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Announcing our 2023 Workshop Lineup!

Registration links will go live on February 28.  Email any questions to Kate Renner at


Instructor: 2023 VAF Keynote Speakers Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter

This workshop offers an experimental approach to character development and design using prompts based around the senses. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and keep an open mind as they participate in movement exercises, explore memories and connections, and playfully expand their approach to character development. No prior experience is required and this workshop welcomes artists from any discipline. 

Saturday, March 25th, 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Harvey Academic Center 134 at NVU-Lyndon

Ages 17 and up

Analog to AR: Creating Augmented Reality Animation

Instructor: NVU-Lyndon Assistant Professor Kate Renner

Buttons, tape, yarn, crayons- these materials don't usually come to mind when we think of Augmented Reality. Participants in this workshop will use drawing and other analog processes to create short loops that will eventually cross the boundary between physical and virtual environments.


All supplies will be provided to in-person participants. A smartphone or tablet that can connect to the internet is necessary for the AR part of the process.


This workshop is being offered both in person and virtually; a Zoom link will be sent to all participants the week before the workshop.

Saturday, March 25th from 1:00 - 3:00PM

Harvey Academic Center 132 at NVU Lyndon or on ZOOM

Ages 10 and up; a helpful adult companion is recommended for participants under age 16.

Storyboarding with Animation Industry Veteran Kevin Harkey

Instructor: Kevin Harkey 

Vermont-based artist Kevin Harkey's most recent projects include creating storyboards for Netflix Studio's Wendell and Wild, and the Gaumont Studio's production of Paul McCartney's children's book, High in the Clouds. Kevin has worked on five of the top twenty-five grossing and critically acclaimed animated feature films of all time. He has boarded on such classics as Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, and How to Train your Dragon. We are thrilled to offer emerging illustrators and animators the opportunity to learn from him. In this workshop, you will learn how storyboards are used in the animation industry, and how to create your own.


You can check out Kevin's work at

Saturday, March 25th from 3:00 - 5:00PM

Harvey Academic Center 133 at NVU-Lyndon

Ages 12 and up

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