Our 2023 Workshop Lineup will be announced in January. Below are Workshop descriptions from 2022.

Is there an animation skill or technique you want to learn? Do you have a fabulous idea for a family workshop? Email your suggestions / requests to Kate Renner at kate.renner@northernvermont.edu.

All Things Pre-Production!

Instructor: 2022 VAF Keynote Speaker Jo Dery

This workshop unpacks all the creative decisions that go into making an animated film, before you even begin animating. Join us to discuss: idea generation, formulating and solving design problems, traditional tools like model sheets and storyboards, and choosing materials, techniques, and the right workflow/pipeline . We will do lots of drawing and storytelling exercises, but no drawing or storytelling expertise is needed! This workshop will be offered simultaneously in-person and remotely. A Zoom link will be sent to all participants the week before the workshop.

Saturday, March 26th from 10AM to 12PM

Harvey Academic Center 115 at NVU-Lyndon

Ages 16 and up

3D for 2D: Modeling Environments for 2D Work

Instructor: NVU-Lyndon Visual Arts Instructor Danni Foley

Does this sound familiar? You have an amazing idea for a 2D background or environment, but you can't find any photo resources that help you with exactly what you are thinking of. Maybe you find a scene in 2-point perspective that works well, but the lighting isn't what you want. Or, you find a photo that might help you with the space and depth you want to create, but the light source is not in the right place. What if you could efficiently create a your scene exactly the way you envision it, and change the perspective and / or direction of light with a simple move of your mouse? In this workshop for animators and game designers, NVU-Lyndon 3D instructor Danni Foley will teach you how to create mock-ups of any environment you can imagine, using basic 3D shapes. Experience with 3D modeling software is helpful but not required. This workshop will be offered simultaneously in-person and remotely. A Zoom link will be sent to all participants the week before the workshop.

Saturday, March 26th from 1 - 3PM

Harvey Academic Center 110 at NVU Lyndon

Ages 16 and up

Family Workshop: Imagination in Motion

Instructor: Kate Renner, NVU-Lyndon Visiting Professor of Visual Arts 

Calling all Claymation fans! From Grommit to Coraline, puppets + stop-motion = limitless potential! Participants in this workshop will create their own characters from plasticene clay. After some brainstorming and storyboarding, we will combine old school and new school techniques to create a short animation. No experience necessary; just a desire to use your imagination, and patience for what can be a tedious yet exciting medium. This workshop will be taught in person. All participants must adhere to NVU Covid guidelines.

Saturday, March 26th from 9:30 - 11:30AM

Harvey Academic Center 131 at NVU-Lyndon

All ages: participants under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult