Stop Motion Animation Studio Online




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Do you want to be the director and animator of your very own stop motion animation film? Instructors will guide students to experiment with various artistic forms using clay, painting, drawing, Legos, and other materials to create objects and build sets. Advancing a STEAM approach of integrating Art with STEM subjects, participants will learn how to create digital special effects through open-source software. The curriculum will include film-related topics such as storyboarding, production, and editing. (Note: Adult guidance and technology support may be required for younger students)


New STEAM Curriculum: Students will explore the artistic process with a STEAM approach and seek creative solutions alongside other students their age. Through guided projects and peer feedback, students will have the opportunity to interact with other artists and share their interests in all things digital illustration!


Ages:  10 – 14
Dates:  August 2 – 6, 2021 (M-F)
Times:  9:30 am – 4:00 pm EST
Tuition:  $390
Location:  Online (Details provided in Welcome Letter)


Daily Schedule

9:30 am – 10:30 am
——Online Welcome and Introduction to activities
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
——Individual Work Time and Instructor Check-ins
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
——Individual Work Time and Instructor Check-ins
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
——Online Regroup and Class Discussion



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Instructor:  Zachary Rhoades
Animation and Comic Artist
Read about Mr. Rhoades

achary Rhoades has been working in media since 2003, and taught undergraduate courses in animation, storyboarding, greenscreen, and production at Art Institute of D.C. and George Mason University. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Rhoades is an avid fan of all things nerd and geek, including cartoons, comics, and video games. Mr. Rhoades has created and contributed to multiple independent comics and books and is a regular contributor to “The Saturday Morning Cartoonists” podcast. Mr. Rhoades earned his bachelor’s degree in computer graphics and animation from George Mason University, and he is currently working on the independent publishing of his illustrated novel series “GENE515.”

Justin Sutters, Art Lessons
Director: Justin Sutters, Ph.D.
Mason School of Art Professor
Read about Dr. Sutters

Dr. Sutters was a K-12 art educator in an urban school district for seven years and also taught for two years in São Paulo, Brazil. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, attained his doctorate degree from the Ohio State University receiving national recognition for his dissertation. Since, he has been an Assistant Professor and currently is the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Art Education at George Mason University. He has presented his research at the state, national and international level and is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He currently is the Chair of the Professional Learning through Research (PLR) working group of the National Art Education Association’s Research Commission, the NAEA Higher Education Representative for the Southeastern Division, on the review board of Art Education and Visual Arts Research (VAR) and has been a contributing member of the Data Visualization Working Group. His research focuses on pre-service practices, teacher licensure, national demography data, comparative studies/Brazilian studies, and theories pertaining to space and place.



“The animation was amazing. My son loves going to the computer lab to add sound to the movies.” – STEAM Art: Stop Motion Animation 2019 Grandparent

“My granddaughters loved the camp. There were ready to go to the camp each morning before I was.” – STEAM Art: Stop Motion Animation 2019 Grandparent

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“My child learned SO much about engineering, design, story-telling, and teamwork. It was a multi-faceted experience that excited and inspired my child.” – STEAM Art: Stop Motion Animation 2017 Parent

“My favorite part was the final creation/video.” – STEAM Art: Stop Motion Animation 2017 Participant

“I love that the camp integrated art and technology.” – STEAM Art: Stop Motion Animation 2017 Participant




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