Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Animation Institute

Summer animation Institute

Program Dates: July 19 - 25, 2020
Grades: Rising 8th - Rising 12th


The Summer Animation Institute explores the relationship between storytelling and animation. Students will take daily workshops where they will participate in discussions about storytelling and animation techniques. These discussions will be applied as students experiment with animation processes. Students will leave the intensive with an animation sample that will express their artistic style and serve as a jumping off point for larger productions. Previous experience is welcomed, but not required.


Matthew C. Seifert is a media maker and educator. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in film studies and anthropology from Rhode Island College. He has achieved his Master of Fine arts in Film and Visual Media Arts from Emerson College. With a background in narrative media and a passion for interactive media, Matthew strives to explore new avenues for presenting film and interactive media. During his Graduate career, Matthew developed his skills in interactive media and game design. He is excited to work in academia, teaching new generations of students about interactive media and game design. Matthew has displayed work on the Paramount Urban Arts Screen, projected work into the Urban Art Gallery windows, participated in the Digital Immersion Exhibition at the Huret & Spector Gallery at Emerson College. His most recent project and MFA Thesis, Under Maintenance, was accepted into the 2018 Boston Festival of Independent Games.

Jason Cheeseman-Meyer is a painter, storyboard artist and illustrator.  He has worked on animated shows for the BBC, storybooks for Hasbro, and many other commercial projects.  He has created licensed art for Spider-Man, Transformers, and Star Wars, among others.  He is also the author of the how-to-draw book "Vanishing Point" which has sold more than 30,000 copies.