Animating History

Come for a Workshop!

Our Animating History program is temporarily on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions and safety guidelines.

We hope to resume the Animating History workshops in January 2022. Please check back in September 2021, as bookings may begin at the start of the school year.

Who: Students in grades 4 – 12
What: Create a short animated historical film in a full day workshop with a professional animator and museum interpreter
To Register:  On the venue of your choice (Museum of Vancouver, Port Moody Museum, Richmond Museum).


Why animate local history?

This day-long workshop encourages students to identify what they value about their heritage and their city. They become detectives, guided through the museum exhibits with an objective: to look for clues to the past in order to bring their own story to life through animation.

Goals & Objectives

* Understand how animation works
* Learn how to develop a story and create characters
* Understand the concept of historical fiction
* Acquire the basic tools and techniques for creating an animated film
* Develop a better understanding of events in Vancouver history

Elementary school curriculum links

This workshop helps students to develop skills in such areas as teamwork, communication, and cooperation. Learning how to do animation integrates all areas of the curriculum, enabling students to apply their multiple intelligences to a project-based learning experience.


Alysha Seriani

Jaewoo Kang

Kellen Jackson

Alysha Seriani is an emerging interdisciplinary artist working at the intersections of film production, pedagogy, media art and community projects. Her work proposes horizontal modes of collaboration and seeks to witness intersectional practices, intergenerational learning and queer joy. 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. She often works in public and artist-run institutions and has been a contributor and collaborator for many media artworks and independent films that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries internationally. She gratefully works on the stolen and unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ nations.

Jaewoo Kang is a filmmaker, animator and visual artist based on unceded Tsleil-Waututh lands, also known as North Vancouver. He graduated from film program at Simon Fraser University and studied visual effects at Vancouver Film School. He explores the film medium as a way of creating new queer aesthetic that blurs the line between gender binary. In his recent films, he incorporated various styles of animation in order to create an intersubjective sense of reality. Currently, Jaewoo is working with silk screen prints to expand his themes of queer sensibility that combines both digital and conventional art forms.

Kellen Jackson is a queer artist & arts facilitator on stolen, occupied, unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ lands. Their work is generated from a deep desire for conscious intimacy with the quantum materiality of spacetime in all its manifestations. 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.

Past Videos

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 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 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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