U.P. Children’s Museum instructor teaches youth creative video technique


Liam Ulland-Joy, 14, is shown learning sand animation techniques.

Story and photo by 8-18 Media
Kids love animated movies and TV shows. Some of the biggest blockbusters recently have been animated: The Lego Movie series, Ralph Breaks the Internet and The Incredibles 2, to name a few. Most kids, after they see movies such as these, are often struck with the desire to create their own animated films. However, since most kids don’t have access to blockbuster-level budgets and high-end technology, the dream generally seems out of reach.

Cut to Denise Owens, a Marquette resident who teaches classes at WOW Animation at the U.P. Children’s Museum. Her goal is to offer classes in sand animation and cut-out animation to local kids at an affordable price.

Owens studied animation in Los Angeles at the American Animation Institute and Santa Monica Community College. She also worked one season on an animated show that runs on Cartoon Network called Robot Chicken. Robot Chicken uses toys, dolls and action figures to parody pop culture (and it’s geared for adults)…


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