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Walt Disney with dinosaurs, “Disneyland Goes to the World Fair” (1964)
Posted on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:31
On November 30, 1955, Walt Disney’s Disneyland television program aired “The Story of the Animated Drawing,” an hour-length exploration of the medium that had made Walt famous. The show presented a documentary of the history of animation—from its ancient origins to its more modern innovations. During the 1910s and 20s, one of the medium’s dominant artists was renowned cartoonist Winsor McCay.
Map of Disney family ancestry
Posted on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 09:28
The roots of the Disney family tree begin in earnest in Normandy, France, and make stops in Ireland and Canada before Walt's father, Elias, is born.

Our Board of Directors includes two generations of Walt Disney’s family and exceptional leaders from our community.

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Mon–Fri | Jul 22–Aug 2
9am–4pm

Tickets sold out. 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 visuals can reinforce the

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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

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Mon–Fri | Jul 8–19 | 9am–4pm

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 stereotypes that still exist in animated films.

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Mon–Fri | Jul 8–19 | 9am–4pm

Tickets sold out. 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. 

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Mon–Fri | Jun 24–Jul 6 | 9am–4pm
No Class: Jul 4; Make-up Class: Jul 6

Tickets sold out. 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 your reader through your

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Mon–Fri | June 10–21
9am–4pm

Tickets sold out. 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. 

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Every Sun, Sep 8–Oct 27 | 1–4pm

Learn traditional animation techniques that Walt and his team relied upon daily with pencil and paper, and transition them into the digital world. Students learn skills and software using Toon Boom to create hand-drawn animation on a computer. This eight-week class will focus on introductory-level

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Every Sun, Sep 8–Oct 27 | 10am–noon

Join us in this eight-week class in which we explore character design and what it means to represent oneself inside and out. Using shape language, silhouette, and historical reference, you will experiment with drawing costumes to suit a variety of characters, emphasizing their purpose and personas.

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Every Sat, Sep 7–Oct 26 | 1:30–4:30pm

Learn traditional animation techniques that Walt and his team relied upon daily with pencil and paper, and transition them into the digital world. Students learn skills and software using Toon Boom to create hand-drawn animation on a computer. This eight-week class will focus on introductory-level

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Every Wed, Aug 28–Oct 16 | 4–6pm

Successful animators have a comprehensive understanding of the basic animation techniques and principles. This eight-week course goes in depth on a different concept each class, working traditionally with pencil and paper. Through this course, budding animators will develop a strong foundation,

Workshops
Sat, Sep 28 | 10:30am–12:30pm
Join us in this informative workshop about the various art schools, programs, courses, and paths to a career in animation.
Workshops
Sun, Sep 15 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Walt’s passion for the natural world came to the forefront in the 1940s and 50s when he financed the production of the True-Life Adventures (1948–1960), a documentary series focusing on animals and their natural habitats. He wanted these films to entertain, educate, and encourage audiences to care

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Sat, Sep 14 | 10:30am–noon

As featured in Gallery 8, horses starred prominently in the classic Disney television series Zorro (1975). Zorro’s reliable steed, Tornado, would swiftly (and regularly) carry his rider out of precarious situations. In this workshop, create an animation of a horse galloping with particular focus on

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Sat, Aug 10 | 10:30am–noon

One of the most memorable sequences in Disney animation history involves the magical transformation of Cinderella’s ragged dress into a beautiful, twinkling ballgown. In this workshop, learn more about the classic film Cinderella (1950), as featured in Gallery 7, and learn to use elements of

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Sat, Jul 27 | 10:30am–noon

Learn more about the South American tour and Victory Through Air Power in Gallery 6, and then join us to create your own animation of a soaring plane, using timing and spacing to chart its path through the sky.