Cade Museum teaches animation in new exhibit

The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention will hit play on a new, DIY exhibit in May that will give visitors to take home animation skills. 

Animationland will officially open on May 19, but sneak peeks will happen on May 14 for an Inventivity Bash and May 15 for a members-only preview. 

Created by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), the exhibit allows kids and adults to learn and combine the science and art of animation. Using a sketching studio and sound effects booth, visitors will develop their own stop-motion production. 

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Animationland is a vibrant, whimsical place where kids and adults can get lost in the creative process, even if they’ve never thought of themselves as artists,” said Catherine Diaz, exhibit business development manager at OMSI. “The exhibit provides visitors with the opportunity to experiment with animation, then walk away with the knowledge and skills to do it at home.” 

The exhibit will run until January 2023, giving plenty of time for first, or second and third visits to perfect skills. 

Tracey the pencil dog and a cast of other characters will explain the animation process as visitors work through the exhibit, gaining an understanding of the digital process behind classic Pixar and Disney movies.  

“When we started to sketch our ideas for the cast of characters, we knew we wanted them to be simple enough for anyone to draw,” said Colby Nichols, creative director at OMSI’s partner Jolby & Friends. “Each character has a defining visual characteristic and an attitude that gives them meaning in Animationland.”

Learn more about the Inventivity Bash, Animationland and the Cade Museum at its website

The Cade Museum will also host Language Day on April 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn from UF’s Department of Linguistics about the world of languages with puzzles, mini-language courses and brain wave demonstrations. 


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