By: Stephen Mortland—
Muncie, IN—Tracey the pencil dog and her crew guide visitors through the basics of turning a story into an animation at Minnetrista’s newest exhibit. On January 25, the newest addition to Minnetrista’s educational repertoire is an exhibit that seeks to educate visitors about the art and science of animation. Animationland transports visitors of all ages to a fantastical land with a quirky cast of characters where inspiration is everywhere.
The exhibit focuses on the basics of the animation process using interactive features including a sketching studio, a sound effects booth and the opportunity to plan and star in a stop-motion production.
“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. It’s a DIY experience!”
Developed and produced by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Animationland offers a fully immersive, interactive exhibit where guests learn to incorporate animation skills into the creation process. This enables guests to understand the interplay that occurs between art and science and how they can apply those skills to tell their own stories in unique and dynamic ways.
“We want everyone to feel welcome and inspired to draw and animate their own creations,” said Cecilia Nguyen, exhibit developer at OMSI. “Animation is an extremely effective way to engage people with math and science, especially those who don’t see themselves as interested or motivated to learn in those areas.”
Animationland is on view from January 25–May 3, don’t miss it!