Workshops

Take part in one of our workshops, all of which focus on various aspects of Walt’s legacy, including animation, storytelling, and innovation. 

Sat, Dec 15 | 10:30am–noon
In 1954, Walt Disney began construction on a long-awaited dream, Disneyland. The project required a new team of creatives to makes his vision into a reality. Walt chose one of his Nine Old Men, animator Marc Davis, to help develop many of the theme parks characters and attraction designs. In fact, Davis became responsible for designs in Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and updates to Jungle Cruise, to name a few. In this workshop, explore character styling by studying designs that center around theme, environment, and time period to then create a character of your own.
Sat, Dec 15 | 1–2:30pm
In 1954, Walt Disney began construction on a long-awaited dream, Disneyland. The project required a new team of creatives to makes his vision into a reality. Walt chose one of his Nine Old Men, animator Marc Davis, to help develop many of the theme parks characters and attraction designs. In fact, Davis became responsible for designs in Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and updates to Jungle Cruise, to name a few. In this workshop, explore character styling by studying designs that center around theme, environment, and time period to then create a character of your own.
Ages 3‑6
Daily, Dec 16–29,
except Tuesdays & Dec 19, 24, & 25 | 10am–noon

The Art Playground is for families with children ages 3 to 6. In our Learning Center, children will learn about Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins and the simple techniques of character design. Using their imagination, they will apply their new skills to create their own felted penguin. Our studio staff...

Ages 7‑Adult
Daily, Dec 16–29,
except Tuesdays & Dec 19, 24, & 25 | 1–3pm

The Artist Studio is geared toward adults and children ages 7 and up. Exploring the world of animation, guests can step into our Learning Center to discover aspects of stop-motion and specific techniques. Our studio staff will be present to support, encourage, and inspire students to grab some paper...

Fri, Dec 21 | 12:30–12:50pm & 2:30–2:50pm

In this fun and hands-on session, learn how to make your drawings truly come to life and put your creativity in the spotlight. For artists of all ages, join us in our Learning Center where an instructor will teach you step-by-step instructions on how to draw an original cartoon character.

This...

Sat, Jan 12 | 10:30am–noon
Journey back in time to create your own thaumatrope and a miniature zoetrope, which exemplify—through nothing more than clever positioning and a simple spinning motion—how immobile drawings can appear to come to life.
Sat, Jan 12 | 1–2:30pm
Journey back in time to create your own thaumatrope and a miniature zoetrope, which exemplify—through nothing more than clever positioning and a simple spinning motion—how immobile drawings can appear to come to life.
Sat, Jan 13 | 10am–noon
Brownies visit The Walt Disney Family Museum to accomplish three of the five steps that are required when pursuing an Inventor Badge. Scouts will explore the museum galleries to learn about Walt Disney’s Imagineers, who worked at WED Enterprises during the 1950s and 60s and managed to imagine, invent, and build some of Disneyland’s most iconic attractions. Then, in the Learning Center, Brownies will brainstorm and apply these concepts to a problem, solving it collaboratively and creatively through design concepts.
Fri, Jan 18 | 12:30–12:50pm

In this fun, hands-on session, learn how to make your drawings come to life, while putting your creativity in the spotlight.  Using a step-by-step process, an instructor will teach artists of all ages how to draw an original cartoon character.

This month’s theme is presented in conjunction with the...

Fri, Jan 18 | 2:30–2:50pm

In this fun, hands-on session, learn how to make your drawings come to life, while putting your creativity in the spotlight.  Using a step-by-step process, an instructor will teach artists of all ages how to draw an original cartoon character.

This month’s theme is presented in conjunction with the...

Sat, Jan 26 | 10am–2pm
In an ode to the Imagineers who worked under Walt at WED Enterprises during the 1950s and 60s, educators are invited to engage in a hands-on workshop that explores the basics of critical thinking and design strategies. While problem-solving collaboratively, learn how to utilize the 21st century skillset students need in order to become the innovators of tomorrow.
Sat, Jan 26 | 10:30am–noon
Join us for a workshop that focuses on this age-old trick, in which you will learn about the proper timing and spacing one needs in order to create a piece of animation that seamlessly repeats itself.
Sat, Jan 26 | 1–2:30pm
Join us for a workshop that focuses on this age-old trick, in which you will learn about the proper timing and spacing one needs in order to create a piece of animation that seamlessly repeats itself.
Sun, Jan 27 | 10:30am–12:30pm
In this interactive workshop, become the actor and filmmaker as you create an animation that appears to break the rules of physics.
Grades 9–12 & Parents
Sat, Feb 2 | 10:30am–12:30pm
Join us for this informative workshop, which details the various types and styles of comics, the skills one requires to be a cartoonist, and the diverse paths that can lead to any number of careers in the industry.
Sat, Feb 2 | 10:30am–noon
After the 1923 bankruptcy of his first studio, Laugh-O-gram Films, Walt Disney gathered his belongings, stuffed them in a frayed suitcase, and left Kansas City for a fresh start in Hollywood. See this iconic moment in gallery 1, and then learn how perfect timing and pacing, along with solid drawing, can help you animate a character getting ready to undertake an exciting journey.
Sat, Feb 2 | 1–2:30pm
After the 1923 bankruptcy of his first studio, Laugh-O-gram Films, Walt Disney gathered his belongings, stuffed them in a frayed suitcase, and left Kansas City for a fresh start in Hollywood. See this iconic moment in gallery 1, and then learn how perfect timing and pacing, along with solid drawing, can help you animate a character getting ready to undertake an exciting journey.
Sat, Feb 9 | 11am & 2pm

Join Antonio Pelayo, one of the uniquely talented Ink & Paint artists at The Walt Disney Studios, for an interactive workshop in which students will learn about the inking and painting of animation cels, a fading art form that was once an essential component of the animation industry. With Pelayo’s...

Sun, Feb 10 | 10:30am–12:30pm
When you join us for this workshop, you will delve into elements of design, paper quality, and binding techniques in order to create a sketchbook of your own.
Fri, Feb 15 | 12:30–12:50pm

In this fun, hands-on session, learn how to make your drawings come to life, while putting your creativity in the spotlight. Using a step-by-step process, an instructor will teach artists of all ages how to draw their own version of our building.

This month’s theme is presented in conjunction with...

Fri, Feb 15 | 2:30–2:50pm

In this fun, hands-on session, learn how to make your drawings come to life, while putting your creativity in the spotlight. Using a step-by-step process, an instructor will teach artists of all ages how to draw their own original cartoon character. 

This month’s theme is presented in conjunction...

Sat, Feb 16 | 10:30am–noon
See these early examples of animation in gallery 1, and then learn how to exaggerate poses, facial expressions, and movements yourself in order to create an animated piece that tells a clear visual story without dialogue.
Sat, Feb 16 | 1–2:30pm
See these early examples of animation in gallery 1, and then learn how to exaggerate poses, facial expressions, and movements yourself in order to create an animated piece that tells a clear visual story without dialogue.
Sat, Mar 2 | 10:30am–noon
In this workshop, learn more about the Alice Comedies (featured in gallery 2), and explore how the use of both live action elements and cartoon drawings can create a piece that shows just how remarkably the real world can interact with the animated world.
Sat, Mar 2 | 1–2:30pm
In this workshop, learn more about the Alice Comedies (featured in gallery 2), and explore how the use of both live action elements and cartoon drawings can create a piece that shows just how remarkably the real world can interact with the animated world.
Sun, Mar 10 | 10:30am–12:30pm
In this workshop, learn about the Cinephone sound system, the metronome ball, and the process of creating practical sound effects. Using everyday objects, you will work collaboratively to create sounds that synchronize perfectly with a piece of animation.
Fri, Mar 15 | 12:30–12:50pm

In this fun, hands-on session, learn how to make your drawings come to life, while putting your creativity in the spotlight.  Using a step-by-step process, an instructor will teach artists of all ages how to draw their own version of a biplane.

This month’s theme is presented in conjunction with...

Fri, Mar 15 | 2:30–2:50pm

In this fun, hands-on session, learn how to make your drawings come to life, while putting your creativity in the spotlight. Using a step-by-step process, an instructor will teach artists of all ages how to draw their own version of a steamboat.

This month’s theme is presented in conjunction with...

Girl Scout Juniors (Grades 4–5)
Sun, Mar 17 | 10am–noon
Juniors visit The Walt Disney Family Museum to accomplish three of the five steps that are required when pursuing a Drawing Badge. In the galleries, Scouts will learn how foundational drawing was in the creation of Walt Disney’s many animated films. Then, in the Learning Center, they will experiment with different materials and practice various visual effects, such as stippling, crosshatching, and smudging. After drafting original concept art, backgrounds, and cartoon characters, Scouts will then showcase their work for other attendees during a group critique.
Sat, Mar 23 | 10:30am–noon
In this workshop, learn more about the famous whistle, as seen in gallery 2, as you explore the facial expressions and lip movement that are required to animate a whistling character.
Sat, Mar 23 | 1–2:30pm
In this workshop, learn more about the famous whistle, as seen in gallery 2, as you explore the facial expressions and lip movement that are required to animate a whistling character.
Sat, Mar 30 | 10:30am–12:30pm
Join us for this informative workshop and learn about the factors that go into starting a new enterprise. Explore methods for funding, advertising, and branding, while discovering what to consider when trying to choose the right projects or overcome obstacles.

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.