An Introduction to Stop-Motion Animation (Ages 7-11)

When: Saturday, July 8th, 10am-2pm

What: Stop-motion Animation Workshop

Cost: $25

Age Levels: Saturday’s class – 7 to 11 years old with parent

Class Plan:

Adam Fisher (“Coraline”, “Kubo and the Two Strings”) will lead students through the basics of stop-motion animation using simple puppets, toys and found objects. We will discuss the setup and tools, then utilize easily accessible software to create simple and short animations. Students will leave with the know-how to continue creating animation on their own at home.

Section 1 of the class is for smaller children (ages 7-11). We will begin by talking about what animation is and how it works. We will then collaborate on a short story idea that incorporates specific toys we have on hand. Adam will operate the camera and help the kids as they bring the story and characters to life through stop-motion animation.  Parents must be present for this class. 

Adam’s approach is fun, low-pressure and aims to inspire people to create. Animation typically takes a long time, so the goal of this class is to introduce students to tools and techniques that will allow them to continue to animate and tell their stories on their own at a very low cost.

Adam Fisher is an Associate Professor and Program Chair of Animation and Game Art at Maine College of Art & Design. Adam received his MFA in Animation with a focus on character animation in stop-motion and CG from Rochester Institute of Technology; he earned a BA in Film Studies at Wesleyan University. Adam came to MECA&D with a wealth of experience, including having worked on seven feature films, six of which were nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Film category, as well as on an Emmy-award-winning television series (Tumble Leaf, Season 1), several commercials, and many personal projects. More recently, he worked on Missing Link, which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2019 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. 

This workshop is currently full. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the waitlist.