Stop Motion Animation: Character Creation

The classic art of stop motion character animation has enjoyed a well-deserved revival in the last few years. Films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, ParaNorman, andThe Boxtrollsoffer a level of physicality that computer animated films cannot. In this workshop, you will learn how to design and create a character for stop motion animation. You will then use traditional stop motion techniques to create a short animation of your own.

You will learn:

  • How to create a wire armature designed for animation
  • Proper design and creation techniques for stop motion characters
  • Camera operation, lighting, and other on-set skills


This course is open to students entering Grades 8 through 12.

Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2017

Workshop hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Students should arrive no more than 30 minutes prior to the start of class. There are free optional after-workshop activities most days from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm.*

*Due to the July 4th holiday, Session 1 hours will be 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  After-workshop activities will be from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Art and Animation

Session 1*
June 26–July 7
Session 2
July 10–21
Session 3
July 24–Aug 4
Session 4
Aug 7–18
Stop Motion Animation: Character Creation n/a n/a n/a

Workshops marked "n/a" are not being offered during that session.

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