It’s Alive! Puppet Making and Stop Motion Animation for Kids!

July 21, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | 10a.m. – Noon | 3 Sessions

This 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.

Instructor: Grayson Bear
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.

Ages: 10 – 14 years of age.
Tuition: $175

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.