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Friday, March 22nd, 3:30PM - 6:00PM

Harvey Academic Center 134 at VTSU-Lyndon

$10 suggested donation

Join students and professors from the VTSU Animation program for a fun afternoon of creating and animating. Students will create original paper puppets, and learn how to make them walk against a scrolling background. No animation experience necessary. Open to ages 8 - 18.

Kate Renner teaches Drawing, Animation, and 3D modeling courses for VTSU students who want to build a career in the animation industry. Her current writing and research includes a review of the recent Bloomsbury publication Coraline: a Closer Look at Studio LAIKA’s StopMotion Witchcraft for the Society of Animation Studies. Outside of the classroom, she is the Director of the Vermont Animation Festival, and loves to ski and bike in the hills of the Northeast Kingdom.


Saturday, March 23rd, 9:30AM - 12:00PM

Harvey Academic Center 134 at VTSU-Lyndon

$10.00 suggested donation

Join award-winning animator Dustin Grella in a workshop that combines mark-making and motion. Using everyday, easily attainable materials, Dustin will demonstrate his slate animation process, and guide participants through the steps of creating a stop-motion chalk animation. Open to all ages and levels of experience; students 10 and under should be accompanied by a helpful adult.

Dustin Grella is an animator and documentary filmmaker whose work attempts to glean glimpses of colorful insight into the seemingly mundane. His films have screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and won the Walt Disney Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. His film "Prayers for Peace" screened at almost two hundred festivals worldwide and won over forty awards. He has written and mailed himself a letter every day for the past twenty years and has over 7000 sealed letters neatly filed and categorized.  He is currently in production of the Animation Hotline, a series of micro-animations where he uses crowd-sourced voicemail messages for content. 



Saturday, March 23rd from 1:00 - 3:00PM

Harvey Academic Center 134 at VTSU - Lyndon

$10.00 suggested donation

Participants will get to try out direct drawing and etching techniques on 16mm film for a tactile animation experience. There will be a concise introduction to the medium of 16mm film and mechanics of projection. Working frame by frame in a collaborative setting, we will create a short experimental film that considers the potentials of handmade film, including how image is used to make sound in the optical track. Animators will explore the range of movement that is available in a small frame size, from the nearly impossible ‘hold’ to the much more natural ‘strobe’ and ‘morphing’ techniques. We’ll look at inspiring examples of direct-animated films to get us started. The film we create will be screened at the conclusion of the workshop.

Open to all ages and levels of experience; students 10 and under should be accompanied by a helpful adult.

Leif Goldberg lives and works in Vermont with his family. Leif is an independent experimental visual artist whose drawings and prints have been published in numerous anthologies. His animated film work has been showcased at Anthology Film Archives, and as part of the collaboration with Forcefield at the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Having taught both film and animation at the college level, he currently facilitates art workshops for kids and adults of all abilities.

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