- FREE WORKSHOP Saturday, November 25 at Robot Inside! -
FSW will stop by Robot Inside from 10-11:30 AM for a free, all ages autumn animation workshop. Stop by to make your own flipbooks & zoetropes as well as experiment at different animation stations (hand-drawn, claymation, cutout). November 25 is also "Small Business Saturday" and RI is a wonderful store to support that.
- Listen to an interview and feature on FSW on WVXU, Cincinnati's NPR-affiliate station. -
- Multiple films made at FSW workshops were recently screened at Kid Vid Fest, a youth animation festival in California! Check out a photo gallery of the event here. -
- Check out our YouTube channel, which will archive the ongoing films and projects from FSW workshops. -
- The Public Library of Cincinnati was kind enough to post a couple of high quality photo galleries from FSW workshops this past summer, which can be seen here and here. -
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 school, FSW is a traveling workshop designed to make the magic of animation accessible to all.
Workshops can range from a single day to multi-week sessions. FSW has held workshops at community-oriented venues such as libraries, festivals, art galleries, summer camps, private events, and various other creative spaces. We go about anywhere!
In the workshop, children learn and engage in the art of the moving image. Camera-less animation projects include the making of flipbooks and zoetropes. In longer workshops, children will experiment with different methods of film animation (drawn, clay, cutouts, puppets) and create their own short films. 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 basic 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 for inspiration!
Floating Shape Workshop is designed for students in a roughly 6-14 age range.
An ASIFA member and lifelong enthusiast of animation as an artform, Mark came up with the idea of the FSW due to a lack similar options when he was young. 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, education, and/or funding. Combining newer, accessible technologies with old, traditional techniques, FSW sets out to be a fun educational environment that celebrates animation in both an individual and collaborative environment.
If you are interested in hosting Floating Shape for an event (public or private) or summer camp, please use the "contact" form at the top of this page or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below, see a gallery of various workshops in action.