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Workshops Virtual
Sat, Oct 10 | 10:30am–noon

Animating facial expressions, whether realistic or exaggerated, is a difficult skill to master. To enhance believability, animators often use themselves as a model for their own poses and expressions. Many classic animators even kept a small mirror by their desks so they could use their reflections

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Sep 26 | 10:30am–noon

Animation often involves long hours of work hunched over a light table or computer, which is not always good for an artist’s posture. After spending a long time working on a piece of animation while bent over in an uncomfortable pose, the artist’s back might start to hurt. In this installment of our

Workshops Virtual
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.
Special Events Virtual
Wed, Sep 30 | Noon–5pm

Join us on International Podcast Day as we feature some of The Walt Disney Family Museum’s favorite Disney podcasters to discuss fascinating stories and facts centered on Walt Disney and the people who knew him best. Hear from familiar Disney voices—The Bancroft Brothers and Leonard Maltin—and also

Workshops Virtual
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

Posted on Tue, 09/01/2020 - 14:58

At The Walt Disney Family Museum, we have a dedicated team of Preparators that utilize creative ways to display artwork in our galleries and special exhibitions. Preparator Ryan Mortensen works primarily with 2D objects, creating custom displays for the public to enjoy our collection of animation artwork.

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Dec 12 | 1–2:30pm

Before cel animation came to prominence as the most popular style for cartoons in the 1920s, some early animators experimented with clay. Since then, animators have used clay to animate everything from films and television shows to video games. Join us and get creative with clay as you learn how to

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Nov 21 | 1–2:30pm

In the early days of animation, artists struggled to make characters move in an interesting way while also keeping them simple enough to draw quickly and repeatedly. As a solution, Walt and other animators in the 1920s and 30s adopted a drawing style which gave the characters “rubber hose” limbs

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Oct 24 | 1–2:30pm

Animation can be hard and tiring work. After many hours, even days, of working away at a light table or computer, few animators can resist the urge to let out a long yawn. In this workshop, use facial expressions and exaggeration to create an animation of a sleepy animator yawning.

Talks Virtual
Sat, Oct 17 | Noon PT

We invite you and your family to join our latest Virtual Storytime, I Am Walt Disney with Author Brad Meltzer, as he reads aloud the story of Walt Disney—highlighting Walt’s childhood in Marceline, his move to Hollywood, and the creation of Disneyland Park.

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Nov 7 | 1–2:30pm

After many long hours spent drawing, tired animators might start to find themselves nodding off. In this workshop, use anticipation and timing to create a short animation of a drowsy animator who gradually falls asleep.

New Heights: Walt and the Winter Olympics
Posted on Wed, 01/18/2012 - 06:00

In October of 1966, Walt Disney was declared “Showman of the World” by the National Association of Theatre Owners. His creative legacy was so diverse, spanning so many realms of entertainment and outdoor recreation, it’s remarkable to think that before 1955 he was “merely” a producer of motion pictures...

Mineral King: Walt’s Lost Last Project -- Program Recap
Posted on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 06:00

While he did not live to see it completed, many Disney fans know that, at the time of his passing in 1966, Walt Disney was working on plans for what would later become Walt Disney World in Florida. What is not so well known is that he was concurrently planning a year round family resort in the Sierras known as Mineral King.

New Heights: Mount Disney and Sugar Bowl
Posted on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 06:00

Hide in plain sight.

As a student of Disney history I have come to embrace that particular cliché. Simple and almost always overlooked details in Disney entertainment can often lead to very enjoyable and enlightening journeys of historical discovery. I recently embarked on such a journey after watching the Goofy cartoon The Art of Skiing...

December's Look Closer: Walt's Skis
Posted on Mon, 12/20/2010 - 06:00

For the December Look Closer, we’ve chosen to focus on an artifact that doesn’t relate directly to Walt’s artistic or technological achievements, but has to do more with the man: Walt’s pair of downhill skis found in Gallery 3. These skis, made of metal on wood from the Swiss manufacturer Attenhofer and worn by Walt during winter vacations with his family, are a wonderful reminder of his love of sports...

Look Closer: The Olympic Torch
Posted on Tue, 07/31/2012 - 11:00
While the world turns its attention towards the thrilling events taking place in London, we at The Walt Disney Family Museum cannot help but to look back in time fifty years to the 1960 Winter Olympics for which Walt Disney served as the Chairman of the Pageantry Committee.
Ready... Steady... GO!
Posted on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 09:00

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents Animate Your Night—a new Museum-wide monthly after-hours party. Experience the galleries in a whole new light and illuminate your imagination with music, performance, film screenings, and hands-on art activities!

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