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Workshops
Sun, Sep 13 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Before he started producing his own Laugh-O-gram films, Walt Disney worked for the Kansas City Film Ad Company producing stop-motion commercials using paper cutout animation. Join us and learn more about the history of stop-motion animation, learn techniques of how to create hinged paper puppets,

Workshops
Sat, Sep 19 | 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
Sat, Sep 12 | 1–2:30pm

Traditional hand-drawn animation requires an incredibly high number of individual drawings for each piece of movement. It has been estimated that classic animators like Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men were able to complete from 14–24 seconds of animation per week. If each second of animation requires 24

Workshops
Sat, Sep 12 | 10:30am–noon

Traditional hand-drawn animation requires an incredibly high number of individual drawings for each piece of movement. It has been estimated that classic animators like Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men were able to complete from 14–24 seconds of animation per week. If each second of animation requires 24

Workshops
Sat, Aug 29 | 1–2:30pm

The moment a piece of art comes together just right can be a thrilling and uplifting experience which fills the artist with confidence in their artistic ability. Confidence is key for encouraging artists and animators to keep going even as the work gets difficult and they encounter unexpected

Workshops
Sat, Aug 29 | 10:30am–noon

The moment a piece of art comes together just right can be a thrilling and uplifting experience which fills the artist with confidence in their artistic ability. Confidence is key for encouraging artists and animators to keep going even as the work gets difficult and they encounter unexpected

Workshops
Sun, Jul 19 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Whether capturing an iconic moment in a film narrative or an attraction experience, posters have played a crucial role in Disney history and served many purposes. In this workshop, join us as we explore the history of Disney poster designs and learn what elements are utilized in developing a

Workshops
Sun, Aug 23 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Before Walt and other early animators produced hand-drawn animated short films, innovators in the 19th century created optical toys like the zoetrope. By spinning a zoetrope and peering through the viewing slits, one could watch the images inside move and appear to come to life. Inventions like the

Talks
Sat, Sep 26 | 2pm

When San Francisco artist Ruth Asawa was interned in a camp for Japanese Americans during World War II, she found hope and inspiration among some of her fellow internees. She befriended and took drawing lessons from interned Disney animators Tom Okamato, Ben Tanaka, and Chris Ishii—a much-needed

Talks
Sat, Aug 29 | 1pm

Willie Ito’s life was upended when he and his family were taken from their home in San Francisco and interned in Utah at a camp for Japanese Americans. Several years after his release, he accepted a dream job at The Walt Disney Studios as an animator on Lady and the Tramp (1955). In this special

Classes
Every Wed, Aug 26–Oct 14 | 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. Students will develop a strong foundation, continue to build their knowledge of art

Posted on Thu, 03/01/2012 - 06:00
Devoted family man Walt Disney sometimes laughingly observed that he was outnumbered at home. Surrounding him were his wife, two daughters, his devoted cook and, as Walt wryly noted, even the family dogs were female. Perhaps the predominance of women in the Disney household is one reason Pollyanna appealed to the great showman, due to its strong female characters.
Talks
Wed, May 20 | 5:30pm PT

Join Historian Michael Campbell for highlights from his career of sharing Walt’s life and legacy, including the curation of The Walt Disney Family Museum’s 2014–15 special exhibition All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains.

Walt in Wine Country: On Location with Walt Disney Productions
Posted on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 06:00
When Walt Disney decided to adapt Eleanor Porter’s novel Pollyanna into a live-action feature film, he needed to find the perfect location for Harrington, the turn of the century town that Pollyanna would forever transform into “the glad town.” Walt found the rural charm he was looking for in Santa Rosa, California, and in the surrounding Sonoma and Napa Valleys...