Outreach programs are designed for students in grades 3-12.

Requests for program information or scheduling should be directed to Desiree Brunton at or 401-473-9174.

Cut Paper Animation

In just one hour participants will learn techniques of cut-paper stop-motion animation and work in small groups to make their own!  Cut paper animation uses 2 dimensional images cut from magazines, catalogs or construction paper.  This type of animation produces a distinctive look and comes with its own set of interesting illusions.

Participants learn the science and art that goes into this type of film. We focus on creativity, process and resilience (working with the errors which are bound to occur).

Object Animation

Learn about “persistence of vision” – the name often given to the way the human brain blends sudden changes into smooth motion. This interpretation by our brains is what make movies possible. Make a mini-animation (a thaumatrope) to take home, and work in small groups to make your own stop-motion film using found objects.

Pixilation Animation

Focus on the technique called “Pixilation”, which uses live people as puppets for stop-motion animation. Facilitators will discuss the importance of storyboards to filming, and after screening some professional “pixilation” shorts, facilitators will demonstrate how they might have looked as storyboards. Work in small groups to create storyboards, then, following your storyboards, make your own stop-motion pixilation film.
Outreach programs are designed for students in grades 3-12.

Color, Emotion, and Illusion

Learn how to create successful illusions in stop-motion animation. Facilitators will lead discussion, illustrated by specific professional stop-motion animation shorts, on how lighting and color are used to invoke specific moods, and how the type of movement given to animated objects can aid the illusion of their weight and texture. Work in small groups to complete short exercises on using color to create mood and motion to further illusion. Make a stop motion animated short using these techniques and provided program materials.

Sound Effects

The Incredible Perception of Sound:  The Art and Science of Auditory Perception
Learn the basic physics of sound while exploring the intricacies of human perception. Discuss the use of sound effects in movies – what are you REALLY hearing?  In small groups, expand your creativity and experiment with a variety of found materials, such as cornstarch, tissue paper, wood blocks and more to make as many sounds as you can.  As a group, create the sound effects for a movie clip which has had the audio stripped out.  Different audio can turn a suspenseful film into a comedy!

Some comments from participants in the Sound Program:

– I think that you did great and you should keep doing this because I had a lot of fun.

-It was an excellent program as far as both entertainment and education goes.

– I loved it and it was fun!

Grade Span Expectations addressed include:
LS 4; PS 3; T 1-2; T 1-3; M 2-2
Class size: 12 to 25