Learn • Animate • Lead

Please fill in the application below for consideration. Seats are limited.

“With our live events, we are not looking for followers. We are seeking leaders who will take a megaphone with them back to their sites and amplify the message that media production and visual storytelling are a basic skill-set for all young learners in the upcoming generation. Only serious zealots need apply.”

Joe Summerhays - Founder Animating Kids | Animation Chefs

Put your head down for two days with the award-winning founder of Animating Kids, Joe Summerhays and immerse yourself in a filmmaking and educational experience you’ll never forget!

In addition to 30 years of award-winning design in commercial art, software development, and children’s media, Joe has guided the creation of over one thousand teacher and student produced films, and has developed age-appropriate strategies in media production for dozens of organizations.


Experience story development & project ideation, on steroids, for any age or subject

Produce an original short animated film using new animation vocabulary & skills

Develop a scope & sequence of instruction for your site with one-on-one coaching

Gain insights into best practices for small-group, project based success

Harmonize the latest apps and workflow tools

Take Away a fully developed custom outline and strategy of your site’s unique demands.


THE HOSTS: The Animation Chefs have presented at Apple’s Flagship Retail Stores, The Tribeca Film Festival, SXSWEdu, film centers in Africa and the Arab Emirates and many other venues.

At least two of the Animation Chefs will be on site assisting at all times.

Amazing guest speakers include production and storyboard artists from animated Hollywood features like Rio, Iron Giant, and Ice Age.

THE Agenda: This 2-Day intensive assumes you have little or no animation talent. The prerequisite is that you love mentoring kids with tech. We will take you step-by-step through the entire Animating Kids platform and guide you in the creation of an orginal one-minute stop motion movie. We will then calendar a realistic schedule for your site so you can facilitate a doable program using your new skills.

June 28 - Day 1 8:30am - 4pm

“ANIMATION A-Z”, Discovery day! Learn the ins and outs of positioning projects in the best possible way to engage students. Learn animation vocabulary, basic principles and concepts embodied in the Animating Kids System. By day’s end attendees will have a grasp of basic techniques, tricks, and principles of animation from 120 years of Hollywood know-how, reimagined for small group, project-based experiences in all subjects.

June 29 - Day 2 8:30am - 4pm

“MAKE A ONE MINUTE ANIMATED MOVIE FROM SCRATCH” The entire process of story/character development, storyboarding, dialogue, engineering animatable sets, animation timing, layout, editing, and sound design. “DESIGN YOUR PLAN” Consult with Joe to manage expectations and set realistic goals for developing or amplifying a production environment for your site. Walk away with clarity about what is possible given your tech, staffing, and time constrains.

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Registration and Travel Information

Pricing for the 2-Day Workshop


Travel details will be sent to accepted and wait-listed attendees.