New sessions start January 18, 2020

as Therapeutic Practice

What: Animation Workshops
Where: Burkhart Center
When: Saturdays (12 - 1.30 or 2 - 3.30)


Drs. Francisco Ortega and Jorgelina Orfila (School of Art, TTU) offer workshops in stop-motion animation at the Burkhart Center for young participants diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Coordinators : Drs. Francisco Ortega and Jorgelina Orfila

Research has shown exercising creativity supports children’s and teenager’s emotional and cognitive development. Animation, particularly character animation, serves as a conduit for empathy and emotional connection in people with ASD.

All participants will be trained in the technique of stop-motion animation using industry-standard tools and techniques. The program consists of twelve (12), 90-minute sessions, held once a week on Saturday. Each participant will be paired with an assistant from our research team who will explain the goals of each daily exercise and offer technical support.

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Graduate Researchers and Assistants: Melissa Kimball & Jose Ardivilla

Throughout the semester, we follow these steps:

  1. Participants become acquainted with animation materials and equipment
  2. Participants learn and practice timing, sequencing and movement, and sound-image synchronization
  3. Participants develop their own story and create a storyboard
  4. Participants produce a short -1 minute- animation


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If, as a parent, you would like for your child to participate in our workshop, or if you are a young adult and are interested in exploring stop-motion animation, please contact Dr. Francisco Ortega ::

** All workshops are FREE of charge, and all required technical equipment and materials are provided for each participant. **

Reserve your space today. Our next session starts on January 18, 2020