** FSW Summer 2017 **
- June 27: Public Library of Cincinnati (main/downtown branch) -- 1-3 PM ("Brain Camp" session, registration required) // Flipbook Workshop & Claymation
- July 16: Thunder-Sky, Inc. -- 1-4 PM // Free! // Flipbook Workshop + Live Collaborative Animation Project
- July 19: Public Library of Cincinnati (main/downtown branch) -- 1-3 PM ("Brain Camp" session, registration required) // Live "storytelling" Animation Project
- July 22: Price Hill Library -- 1-2 PM //Free // Flipbook Workshop // A special flipbook workshop following the Mini Microcinema's screening of "Films for Kids in Spanish / Películas para Niños en Español" (animation from the New York International Children’s Film Festival) at 11 AM.
- July 23: The Good People Festival (Covington, KY) -- 12 PM // Free! // Flipbook Workshop // FSW will be in the "children's area" of the festival hosting open flipbook workshops at the festival alongside Robot Inside and others!
- July 24-28: Robot Inside -- FSW Summer Camp // Registration required // Week-long summer camp at Robot Inside. Three-hour daily workshops (Monday-Friday). From flipbooks to full films. Registration is almost full for this event! Full details and sign up here.
- August 9: The Play Library -- 10-1 PM // Registration Required // Details TBA
The Floating Shape Workshop is a children's animation workshop ran by Mark Neeley, a Cincinnati-based artist-educator. As a mobile extension of an animation workshop class that Mark teaches at a local private school, Floating Shape is a traveling workshop designed to make the magic of animation accessible to all.
Workshops can range from a single hour/day to multi-week sessions. The FSW had held workshops at libraries, festivals, summer camps, art galleries, and various other venues and creative spaces.
In the workshop, children learn and engage in the art of the moving image. Beginning projects are camera-less animation, such as the creation flipbooks and zoetropes. Eventually (depending on the length of the class), they will make their own short stop motion films using a medium of their choosing (paper, clay, cutouts, puppets). All materials (including a quality, accessible animation program and camera for filming) are provided. Children are encouraged to animate any kind of film that they want, with instruction and tips/tricks provided to achieve their desired result.
Additionally, there are many educational elements to the workshop along the way. For example, each session begins with a viewing of various, international cartoon shorts from the world!
The Floating Shape Workshop is designed for students in a roughly 6-14 age range.
An ASIFA member and lifelong celebrator of animation as an artform, Mark came up with the idea of the FSW due to a lack similar options when he was growing up. Instead, he spent a lot of time experimenting with animation through a variety of DIY, homemade methods. The idea is that most children love cartoons, and a lot of them are interested in making their own, but might not have access to the materials, funding, and/or education. Combining newer, accessible technologies with old, traditional techniques, the FSW sets out to be the a fun educational environment that celebrates animation in both an individual and collaborative environment.
If you are interested in having Floating Shape for an event or summer camp, please use the "contact" form at the top of this page or e-mail email@example.com
We have a YouTube channel to archive various films & projects done by the FSW here.
Below, see a gallery of Floating Shape in action.