Animating History

Come for a Workshop!

We are happy to share with you that Animating History will be offered on weekdays at the Museum of Vancouver, starting January 29th through February 29th, 2024.

Animating History is an animation workshop series, where students produce a three-minute animated film with guidance from a museum interpreter, a professional animator, and a volunteer. Students participate in all aspects of production: story-boarding, character and background creation, camerawork, and sound.

We will keep you updated on the workshop at the Richmond Museum, likely to come back in Spring 2024.

Who: Students in Grades 5 – 12

What: Work with professional animators to storyboard a plot, create and animate characters, and add dialogue and sound effects. Students complete a one to two-minute animated story by the end of the day. Stories include Vancouver Fire, 1907 Anti-Asian Riots, and Japanese Canadian Internment.

Cost: $450 per class at MOV

Why animate local history?

The films are based on BC’s rich history, heritage and culture. A museum interpreter provides the educational framework for the workshop, giving an overview of the history and cultural context, and leading a discussion to teach the concept of historical fiction.

Goals & Objectives

Students benefit by learning an appreciation for historical interpretation, and gaining an understanding of the social and cultural realities of Canada as expressed through film. Youth also develop practical skills in filmmaking, teamwork, and critical thinking.

Elementary school curriculum links

Teachers have informed us that the program is an invaluable supplement to the school curriculum because it helps to bring history alive for young people. Funding from the Province of British Columbia makes it possible to offer this innovative program as an affordable field trip.


Weronika Stepien

Alysha Seriani

Reed Jackson

Solaleh Kazemi

Jaewoo Kang

Weronika Stepien’s art practice incorporates 3D and 2D animation, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Stepien graduated from Emily Carr University’s Film and Video and Integrated Media program in 2009 and earned her Master of Art in Fine Arts from UBC in 2019. She has exhibited her work internationally and taught animation to youth in Vancouver for over ten years.

Alysha Seriani is an emerging interdisciplinary artist working at the intersections of film production, pedagogy, media art and community projects.. In 2019, she was a recipient of Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program, and her first short film SOAK (2014) is distributed by the CFMDC.

Reed Jackson is a queer artist & arts facilitator. Working through film, sound, eco-printing and an emergent movement practice, they are currently researching queer & trans histories, non-binary embodiment, ecological intersubjectivity & spacetime as field and fabric.

Solaleh Kazemi is a a freelance artist in animation and illustration with a BMA from Emily Carr University. She studied with a focus in 2D animation and has worked on independent projects and films in the same genre.

Jaewoo Kang is a filmmaker, animator and visual artist based on unceded Tsleil-Waututh lands, also known as North Vancouver. He graduated from the film program at Simon Fraser University and studied visual effects at Vancouver Film School.

Past Videos

This short was done by students at the Richmond Museum in a one-day Animating History workshop on Nov 22, 2023.

This short was done by students at the Richmond Museum in a one-day Animating History workshop on November 26, 2018

This short was done by students at the Museum of Vancouver in a one-day Animating History workshop on November 27, 2018.

This short was done by students at the Museum of Vancouver in a one-day Animating History workshop on Nov 20, 2018.

A partnership of the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), the Port Moody Station Museum, and the Richmond Museum, this program is funded in part by the Province of British Columbia. 


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