stop motion

Registration is open now for Catamount’s popular Stop-Motion Animation Summer Camp. The camp, open to children ages 9-14, will take place Monday through Friday, August 19-23, from 9 a.m. to noon. Camp will be held at the Catamount Arts Center at 115 Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury.

Students in the camp will learn to use a video camera to make original stop-motion animated movies in the familiar and captivating style of “Wallace and Gromit,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” A natural progression from 2D animation, stop-motion involves using a sequence of still shots to give the impression of movement to static three-dimensional objects.

Students of Catamount’s Stop-Motion Animation Camp will work in groups of two or three to create a storyline. They will use a variety of art materials, such as clay and fabric, to make figurines of their story’s characters, and they will design and paint their own sets for their figures to move through. In addition to the visual aspect, students will record original soundtracks using musical instruments, sound makers, and their own voices for sound effects and dialogue.

Stop-Motion Animation Camp is taught be award-winning Vermont filmmaker and teaching artist Meredith Holch, whose work has been broadcast on PBS and screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the National Art Gallery in Washington DC, and at film festivals, art galleries, and community spaces internationally. She has taught filmmaking and animation to children and adults for over a decade.

Stop-Motion Animation Camp is limited to 9 students. Early Bird tuition for Stop-Motion Animation Camp is $85 per student by July 15. After July 15, tuition is $95. Catamount Arts is committed to offering high quality arts programming for all students, regardless of ability to pay. Please call Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600 x109 for information on scholarships or payment plans. To register for Stop-Motion Animation Camp or learn more about summer arts education opportunities for kids, visit or call 748-2600.