Learn filmmaking from start to finish! In our hands-on animation camps, students will use a variety of techniques from claymation and pixelation to hand-drawn and cutout animation to create their own movie. Students will collaborate to conceive, write, storyboard, construct sets, shoot, and produce a completed mixed media animated short film using professional grade animation software Dragon frame stop-motion.

All films made during weeklong camps will be shown at New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival in 2018, and students will receive an online link to the film in the weeks following the camp to share with family and friends.

To view films made during previous camps, click here

Upcoming Film Camps

Winter Session: February 19-23, 2018

Grades K-2 – Animation Experiments 
Students in this one week camp will step into the role of mad scientists! Will we create a plant that can sing? Or will we create a dog that changes colors? The possibilities are endless! Students will create sets, props and characters all using different types of textured paper, fabrics, and MORE! The class will work together to make a short animated film about wacky science experiments. Students will have a blast thinking creatively to tell their own unique story!

Grades 3-5 – Movie Magic
Movies and magic have a long history together. Some of the first filmmakers were viewed as magicians rather than storytellers. In this camp, students will be both! Transform objects, make things disappear, bring objects to life, and more all using movie magic!  Try out different cinematic magic tricks and use animation to tell an original story and create a short film.

Grades 6- 8 Inspired By The Masters: Aardman Studios​ 
Wallace and Gromit have won over audiences since their debut! Students will make their  own clay animated films inspired by Wallace and Gromit as well as the other  Aardman studios films. Using equipments and the same software used by the studio itself, students will explore the filmmaking process by collaboratively creating an original story and film.

Pine Street School is located in the Financial District (25 Pine Street, NY NY 10005).
9:30am – 3:30 pm. Extended care is available from 3:30-5pm.
Films created in these workshops will screen at the 2019 Festival!

Spring Session: April 2-6, 2018

Grades K-2 – Creatures in the Garden
Spring is the season of blooming flowers and growing plants, but what might lie behind those plants? Students in this class will imagine what unknown animals or mythical creatures would live in a magic garden. Design and create new magical creatures and imagine how they might interact with one another. Use different art making processes and stop motion animation techniques to bring these dream creatures to life!

Grades 3-5 – Radical Robots
With so many new developments in technology, everyone is talking about ROBOTS! In this course students will dream up new robots and what they might do in the future! Using some basic technology to create their own unique robot puppet, students will use stop motion animation and professional cameras and software to show what these advanced robots would do!

Grades 6- 8 Inspired By The Masters: PES and Found Object Animation 
PES is a master of found object stop motion animation and is known for short films like Fresh Guacamole and Western Spaghetti. Students will create their own short transforming everyday objects into something completely different. Young animators will be given a variety of materials to explore, and are welcome to personalize the film with a favorite object of their own! The group will capture these creatively playful ideas by creating their own stop motion films and carrying out various animation exercises.

Pine Street School is located in the Financial District (25 Pine Street, NY NY 10005).
9:30am – 3:30 pm. Extended care is available from 3:30-5pm.
Films created in these workshops will screen at the 2019 Festival!

Sample Daily Schedule

9:15-9:30am – Arrival, morning welcome, and free draw
9:30-9:45am – Daily schedule overview
9:45-11:00am – Warm-up: students will look at short films to learn about the animation style they will be exploring and will participate in short animation exercises
11:00am-12:00pm – Story development: Led by teaching artists, students will work together to write a compelling story for their short film, create storyboards, and begin to work on character and set design
12:00-12:30pm – Lunch break (students bring their own lunch)
12:30-1:00pm – Recess
1:00-3:30pm – Animation: students will create the puppets, sets, props, and everything else needed to complete their short film and begin animating
3:30pm – Dismissal
3:30-5:00pm – Extended care (available for $20/day)

Useful Information

  • Extended care is available from 3:30-5pm for an additional charge
  • Each class will be led by two head teachers from our partner, The Good School, and will consist of 15 students
  • Class sizes are limited and expected to sell out
  • Students must bring lunch and snacks with them each day
  • Camps take place in lower Manhattan in Tribeca and the Financial District

For additional questions or information, please call (212) 349-0330


Full scholarships are available for weeklong camps in February, April, and July. Students who qualify based on proof of income are eligible to apply. Preferable documentation is letter from child’s school indicating eligibility for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch. If this is unavailable, paystubs or proof of Medicare, unemployment, or social security benefits may be used instead.

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