Summer Youth: Make Stop Motion Animation (Ages 10-16)

  • Monday, July 31, 2023
  • Thursday, August 03, 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, July 31, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, August 01, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, August 02, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, August 03, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Small Classroom, Class Code ME073123CJ1
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  • $280 + $20 Materials Fee
  • $220 + $20 Materials Fee

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Stop motion animation is fun and easy. All you need is your imagination and a camera.

About this Class

Stop motion dates back more than 125 years. A lot has changed in that time, but what hasn’t is that animators move a character or object one frame at a time to make a scene. That’s exactly what we will be doing in this camp. We will take handmade characters and other everyday objects to make an entertaining scene and put it all together with the help of modern technology that happens to be in everyone’s pockets - their phones.

We will do the following:

  • Break down what stop motion is and its history
  • Come up with our “big idea”
  • Learn the tools that we will use (phone apps, etc.)
  • Light
  • Shoot
  • Edit (video and audio)
  • Present


  • For students ages 10-16.
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Registration closes Monday, July 24.
  • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
  • Complete and return this minor permission form.
  • You may register your youth for an optional, supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the duration of this class.

  • A materials fee of $20 is included in the price of the class and covers all materials needed. See below for what students need to bring.


Students will make a video of two or fewer minutes using a theme of their own, or one chosen by the class.


    Students must bring a smartphone or iPad/Android tablet.

    Class Policies


    Courtney G. Jones is a 30-year veteran of the film and television industry who has long been an advocate of the kind of accessibility mobile filmmaking offers. He serves as head of development for Steve Zahn & Rick Gomez’s company, Macaroni Art Productions. He has produced and directed feature films, commercials, documentaries, and series - some of which have been shot on mobile. He brings a wealth of technical and creative know-how to the classroom. Courtney’s main goal is to show that anyone can make something amazing with the technology that's in their pocket. When he's not writing, producing, filming, editing, or teaching, he’s typically daydreaming about flying, living on a boat, or trying new recipes.

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