Summer Animation Camp!

AnimationStop-motion animation

There are countless ways to animate a story. The Summer Animation Camp will give you the opportunity to experiment with different forms of animation, including: cutout, clay, object, whiteboard and drawn animation, as well as pixilation.

You will be able to choose which medium best enhances your particular story, and work together in pairs, or as a team, to create a short film. At the end of the camp, there will be a film screening. Parents and friends are invited.

Who: Youth ages 12 and up

When: 9:00 AM-4:00 for 5 days: August 31 – September 4, 2015

Where:  VAFCS,  1607 East Hastings St, Room 004 (in the basement)

To register: please email and include your name and contact information  

Instructors: Weronika Stepien and Ewan Green

Weronika Stepien is a Polish-American interdisciplinary artist who graduated from Emily Carr University’s Film and Video + Integrated Media program in 2009. Her artwork incorporates different forms of visual story telling and experiments in shape and movement. Her work has been shown in Chicago, Amsterdam, Germany, Singapore, and Vancouver. She has been teaching animation to children and young adults since 2008.

Ewan Green is an animator and artist currently based in Scotland. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art where he received a first in Animation in the School of Design. As of July 2013 he has been working on an online series going under the working title, ‘Runaways,’ while teaching workshops for children and youth. Feel free to ask him about cartoons, as he is a massive nerd.

See some of the films kids made at one of our workshops.

This summer camp is presented with the generous support or the British Columbia Arts Council, with assistance from the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society.




R2R is pleased to partner with Cineworks in offering this Summer Workshop:

JULY 7-10 2014

A playful and engaging four-day workshop that invites local youth to explore analog filmmaking techniques and technologies. Using traditional 8mm cameras, students will create short collaborative films that focus on neighborhood and family stories. The results will be processed using eco-friendly ingredients and shared with the community at a free public screening. All supplies will be provided.  Limited to 12 participants, ages 11 to 19. FREE

WHEN: Monday, July 7 – Thursday, July 10
TIME: M/Tu/W/Th – 10AM – Noon
WHERE: Cineworks Annex 235 Alexander St.

Instructors Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo live and work in Los Angeles where they run the Echo Park Film Center. They travel the world, bringing handmade movies and music to the masses.


During a two-week intensive summer course, filmmakers Elisa Chee, Doreen Manuel, Jackson Crick, Kamala Todd, Cheyanna Kootenhayoo, Rupinder Sidhu, and Ying Wang mentored three immigrant-Canadian and two Aboriginal-Canadian youth. These five students took part in an intensive digital filmmaking course from August 8-19, 2011 at the Pull Focus Film School in Vancouver. Students were taken through the steps of making a digital film from story idea and shooting to post-production.

The goal was to build increased understanding and strengthened relations between Aboriginal and immigrant/non-Aboriginal communities. This initiative brought the lives and concerns of new immigrant and Aboriginal youth into focus, a groundbreaking collaboration that enabled both groups to learn from each other’s cultures. This project was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Special thanks to our community partner Cinevolution, and to the Vancouver Dialogues Project for providing craft services.