Studio Series: Thaumatropes and Zoetropes

Ages
Ages 18 & up
Date
Sat, Jan 12 | 10:30am–noon
Cost
$10 members | $15 non-members
Location
Learning Center

Though the roots of animation date back as far as Paleolithic cave art, creations such as the thaumatrope and zoetrope took the art form to new heights in the 19th century. These toys, which relied on optical tricks in order to create the illusion of movement in otherwise still drawings, paved the path for more complex forms of animation, and even inspired a young Walt Disney. 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.

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