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 Monday, January 30th through Friday, February 24th, 2023.

The workshop will also be offered at the Richmond Museum.

Animating History is a year-round animation workshop. 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. The Museum of Vancouver will send their 2022-2023 brochure to school districts in September. You can also reach out at info[at] for more details.

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. You will 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

Health Guidelines: All activities follow BC’s Health Guidelines. Museum staff, our animation team, school teachers, and volunteers are required to show proof of vaccination. Masks are required. The workshop space is available to school groups and their teachers only. We will keep a record of the name and contact information of everyone who attends the workshop. No one will be permitted to attend the workshop if they are exhibiting any symptoms of a cold, flu or COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or have been required to self-isolate. All equipment will be cleaned and sanitized.


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.


Alysha Seriani

Jaewoo Kang

Reed Jackson

Solaleh Kazemi

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.

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.

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.

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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