Being a painter, I had gotten used to working alone. “Two heads are better than one” never applied to my situation. So when I opened this studio, my focus was on the process and the result. But within the first days, something else was grabbing my attention. Group dynamics had a major impact on the mood of the artists and the outcome of the clips. When the artists were having fun—laughing their heads off, goofing around, being giddy—the clips were better, more innovative, and ambitious.
The artists in this case were age 10 to 14, but I was one of the giddy ones. I hadn’t felt that way for a very long time. Because stop-motion animation involves techniques that run the full spectrum of creative expression, there are always people who know better than you, and vice versa. It is very refreshing to learn something new from your peers.
The Hudson Valley is full of creative people in every discipline and profession. In today’s culture of Youtube and smartphones, video is an essential part of our lives. Stop-motion animation, often combined with straight video, opens up a whole new possibility of expression and exposure, no matter what your field is. I invite you to come and experiment, and have fun.
One Day Technical Intensive gives you all the information you need to make a finished clip. After taking this workshop, you will have an access to the studio 24/7, with a monthly membership.
On-going weekend workshops (for this winter, Elemental Phenomena and Take Two) are great ways to meet other artists, or work with your friends. It is also good for artists who already have basic knowledge about making stop-motion animation so don’t need the One Day Intensive. At the end of these workshops, you will have finished clips that you can add to your portfolio.
If you have a specific project you would like to work on, I can work with you privately, or with a small group.
Hope to see you soon!