Studio Series

Studio Series provides an in-depth exploration into art, design, and animation with a focus on perception. Learn how to artistically apply what you perceive in our everyday life to your animation and art. Gain an understanding of how in-depth observation, story structure, and diverse media play a vital role in animation and design. From character animation to fine art skills, learn the techniques that Walt Disney and his team of artists used to create animation.

Offered on Saturdays, a morning session for adults and an afternoon session for youth. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the ticket desk. All supplies are included.

Storyboard vs. Comic: Adult Session

Storyboarding is a process done very early in the production of an animated film and arguably the most essential. Comics, on the other hand, visually tell a story and are sometimes considered to be a storyboard. Come learn how comics and storyboards have much in common as well as how they differ.…

Storyboard vs. Comic: Youth Session

Storyboarding is a process done very early in the production of an animated film and arguably the most essential. Comics, on the other hand, visually tell a story and are sometimes considered to be a storyboard. Come learn how comics and storyboards have much in common as well as how they differ.…

Smear Animation: Adult Session

Animators have used smear drawings for decades as a motion blur-type effect on a rapid moving character. Join us for this hands-on class where you learn how to animate a character head-turn using the smear technique.

Smear Animation: Youth Session

Animators have used smear drawings for decades as a motion blur-type effect on a rapid moving character. Join us for this hands-on class where you learn how to animate a character head-turn using the smear technique.

Atmospheric Perspective (Adult Session)

Images can give the illusion of depth using tricks with color and value called atmospheric perspective. Using acrylic paints, participants will learn the basics of this technique by painting a unique landscape composition. Learn to add dimension to your art and create a piece to take home.

Atmospheric Perspective (Youth Session)

Images can give the illusion of depth using tricks with color and value called atmospheric perspective. Using acrylic paints, participants will learn the basics of this technique by painting a unique landscape composition. Learn to add dimension to your art and create a piece to take home.

Collage (Adult Session)

Walt encouraged his studio artists to always think outside of the box and find inspiration in diverse places and mediums. Collage is a technique used in the art world by assembling and arranging multiple forms in creating one composition. Step outside the box in this class where you make an original…

Collage (Youth Session)

Walt encouraged his studio artists to always think outside of the box and find inspiration in diverse places and mediums. Collage is a technique used in the art world by assembling and arranging multiple forms in creating one composition. Step outside the box in this class where you make an original…

Animating Disappointment (Adult Session)

What are the differences between the expressions of a character who feels disappointed versus a character who feels sad? Explore the techniques on how to animate disappointment and learn the nuances of drawing a character that is expecting something but ultimately doesn’t get it.

Animating Disappointment (Youth Session)

What are the differences between the expressions of a character who feels disappointed versus a character who feels sad? Explore the techniques on how to animate disappointment and learn the nuances of drawing a character that is expecting something but ultimately doesn’t get it.

Pointillism (Adult Session)

In conjunction with our special exhibition, Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle, join us for this hands-on class all about pointillism, a painting technique in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Pointillism is present in many of Earle’s landscape…

Pointillism (Youth Session)

In conjunction with our special exhibition, Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle, join us for this hands-on class all about pointillism, a painting technique in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Pointillism is present in many of Earle’s landscape…