Classes

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

Every Wed, Mar 6–Apr 24 | 4–6pm
During this eight-week course, each class will focus on one of these core concepts in relation to working traditionally with pencil and paper.
Grades 3–5
Every Sun, Mar 17–May 5 | 1:30–4pm
Exception: No class on Apr 21.

Walt’s journey into the field of animation began with the stop motion method. Before he started producing his own Laugh-O-gram shorts, he worked for the Kansas City Film Ad Company, where he produced stop motion commercials using a cutouts (featured in gallery 1).  Join us for this eight-week course...

Grades 6–8
Every Sun, Mar 17–May 5 | 1:30–4pm
Exception: No class on Apr 21.

From a young age, Walt Disney was interested in comics and sequential art. At McKinley High School, he drew comics for the school’s magazine, The Voice. In this eight-week course, we will explore where comics come from, and what makes this form of visual storytelling unique. Students will use...

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

Tickets sold out; scholarships still available. 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

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 cel in order to...

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; scholarships still available. 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...

Mon–Fri | Jul 8–19 | 9am–4pm

Tickets sold out; scholarships still available. 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...

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

Tickets sold out; scholarships still available. 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. 

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

Tickets sold out; scholarships still available. 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...

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...

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.