LAIKA Sundays

May 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us on the third Sunday of each month between February and May for an immersive and family-friendly day of all things LAIKA Studios. Each LAIKA Sunday will include opportunities to meet some of the incredible artists who make the magic happen behind the scenes, participate in a LAIKA-inspired family tour, get creative with some analog animation activities, and settle in to watch a LAIKA film or other classic animated work.

Event Schedule

All Day

LAIKA Activity Guide
Schnitzer Sculpture Court, Main Building, 1st floor
Be inspired, have fun, and bring your own ideas to life! At the heart of every LAIKA film is a creative process that kindles the imagination. This hands-on activity guide explores key elements of that process, from developing characters and building their physical worlds to a crucial focus on storytelling.

10:15 a.m. – Noon

Q&As with the LAIKA Crew
LAIKA exhibition galleries, various locations, Main Building, 1st floor
Pop into the exhibition to meet various LAIKA crew members who will be scattered about and ready to answer your burning questions and also share insights on working and making films at LAIKA.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

LAIKA Artmaking Extravaganza
Stevens room, Main Building, Lower Level
Color! Cut! Make! Drop in and get creative with a series of art-activities and games inspired by LAIKA films.

11 a.m. – Noon

The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA : Part I
Whitsell auditorium, Main Building, Lower Level

Morgan Hay, Rapid Prototyping Fabrication Lead
Katy Hughes, Scenic Artist
Caitlin Pashalek, Set Dresser
Raul Martinez, Lead Model Maker
Brian Hansen, Animator

Morgan Hay leads a wide ranging panel discussion with LAIKA artists who will share personal stories about what it’s like to work behind the scenes and some of their favorite LAIKA moments.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA : Part II
Whitsell auditorium, Main Building, Lower Level

Arianne Sutner, Head of Production
Chris Butler, Writer/Director
Desiree Ong,  Jr. Graphic Designer
Molly Light,  Soft Goods Model Maker
Benoit Dubuc,  CG Facial Animation Supervisor
Ludo Berardo,  Animator

Arianne Sutner and Chris Butler bring together more LAIKA artists to reflect on the last eight months of the The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA exhibition and what the show has meant to each of them.  

12:30 p.m.

Portland Art Museum Docent-Guided Family Tour: Stories in Art- Connecting LAIKA to the PAM Collection
Meet in the Schnitzer Sculpture Court, Main Building, 1st floor
Every artwork tells a story. Join a Museum guide for an interactive exploration of the stories told by works in the PAM collection, and in Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Puppet Meet & Greet
Whitsell Auditorium Lobby, Main Building, Lower Level
Stop by this informal meet-and-greet (and take photos) with puppets from various LAIKA films.

2 p.m.

Film Screening: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Dir: Nathan Juran, United Kingdom/United States, 1958, 88 mins.
Whitsell auditorium, Main Building, Lower Level
While today’s digitally rendered animated films astound in looking virtually real, Ray Harryhausen’s timeless, hand-crafted wonderwork —his first film in color—retains its own convincing reality and visual splendor. Sailor Sinbad and his betrothed, Princess Parisa, must overcome the ruthless evil sorcerer and battle monsters on the island of Colossa. Harryhausen’s set pieces—the Cyclops, the dancing snake woman, and the famous sword fight between Sinbad and the skeleton—make for unforgettable adventure for all ages. Added bonus: the exciting score by Bernard Herrmann.

Admission: Except where noted, all LAIKA Sunday programs free with Museum admission. The Museum and programs are always free for Members and for youth 17 and under. Tours, panel discussions, and film screening are first come, first served so there may be limited capacity.

Presented in conjunction with Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA, on view October 14, 2017 through May 20, 2018.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.


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.

Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA