Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios Exhibit Opens
Blue Sky Studios specializes in photo-realistic, high resolution, computer generated animation and rendering. Critically acclaimed for their animated films “Ice Age” and its popular sequels, “Robots,” and “Rio,” as well as special effects and animation work for “TRON,” “Alien Resurrection,” “Star Trek: Insurrection,” “Joe’s Apartment” and numerous others. Rarely-seen conceptual drawings, character illustrations and expression sheets, 3D models, story boards, and background paintings illuminate the years of development behind the films. Admission to the exhibition opening costs $40 per person, or $100 per family. Admission for Museum members costs $20 per person, or $50 per family.
BLUE SKY AND BEYOND: A LECTURE AND PERFORMANCE SERIES
Thursdays in July and August, 5:30 p.m.
Join us for this series of inspiring conversations celebrating the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers who bring artistry and technology together to create compelling new realities.
Blue Sky artists Peter de Sève, Lead Ice Age Character Designer; Art Director Thomas Cardone, Lighting Supervisor Jim Gettinger, Cinematographer Renato Falcao, and Animation Supervisor Galen Chu, creators of the recent hit “Rio;” and Art Director Mike Knapp and Production Designer Jon Townley of “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs;” will be among our featured speakers.
On August 4, join us to explore the fantasy world of Steampunk, and on August 11, learn about cutting edge filmmaking in the Berkshires with Diane Pearlman of the Berkshire Film and Media Commission, and Visual Effects Producer Jeff Diamond. Two special Blue Sky movie nights are planned for July 28 and August 25! Free with Museum admission.
TEEN ART WORKSHOPS
Animation from A to Z
With Cartoonist/Animator Scott Lincoln
Monday through Friday, July 11 through 15
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Explore the art of animation! Character design, storyboard illustration, and computer animation will be a part of this exciting exploration of the moving image and the world of digital animation. Dynamic cartoonist and animator Scott Lincoln is the creator of “Ralf the Destroyer,” a long-running cartoon strip, and has taught aspiring artists at the Guy Gilchrist Cartoon Academy. For teens ages 13 and up. $175, $150 members. Extended day from 3 to 5 p.m., $50 per week. Materials provided.
Filmmaking! Storyboards and the Moving Image
With Illustrator/Storyboard Artist Robert Castillo
Monday through Friday, July 18 through 22
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Discover the art of film, from script writing to storyboards and live action video. In-gallery and classroom art activities will also explore the world of digital animation in “’Ice Age’ to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios.” A gifted illustrator, animator, and storyboard artist, Robert Castillo has created imagery for Adidas, VHI, ESPN, PHAT FARM, HBO, and Silver Cup Studios, among others. For teens ages 13 and up. $175, $150 members. Extended day from 3 to 5 p.m., $50 per week. Materials provided.
Blue Skies! A Family Festival Day
Saturday, July 16, 1 to 4 p.m.
Meet The Lost Boys--four talented artists from Blue Sky Studios--during this exciting look at the process of digital animation for feature length films. Nick Bruno, Scott Carroll, Paul Downs, and Peter Paquette will offer insights into how beloved characters from “Robots,” “Ice Age,” and “Rio” are brought to life. Enjoy family exhibition tours, hands-on workshops, and the opening of Robot Nation, a special outdoor exhibition! Free with Museum admission.
Careers in Animation
Saturday, October 22, 1 to 4 p.m.
Artists of all ages are invited to explore opportunities in the world of animation with successful practitioners who are working in the field. This informative and inspiring afternoon of talks, demonstrations, and portfolio reviews will discuss education paths, the recruitment process and the many facets of the animation in the 21st century. Free with Museum admission.
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