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March 21, 2022 – March 23, 2022

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday | 10:00 a.m. - Noon | 3 Sessions

Instructor: Grayson Bear

This online course will provide a simple overview of how to create a stop motion puppet and animate it, sharing the skills and toolkit necessary for students to create their own films at home. Using wire, clay, and any additional materials of choice, students will create their own unique characters and bring them to life using the core principles of animation. All experience levels are welcome. Mistakes, experiments, and silliness are highly encouraged.

Dates: March 21, 22, 23 | 10a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $175
Ages: 10 – 15 years of age.
Instructor: Grayson Bear

Materials List for the Course – 

1. An Android or iOS smartphone

2. The Stop Motion Studio app by Cateater (this is free). Available on Google Play or Apple.

3. A phone tripod with bluetooth remote control (~$20 on Amazon. Here’s a good example)

4. A clear work surface (a sturdy table or desk — preferably not carpet)

5. 1 lb oil-based clay (color of your choice)

6. 5 feet of 16 gauge aluminum wire

7. Long-nose pliers with wire cutter

Grayson Bear is an interdisciplinary artist who tells stories in as many ways as he can, including animation, music and comics. Since acquiring his BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art, he has worked professionally in the animation industry on a variety of projects. Bear believes that everyone carries a unique story inside them, and is dedicated to helping people share that story and have fun doing it.



This class is in: Youth Classes

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.