Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

The Animation Academy

August 10, 2024 - January 10, 2025

 The Animation Academy at Whitaker Center

COMING SOON to the UPMC Science Center in August!


The Animation Academy

Get Drawn into the World of Animation!

August 2024 - January 2025 

The Animation Academy explores the unique world of animation, from traditional hand-drawn cels to exciting breakthroughs in stop-motion and CGI.

Stage Nine Exhibitions proudly welcomes involvement from major animation studios such as DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, Screen Novelties, Aardman Animations and Laika, as well as institutions like The Walt Disney Family Museum and The Chuck Jones Estate.

Visitors will create their own stop-motion animated shorts, learn about the art of storyboarding, go behind the scenes with artists and animators, and enjoy America's largest 3D zoetrope. 

Each display and interactive activity features the participation of industry leaders, from original hand-drawn cells to real stop-motion marquettes.




  • Voice Acting in Animation
  • Keva Castle
  • Mr. Toad Car
  • Animation Camera
  • Learn to Draw Stations
  • Scooby Doo Photo Op
  • The Simpsons Photo Op
  • Kinnect Art
  • Spongebob Photo Ops
  • Stop Motion Animation Stations
  • Tortoise and Hare Diorama
  • Tracing Stations
  • Vintage TV Stack
  • Zoetrope
  • Praxiscopes
  • Gumby Sets
  • Chuck Jones Spinbrowser
  • Origins of American Animation
  • Illuminated Watercolor Wall
  • 3D Printing
  • Storyboarding Wall
  • Green Screen Photo Booth
  • Principles of Animation RFID Station



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