1-2-1 basis. Or pick and mix modules from below to make up your own bespoke course.

Choose from our standard two-day 1-2-1 training courses. Or pick and mix modules  to make up your own bespoke course. We offer remote, online training for individuals and groups. Or you can come to our studio in Brighton for face-to-face, 1-2-1, bespoke training.

Customer Reviews

Want to hear what our customers think of our courses? You can read reviews about our training courses here.

What we cover in our After Effects training

There are four levels of After Effects training available as well as custom courses.

You can find example outlines of these courses by clicking on these links.

Each of these is a 2 day course

How does the training work?

Angie will send you an evaluation form that takes a few minutes to complete.

This will give Angie an indication of the level of After Effects training you require. She will customise the course to fit your own personal needs.

Evaluation form example

Your Instructor - Angie Taylor

You can rest assured that your instructor is highly qualified for all classes taught at Creative Cabin.

Angie is a lecturer at the Univeristy of Brighton and has taught children at several colleges, schools and universities.

All courses are taught by Angie Taylor. Angie worked as a motion graphic designer for over 25 years. You can see examples of Angie's work here on her portfolio.

Throw any question at Angie and she'll know the answer!

Angie has worked with Adobe since the early 1990's and is one of their Adobe Community Professionals.  She was employed by Adobe’s as Senior Demo Artist for their video products. Angie regularly toured the world, speaking at trade shows and conferences on behalf of Adobe and other companies, such as Apple, Microsoft, Maxon.

Angie is a published author with five books on motion graphic design. She also has several video training courses. These are available on LinkedIn Learning & Lynda.com. Angie also has several tutorials featured on Adobe TV.

In 2014 Angie moved to the south coast to set up her own private art school – Creative Cabin. At the cabin, Angie provides one-to-one bespoke training in several creative software applications.

Angie's passionate about creative training. She loves to inspire designers and artists with new ideas and techniques. You can read some reviews of Angie's training here on Google or Facebook.

If you cant get to Creative Cabin that's no problem. Angie can offer you onsite training. She also offers remote training via Adobe Connect.


Getting comfortable in After Effects

  • An overview of the After Effects interface
  • Making use of task focussed workspaces
  • Customising the application preferences
  • Project settings you need to know about
  • Creating composition settings presets
  • Useful, advanced composition settings

Importing Images into After Effects

  • Supported image types in After Effects
  • Working with Photoshop files in After Effects
  • Working with Illustrator files in After Effects
  • Importing or creating image sequences

Working with video footage in After Effects

  • Supported video formats in After Effects
  • How After Effects works with aspect ratios
  • Adjusting video frame rates and looping footage
  • Understanding video compression and codecs
  • Working with interlaced footage and field order

Timing and motion graphics

  • Importing Premiere Pro animatic via Dynamic Link
  • Adding comp or layer markers in After Effects
  • Making motion graphics dynamic with sound effects
  • Animating elements in time with music

Mastering the five transform properties

  • Rotation
  • Scale
  • Position
  • Anchor Point
  • Opacity
  • Working with 3D in a 2D environment

Applying Effects

  • Adding video effects layers (Blurs, Color correction etc)
  • Applying effects to solids (Generator effects)
  • Creating backgrounds (Fractal noise, patterns, textures)
  • Using Adjustment Layers to apply effects to multiple layers
  • Applying shadows and bevels with Layer Styles
  • Masking effects to isolated areas


  • Essential Graphics
  • Motion Sketch
  • Smoother
  • Wiggler
  • Mask interpolation

Previewing your work

  • Customising the Time control options
  • Setting up a disk cache (purging)
  • Composition panel options (fast previews, region of interest, resolution, draft options, masks, channels, view options)
  • Timeline controls (shortcuts, view area, zooming, navigating, panels)

Keyframe Assistants

  • When to use Easy Ease and when to use Continuous Bezier
  • Time-reversing keyframes and animations
  • Fixing acceleration issues with Exponential Scale.
  • Understanding keyframe interpolation
  • Auto orient rotation options.

2 day course

Intermediate After Effects

Color and channels

  • RGB, HLS and other color systems
  • Using RGB channels for color adjustment
  • Compositing images with alpha channels
  • Color spaces & color management in After Effects

Presets & Templates

  • Building a comprehensive preset library
  • Using Essential Graphics panel to create Templates
  • Working with Master Properties

Spatial Animation

  • Creating motion paths
  • Adding or removing path keyframes (drawing paths)
  • Four basic keyframe types (Linear, Auto Bezier, Continuous Bezier, Bezier)
  • Using Hold keyframes to animate sudden changes
  • Using Auto Orient to automatically rotate objects along paths.
  • Recording mouse movements with Motion Sketch
  • Creating randomness with the Wiggler
  • Physics (Balance, gravity, bounce etc)
  • Applying squash and stretch to animation

Temporal Animation

  • Adjusting timing in the Timeline (Keyframe interpolation, keyframe velocity)
  • Four basic keyframe types (Linear, Auto Bezier, Continuous Bezier, Bezier)
  • Viewing speed and value graphs in the graph editor
  • Roving Keyframes in time to even out speed changes
  • Retiming animations in the keyframe view (Alt-click and drag)
  • Matching keyframes between properties to avoid glitches (scale and position)
  • Creating overlapping actions
  • Going past the pose to create dynamism
  • Smoother

Shape Layers

  • Primitive vector shapes
  • Drawing custom vector shapes
  • Fills and strokes
  • Combining shapes
  • Shape operators
  • When to use multiple layers
  • Converting shapes from other applications

Text Layers

  • Character panel
  • Paragraph panel
  • Source text property
  • Arranging text along a path
  • adding text animator properties
  • The range selector
  • The wiggly selector

Working in the Layer Panel

  • Spotting Interlacing issues and other errors
  • Trimming footage in the Layer panel
  • Best practices for Ken Burns effects (Panning and Zooming)
  • Viewing effect paths and controls in the Layer panel
  • Working with multiple viewers


  • Parenting
  • Nesting
  • Precomposing
  • Collapsing Transformations
  • Layer and render order

2 day course

Advanced After Effects - day 1


  • Rotation linking
  • Working with 2D properties
  • Wiggle
  • Looping
  • Audio control
  • Expression controls
  • Rigging

Keying and Compositing

  • Using masks to isolate areas
  • Auto-tracing images and movies
  • Rotoscoping footage with the Rotobrush
  • Keying out green screen with the Keylight effect
  • Creating transparent keys with the Color Difference effect
  • Matte Correction technique
  • Auto-tracing movies or images

Working with the Graph Editor

  • Understanding the speed graph
  • Animating dimensions individually with the Value Graph
  • Tips tricks and techniques with the Graph editor

RGB images and channel effects

  • Blending modes
  • Mattes and Matte effects
  • Alpha channels
  • Channel effects
  • 32-bit/ linear workflows

Combining Effects

  • Procedural V’s non-procedural effects
  • Creating Fire/smoke/water with Turbulent Noise
  • Saving effect presets
  • Adding color to effects or layers
  • Distorting surfaces with turbulent displace
  • Effects that refer to other layers (Displacement maps etc)

Character Animation techniques

  • Forward Kinematic animation with layers
  • IK animation
  • Puppet Tool
  • Character Animator

Power User

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Advanced After Effects - day 2


  • 3D properties
  • Working with the 3D view menus
  • Navigating custom views with the Camera tools
  • Controlling the Axis modes
  • Cinema 4D Renderer
  • Extruding and bending layers


  • Basic camera properties
  • Using the camera tools to adjust or animate the Active camera
  • Manually adjusting using position and point of Interest and orientation
  • Using nulls
  • Zoom
  • Depth of Field
  • Keyframing cameras
  • Auto-orient options


  • Basic Light properties
  • Light types
  • Material Options
  • Shadows

Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware

  • Importing a 3D object into your comp
  • Adjusting the render settings of cineware
  • Editing the file in Cineware
  • Cineware and After Effects cameras
  • Creating a new 3D object for your comp
  • Multipass compositing


  • Masks
  • Layer Tracking
  • Camera Tracking
  • Mocha AE
  • Capturing camera moves from a GoPro

Rendering and Distribution

  • Image sequences versus movies
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • The Render Queue
  • Render Settings
  • Output Modules
  • Templates
  • Watched folders

2 day course

1-2-1 After Effects training

1-2-1 After Effects training

Sighvatur Jónsson | SIGVA media

The 1-2-1 After Effects training course at Creative Cabin was just what I needed to speed up my work in After Effects, which I’m using more and more alongside Premiere Pro for video production. The course gave me a better understanding of the interface of After Effects. I also learned about optimizing the workflow for making different kind of graphics for various projects, from simple web videos to complex documentaries.

Angie is an experienced graphic artist as well as a tutor, who knows how to communicate in both a relaxed and professional manner. The preparation for the course is also worth a mention. Angie provided me with an online survey for the evaluation of my level of experience. As a result of this survey, the course material was customized and prepared with focus on my own needs. Nevertheless there was room for making changes to the program during the two days course.

The location of the Creative Cabin, in a quiet suburb of the beautiful city of Brighton, adds the final touch. For me it was just a matter of jumping on the bus outside my hotel, enjoying the ride through the city and walk for just a few minutes to the Cabin from the bus stop.

I think it’s of high value to take a “custom made” course like this. As soon as I arrived back home I was already utilizing my new knowledge on my current projects at SIGVA media.