Stop Motion Workshop
with Laura Bellmont
Stop Motion Workshop
Sunday, December 4th
Student Workshop (Ages 8-12): 12PM - 1:30PM
Adult Workshop: 4PM - 6PM

Become an animator for the day! In collaboration with Laura Bellmont of The Little Animation Studio, The Church is presenting a stop-motion animation workshop for students and adults, respectively. Working with state-of-the-art professional equipment and software, participants will have the opportunity to design and produce their own short films that can be screened, downloaded, and shared again and again. Specific descriptions of each session are as follows:

Each session includes:
- Hands-on oversight from professional illustrator and animator Laura Belmont
- Access to state-of-the-art professional equipment
- Use of and training in the professional software DragonFrame Stop Motion
- Resources and knowledge to produce a short animated film
- The final product: a short animation that you have created as a team (student) or on your own (adults).

Student Workshop | $10* – In just 1.5 hours, students will explore the magic of hand-drawn stop motion animation using professional software DragonFrame Stop Motion. Students will be divided into teams, each of which will produce and design unique hand-drawn characters and environments that tell one-of-a-kind short stories about dreamed up worlds. The finished films will be edited together into a collaborative animated short film that can be screened, downloaded, and shared.
*This program has been generously underwritten by an anonymous donor

Adult Workshop | $65 – During this 2-hour hands-on stop motion animation & drawing workshop, participants will explore the potential of the hand drawn line under the lens. Utilizing professional software, DragonFrame Stop Motion, participants will use a self-portrait video of themselves to create a “rotoscope animation”. Frame by frame these vibrant short films/self-portraits will come to life. The finished films will be edited together into a collaborative animated short film that can be screened, downloaded, and shared.

About LAURA BELLMONT AND THE LITTLE ANIMATION STUDIO Laura has been actively working in NYC as an illustrator and stop motion animator since 2005. She attended Pratt Institute for her undergraduate (bachelor’s in design) and graduate (master’s in art education) degrees and graduated from both programs with honors. Her illustrations have been published in Nylon Japan, and the Farmer's Almanac and she has had her drawings included in several books. She currently works on fine art commissions and animations. You may view her work at: and @laurabellmontart on Instagram.

After completing her master’s degree, she founded "The Little Animation Studio" in 2013 with a mission to offer workshops that cultivate commercial and traditional art making skills, communication and collaboration, problem solving and the mindful use of technology. These mobile, stop motion animation + art making workshops have been offered in museums, schools, homes, and community centers. Clients include: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Parrish Museum, The Darien Library, The Bartow Pell Museum, Spence School, The Blue School, and Sag Harbor Cinema. Laura co-authored a how-to book detailing introductory stop motion animation exercises that is available on Amazon.
To learn more about The Little Animation Studio's programming, you may visit:
You may view their collection of student work by going to: