Art is a crazy subject for us. Some of us love it (aka Madison) while some of us are indifferent to it (aka Jojo) . One of us hates it immensely (aka Logan ) while some of us are not very good at it (aka me). Regardless of our feelings about it , it is a necessary subject for any homeschool. You can make it hard or easy. I prefer easy with not too much prep work.
It’s not too difficult at Disney to locate art to look at and analyze. There is the mosaic inside Cinderella’s castle. Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel on Spaceship Earth. Signs galore not to mention the Art of Disney stores. Everywhere you turn there is something art related. This is in addition to the animation classes for the Youth in Education Series or the Animation Academy at Hollywood Studios.
Animation Station at Hollywood Studios is a dream come true for a kid who likes art. It is easy enough for those of us who can’t draw but hard enough for those who can. You start with a short film about how they draw the characters. After the movie, you can either play at the consoles or move on to meet some characters. It was the characters from Wreck It Ralph but it’s changing in November to Big Hero 6. If you want to draw then move into the Animation Station. Find a seat with a piece of paper and pencil . The animator draws it up on a screen while you follow along. Of course, there are no erasers. Great tip : the animator will give away their drawing if you ask. Free souvenir!
We’ve taken rubbings of the mosaic in Cinderella’s Castle . We’ve tried to replicate a mosaic of that size at home to see how hard it must have been . We’ve sketched paintings, statues and signs in our sketchbooks.
Often times, it can be as simple as one of the children noticing it so we stop to analyze it.
How did they do that?
What about the shading?
What is the medium?
What was the artist hoping to porrtay?
How long do we think it took to complete?
My favorite : What do you see?
If you have an art lover then there is a Youth in Education class for them.
Exploring Disney’s Animation History
Enroll in the Animation Academy, birthplace of many Disney animated feature films, to discover the innovative animation processes Walt Disney developed that changed the way stories were told and brought beloved characters to life. During this 3-hour program students in grades 3-12 will learn how to sketch a famous Disney character, experiment with early production processes and develop their storytelling skills.
Key Learning Points
During this interactive field study, students will:
- Articulate the various elements of the animation process.
- Demonstrate storyboarding and pitch their story to the group.
- Draw a Disney character using simple geometric shapes.
- Describe the physical phenomenon of persistence of vision.
- Calculate the number of frames needed to produce a 60-minute animated film.
- Create their own simple animation by making a kineograph.
- Discuss Walt Disney’s role as a leader and innovator in the animation and entertainment industries.
- Understand how the characteristics of media, techniques and processes can be used to enhance the communication of experiences and ideas.
All programs subject to availability. Program content, times, attractions and locations subject to change due to inclement weather, availability or group dynamics. Students must meet minimum age/grade requirements.
Art doesn’t have to be a difficult subject nor does it have to be expensive. Open your eyes to all the art surrounding you in daily life. Next time you are visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, check out the many ways art is portrayed around the World.