In our Puppet Animation Workshop every participant will build their very own custom, stop-motion puppet and bring it to life using the art and magic of stop-motion animation. Participants can choose from a variety of puppet templates or create one of their own! Participants will design and engineer their cut-out style animation puppet and then have the opportunity to create an animated scene with their character using stop-motion animation software. No prior experience is necessary.
Additional materials fee: $15.00
Alex Thomas is a professional puppeteer and stop-motion animator who has been touring the Midwest for the past 6 years performing and teaching puppetry and animation. Alex earned his BFA from the College for Creative Studies in 2009, and worked on several television shows, films, and commercials building puppets in Los Angeles. He moved back home to Michigan and started his own company “Alex Thomas and Friends” with his wife Jessica in 2012. His puppets have starred in promotional videos for the Michigan Activity Pass, and The Library Network, and all of the animation lessons are designed using his expertise from the industry and are college level techniques brought down to elementary levels.