Summer Animation Camp

uwm summer animation camp

June 17–21, 2019 | 12–4PM

Location: Kenilworth Square East Building
Questions: Brooke Thiele,

Join the Department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts for a week-long animation day camp! This comprehensive experience will include workshops on Character Design, Storyboarding, Drawn Animation, and Stop Motion Animation throughout a series of hands-on studio time led by our department instructors.

Limited enrollment available to participants 10-17 years old. Students who are close to 10 at the time of the camp are accepted, under the understanding that the child will be required to participate through a rigorous 4-hour work day.

Film at UW-Milwaukee earned recognition as one of Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 20 Film Programs in the World” and Variety’s “Best Entertainment Education Programs” because of our deep commitment to transforming students into expressive filmmakers with a mastery of creative, conceptual, and technical skills.


Storytelling & Storyboarding Workshops
Learn about the 12 principles of animation and how to storyboard ideas for an animation production with instructor Hannah Hamalian. Students will also develop animation timing and spacing skills through experimentation with pixilation animation.

Drawn Animation Workshops
Learn basic drawing and character design techniques with instructor Tim Decker. Practice basic drawn animation skills and shoot your animations!

Editing & Postproduction Workshops
Learn stop motion techniques and shoot your puppets to create short animation with instructor Owen Klatte and Angie Glocka.


$325 Early Bird registration rate ($350 after May 15)

Split payments available: $162.50 due May 15 & June 15 (First payment is charged at time of ticket purchase. Registrants must complete a second ticket purchase for the remaining balance by June 15th).

$4.00 convenience fee for payments made online or by phone
*Snacks and all supplies provided

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**Sorry no housing available


Hannah Hamalian is a recent MFA graduate from UW Milwaukee’s Film, Video, Animation and new Genres. As an artist, animator, and filmmaker, she uses a variety of forms of animation and appropriated video to make experimental essays and abstract narratives. Over the past 6 years she has spent time in California working as motion designer at VeracityColab, an advertising agency, and has worked for a variety of clients including Nickelodeon and American Girl. She is currently a lecturer in the Film program at UWM.

Owen Klatte is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee. Owen Klatte worked in California for over 25 years as an animation director and character animator. He created stop motion animation on projects that included Gumby, Pillsbury Doughboy commercials, The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Anomalisa. His computer graphics credits include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Disney’s Dinosaur, and Charlotte’s Web. Owen always liked training young animators on the job, and now has been enjoying teaching animation at UWM for the last 6 years.

Angie Glocka will co-lead the Stop Motion Animation portion of the Animation Camp. A Milwaukee native, Angie also worked in the animation industry for over 25 years, during which she worked on some of the same projects as her husband, Owen Klatte,

including Gumby, Pillsbury Doughboy commercials, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Disney’s Dinosaur. In addition, Angie worked on Toy Story at Pixar, as well as such films as Monster House, Night at the Museum 2, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Happy Feet 2

Tim Decker has played an important role in children’s entertainment over the past several decades. With extensive experience in game animation, character design and children’s television, Tim has taken on the roles of Animation Supervisor for Disney Interactive, lead animator for Knowledge Adventure, and layout artist/animator for the award winning television series “The Simpson’s!” As well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Alvin and Chipmunks and the Critic. He has also appeared on many episodes of the “Imagination Station” as a guest artist, inspiring children in the art of animation and cartooning. He has extensive experience directing animation in Canada, India, Korea and the United States.

Brooke Thiele is the director of the Animation Camp and will assist with instruction throughout the program and is your point person for any questions or concerns before and throughout the camp. Brooke Thiele is an animator, performance artist, filmmaker and the recipient of the 2016 Nohl fellowship. Brooke has been a lecture in the Film, Animation and New Genres department at UWM since 2007 and also is the animation academic adviser in the Film Department. Workshops are taught by UWM Peck School of the Arts Film teaching faculty.