Peninsula School of Art Exhibits Artistry of Animated Films

A drawing from “Come Again in Spring” by Belinda Oldford

Award-winning animated films – including a 2012 Academy Award® nominee – and their process pieces will be on display in the exhibition, “The Art of Animation,” beginning April 13 at Peninsula School of Art (PSA) in Fish Creek. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

“The Art of Animation” highlights the traditional artistic disciplines, like painting and sculpture, employed by seven of today’s celebrated filmmakers sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Each artist’s process pieces will be displayed alongside their films, which will run continuously in the gallery. Among the process works are initial sketches, storyboards, sequences, animatics (test films in black-and-white), and finished renderings.

In addition to the process pieces, gallery visitors will learn how each film was made through the filmmakers’ written narratives and “making of” videos.

The films on display represent a wide range of traditional animation and computer-assisted techniques, but all of the offerings are created with characters and settings that are produced by hand.

“The Art of Animation” featured artists include: Cordell Barker, Jacques Drouin, Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby, Belinda Oldford, Andrea Dorfman, and Melanie Jackson.

The exhibition will also feature short animated films created by emerging artists in the NFB’s Hothouse mentorship program, as well as a film dedicated to these artists’ experience in the program.

PSA, open Tuesday – Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm, is located at 3900 County Hwy F in Fish Creek. For more information about PSA workshops, exhibitions, and community programs, call 920.868.3455 or email [email protected].