Making a Splash: Animating with Special Effects

Ages
Grades 6‑12
Date
Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri | 10am–noon & 1–3pm
Cost
$10 student, $12 adult
Location
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 is now open. Please email schoolexperience@wdfmuseum.org if you have any questions.

Other Programs

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    Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri | 10–11:30am & 1–2:30pm
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    Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri | 10am–noon
  • In the galleries, students discover the importance of storytelling in animation by engaging in interactive activities focused on the concepts of character, setting, and plot. In the Learning Center, they will illustrate and animate a story using a zoetrope, a device that produces the illusion of motion in a sequence of drawings.
    Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri | 10am–noon
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    Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri | 10am–noon & 1–3pm
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    Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon
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    Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon
  • During this two-hour workshop, students learn about the innovation of synchronized sound and are challenged to match their animations with an exciting soundtrack of their own design. Students also experiment with a mini Multiplane Camera, explore how depth is created in animation, and create their own stop-motion shorts.
    Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon & 1–3pm
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    Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10–11:30am
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