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Workshops
Sat, Mar 7 | 1–2:30pm

The constant motion of fire can make it seem as alive as any other character in animation. Fantasia (1940), which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, memorably uses fire effects to create a foreboding atmosphere in the “Night on Bald Mountain” segment to enhance the menacing demon Chernabog.

Workshops
Sat, Mar 7 | 10:30am–noon

The constant motion of fire can make it seem as alive as any other character in animation. Fantasia (1940), which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, memorably uses fire effects to create a foreboding atmosphere in the “Night on Bald Mountain” segment to enhance the menacing demon Chernabog.

Workshops
Sat, Feb 29 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Walt Disney always encouraged his animators to remain lifelong students and continually learn and improve their craft with every project. Bring your art and join us for this informative workshop about how to build a well-rounded portfolio or demo-reel, and cater these items to your desired job or

Workshops
Sat, Feb 22 | 1–2:30pm

By recording sound to the rhythm of a metronome ball, Walt and his team of animators produced the first Disney cartoon with synchronized sound, Steamboat Willie (1928). With full sound synchronization, audiences experienced new possibilities for the medium of animation that had not proven successful

Workshops
Sat, Feb 22 | 10:30am–noon

By recording sound to the rhythm of a metronome ball, Walt and his team of animators produced the first Disney cartoon with synchronized sound, Steamboat Willie (1928). With full sound synchronization, audiences experienced new possibilities for the medium of animation that had not proven successful

Workshops
Sat, Feb 8 | 1–2:30pm

One of the distinguishing features of Disney characters from the 1930s and 40s was their solid and realistic roundness. In fact, the Character Model Department was created because of the importance placed on visualizing and drawing the body as a three-dimensional object, in both character design and

Workshops
Sat, Feb 8 | 10:30am–noon

One of the distinguishing features of Disney characters from the 1930s and 40s was their solid and realistic roundness. In fact, the Character Model Department was created because of the importance placed on visualizing and drawing the body as a three-dimensional object, in both character design and

Workshops
Sat, Jan 25 | 1–2:30pm

A popular animation exercise for animators features a sack of flour drawn in a variety of positions to show different movements. This simple flour sack helps animators understand how organic forms twist and change with movement. Follow along in this workshop as you animate and explore how the weight

Workshops
Sat, Jan 25 | 10:30am–noon

A popular animation exercise for animators features a sack of flour drawn in a variety of positions to show different movements. This simple flour sack helps animators understand how organic forms twist and change with movement. Follow along in this workshop as you animate and explore how the weight

Workshops
Sat, Jan 25 | 10am–2pm

Through a guided tour of the galleries, educators learn about the significant role that women played throughout Disney history and discuss various issues that have historically discouraged women from pursuing careers in animation. In the Learning Center, educators will ink and paint a cel of their

Workshops
Sat, Jan 11 | 1–2:30pm

As a leaf falls, it does not follow a straight path down like a ball or a sack of flour. The weightlessness of the leaf causes it to meet with more air resistance, which gives it a slower sway through the air before it finally comes to rest. Explore how weight influences motion in this workshop as

Workshops
Sat, Jan 11 | 10:30am–noon

As a leaf falls, it does not follow a straight path down like a ball or a sack of flour. The weightlessness of the leaf causes it to meet with more air resistance, which gives it a slower sway through the air before it finally comes to rest. Explore how weight influences motion in this workshop as

Workshops
Sun, Jan 12 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Many of Walt Disney’s early films were adaptations of classic European fairytales. Over the years, animated fairytales have become a staple of the animation film industry. Learn more about the history of these whimsical stories and explore the process of turning written word into an animated film.

Classes
Every Sun, Jan 26–Mar 15 | 10am–noon

Walt Disney’s journey into the field of animation began with the stop-motion method using paper cutouts. Learn techniques to create your own set for stop-motion animation in this class. You will design concept art for an environment, illustrate a blueprint, construct a prototype and final set, and

Classes
Every Sat, Jan 25–Mar 14 | 1–4pm

Walt knew that a strong story is the backbone of film and a strong script is a crucial part of ensuring that the story can be understood by the audience. In this class, we will look at writing conventions for scripts of both animated works and comics. Using writing exercises to develop characters,

Classes
Every Wed, Jan 15–Mar 4 | 4–6pm
Every Wed, Mar 11–Apr 29 | 4–6pm

Successful animators have a comprehensive understanding of basic animation techniques and principles. This eight-week course focuses on one of these concepts each class by working traditionally with pencil and paper. Budding animators develop a strong foundation, continue to build their knowledge of

Classes
Every Sun, Jan 26–Mar 15 | 1–4pm

Join us for an 8-week course inspired by drawing class methods used in the animation industry, crafted to cover the basic fundamentals of drawing and design. Students will learn introductory concepts about shape, shadow and lighting, drapery drawing studies, and still life.

This class is a

Films
March | Daily, except Tuesdays | 2 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, join us for a screening of Nancy Meyers’ directorial debut, The Parent Trap (1998), as we pay homage to the many women who have contributed to making The Walt Disney Studios what it is today. Based on the 1961 Disney classic of the same name, The Parent Trap tells

Talks
Sat, Jan 11 | 1pm

Find yourself transported to Walt’s backyard for an intimate chat about his life, in his own words. Join Walt Disney Records Producer Randy Thornton as he presents rare snippets compiled from 17 hours of interview material and discusses insights gathered from these unique recordings.

Talks
Sat, Jan 18 | 1pm

Join animator and animation historian Tom Sito as he presents his newest book—Eat, Drink, Animate: An Animator’s Cookbook. Sito will take you through the history behind recipes from the cookbooks of Disney Legends, including Mary Blair, Frank Thomas, and Ward Kimball, and more contemporary Disney