Making a Splash: Animating with Special Effects

Grades 6‑12
Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri | 10am–noon & 1–3pm
$10 student, $12 adult
Learning Center

Students tour the main museum galleries in search of unique hand-drawn special effects in Disney classics from 1937 to 1966, discussing The Walt Disney Studios’ many technological innovations, like the Multiplane Camera that brought new dimensions to Walt’s stories. In the Learning Center, students are challenged to hand-draw an animated water scene, complete with dramatic splashes, drips, and ripples. 


Registration for the 2019–2020 academic year begins on August 1, 2019. Please email if you have any questions.

Other Programs

  • Students take a tour of our newest special exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World, with gallery activities and group discussions centered around one-of-a-kind Mickey artworks and objects. In the Learning Center, students bring to life their own animated characters using a Crankie box —illustrated stories literally cranked around two scrolls with a viewing screen. Students are welcome to self-guide through the main museum galleries before or after the workshop finishes.
    Limited time only: September 4, 2019 to January 6, 2020
    10am–noon and 1–3pm | Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | Grades 3–8