Sweet Treats for SAL Classes

In the upcoming classes in Saturday Arts Lab at SUNY New Paltz, we are planning special projects. The eight-week-long sessions at SAL are long enough that we can cover various techniques in stop-motion animation as described in Introduction and Intermediate Class description, and work on larger projects. So, we asked our friends, Lagusta of Lagusta’s Luscious and Dean Jones of Dog on Fleas, if we could do a little collaboration with them.


Lagusta’s Luscious is an amazing vegan chocolate shop based in New Paltz. Her shop has been featured in numerous media since its inception in 2003. In their words, “Lagusta’s Luscious artisanal chocolates combine a deep commitment to social justice, environmentalism and animal rights with the love of bold flavor of a true foodie and the obsessive commitment to artisan techniques of a chocolatier.” She is one of the many women entrepreneurs in the Hudson Valley I admire, and is sure to inspire our young budding artists.

For the spring session, the older students will be making animation around Lagusta’s beautiful chocolates (this is optional—they can also choose to work on their own projects). It could be a story about fair trade; it could be a movie about how chocolates are made; or could be just a visually delicious animation. She will have sweet rewards for their hard work at the end of the session!


Dean Jones is a member of the beloved Dog on Fleas, our local music band. He is also a grammy-winning producer and a very funny guy! He has two fun tracks from Dog on Fleas’ new CD that could use a little animation. Our morning younger class will take a crack at it! (Again, as an option—the students can choose to work on their own project.)

All final projects will be shown at a public presentation at the end of the session.


Summer Intro and Intermediate Classes

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We are offering one Introduction to Animation session and one Intermediate Animation session this summer. The intro session is offered in two full days (9:30–3:15), on July 22nd and July 23rd. The intermediate session is on July 24th and 25th.
Space is limited, so please contact us soon if you are interested.

The cost is $130 for one session (2 days), $260 for both sessions (4 days)

Description of Introduction Classes

Description of Intermediate Classes


Summer Schedule and Programs

This summer, we are not offering week-long camps. Instead, we are offering one intro- and one intermediate intensive from July 22 through July 25. We are also working on a special project: Brick Flick: LOTR, The Attack of Shelob. We will be faithfully recreating the shelob scene with Lego, using the rotoscope technique with Dragonframe stopmotion software and a Canon DSLR. This is not a class—anyone is welcome to join in the production, but we will not be offering detailed instruction. The idea is to learn by doing it. Kids can be dropped off for a half day or full day.

We will also be offering the popular One Day Technical Intensives on demand. There will be one coming up in July.

More information:
Intro and Intermediate (7/22–25)
LOTR Shelob (8/12–15)
One Day Tech Intensive (Date TBA)


LOTR Shelob Project

This August, we will be working on a special project. We will recreate the beginning of this scene in The Lord of the Rings with Lego, faithfully reproducing frame by frame in a technique called rotoscoping. We will be using Dragonframe Stopmotion software and a Canon DSLR, to create a professional quality footage.

Now, to be honest, I am not a fan of Lego animation. I am impressed by it, and enjoy watching them to some extent. But I feel it is something we just have to do at least once at Flick Book Studio.

This is not for the faint of heart. We will be spending hours just to make a few seconds of footage. We will analyze every second of the original clip, make sets, plan the shoot, set up lighting and rigs. The good news is that we won’t spend any time editing sounds!

This is not a class. We will not be offering detailed instruction. Artists are welcome to join in the production, or just hang out. The idea is to learn by doing, or at least observing.

Kids can be dropped off for $30 for half day (9:30 am to 12 noon, 12:30 to 3pm) or $45 for full day (9:30am to 3pm). Registration is not required, but please call us (856-616-4635) or let us know which day you are interested in.

Adults are also welcome!

August 12 through 15