Calling future filmmakers! Spend an afternoon creating your own stop motion short film inspired by the life of New Orleans black musical legend Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. Learn the principles and filmmaking techniques behind your favorite animated characters like Gumby in this interactive workshop on Claymation — which uses clay to make animated characters.

Get ready for the director’s chair and discover which apps can turn your smartphone or tablet into a creative animation studio! Equipment will be provided.

About The Artist

Jackie Black — an artist and veteran art educator – earned a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting and Printmaking at Hampton University. She taught art in elementary schools for sixteen years and has taught Claymation classes at summer camps since 2010.

As an elementary school art teacher, Ms. Black observed that children loved two things -- technology and clay. Claymation was the answer. Like many, she grew up watching stop motion animated holiday specials like Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and The Little Drummer Boy. She also realized that advances in technology made it possible for anyone with a computer, software and a video camera to make their own stop motion movies. Her hunch proved to be correct, as stop motion animated movies have also enjoyed a resurgence in theaters.

Ms. Black is thrilled to share stop motion activities with young animators at the Gantt Center.

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