Classes

We are excited to offer classes in art, animation, and more to students of all ages. 

Sun, Jun 2 | 1:30–4pm

As part of Teen Animation Festival International (TAFI), come by the Learning Center for stop-motion animation fun. Choose from a range of theater sets, background scenery, and a host of characters to produce your own raree show, an early form of animated story. Your creation can be saved as a...

Grades 3–5
Mon–Fri | June 10–21
9am–4pm

Tickets sold out. In this two-week class, be prepared to reimagine your ideas and designs as you learn about what it takes to become an animator—and use your new skills to create an original animated short film. 

Grades 6–8
Mon–Fri | June 10–21
9am–4pm

Tickets sold out. In the 1930s, the Walt Disney Studios used a then-innovative animation method: artists drew on celluloid sheets, or “cels,” with ink, and then placed these cels over painted backgrounds. After you create a hand-drawn piece of animation, you will then learn how to transfer it onto a...

Grades 3–5
Mon–Fri | Jun 24–Jul 6 | 9am–4pm
No Class: Jul 4; Make-up Class: Jul 6

In this two-week session, join us as we explore theme park attractions and what it takes to build both intricate and immersive designs.

Grades 7–12
Mon–Fri | Jun 24–Jul 6 | 9am–4pm
No Class: Jul 4; Make-up Class: Jul 6

Tickets sold out. Join us for this two-week journey into the world of comics as we explore this unique form of visual storytelling. Learn what it takes to plan out your script, utilize elements of acting and pantomime, as well as how each panel and page works to guide your reader through your...

Grades 6–12
Mon–Fri | Jul 8–19 | 9am–4pm

Tickets sold out. Join us for this two-week, intensive class that focuses on digital 2D animation. Learn how to take a character and bring them to life using classical, hand-drawn animation techniques. 

Mon–Fri | Jul 8–19 | 9am–4pm

This incredible two-week journey will take a look at what it means to be a woman in animation and helps students design their own female lead characters while teaching them about narrative structure and fairy tales as well as the writing tropes and stereotypes that still exist in animated films.

Grades 9–12 & young adults up to age 20
Mon–Fri | Jul 22–Aug 2
9am–4pm

Tickets sold out. Join us for a two-week intensive exploration of cinematography as well as an exclusive look into the field as it exists today with guest animators from the film industry. Students will focus on what it means to be a director of photography, and how visuals can reinforce the...

Grades 5–8
Mon–Fri | Jul 22–Aug 2 | 9am–4pm

Join us as we explore animation techniques while simultaneously learning about race, ethnicity, and cultures from around the world and how to represent diversity and diverse stories within your work. In this two-week class, you will study diverse stories, learn more about the writing tropes that...

Grades 6–12
Every Wed, Aug 28–Oct 16 | 4–6pm

Successful animators have a comprehensive understanding of the basic animation techniques and principles. This eight-week course goes in depth on a different concept each class, working traditionally with pencil and paper. Through this course, budding animators will develop a strong foundation,...

Every Sat, Sep 7–Oct 26 | 1:30–4:30pm

Learn traditional animation techniques that Walt and his team relied upon daily with pencil and paper, and transition them into the digital world. Students learn skills and software using Toon Boom to create hand-drawn animation on a computer. This eight-week class will focus on introductory-level...

Grades 3–5
Every Sun, Sep 8–Oct 27 | 10am–noon

Join us in this eight-week class in which we explore character design and what it means to represent oneself inside and out. Using shape language, silhouette, and historical reference, you will experiment with drawing costumes to suit a variety of characters, emphasizing their purpose and personas.

Grades 9–12
Every Sun, Sep 8–Oct 27 | 1–4pm

In this eight-week class, learn how to visually represent words and the meaning behind them as you create an animated adaptation of a different type of written work: a poem. Experiment with animation—following the process from storyboard to short film—as you discover unique ways to visually...

Every Sun, Sep 8–Oct 27 | 1–4pm

Learn traditional animation techniques that Walt and his team relied upon daily with pencil and paper, and transition them into the digital world. Students learn skills and software using Toon Boom to create hand-drawn animation on a computer. This eight-week class will focus on introductory-level...

Scholarship Information

Please visit the page of the specific class(es) you would like to attend to view scholarship opportunities and application information. Additionally, even if classes are sold out, scholarships may still be available for students in-need. Visit the page of the class you are interested in for more information. 

 

Scholarships made possible in part by our corporate sponsors: 

 

Schedule is subject to change. For the most current schedule of events, please check our website's calendar, or stop by the museum's Ticket Desk on the day of your visit.