Animating History

A day-long workshop in film animation!

Who: Grades 4 – 12

What: Create a short animated historical film in a full day workshop with a professional animator and museum interpreter


To Register:  click on the venue of choice above.

Animating History is an innovative hands-on workshop that connects media literacy and storytelling through the creative exploration of BC history. During the workshop, youth create a 1-2 minute animated film retelling a piece of local history. Students work cooperatively with a professional animator and museum interpreter to experience BC history and the stop-motion animation process.

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
  • Acquire the basic tools and techniques for creating an animated film using cut-out animation
  • Understand the concept of historical fiction
  • Develop a better understanding of events in Vancouver history



Elementary school curriculum links

This workshop has several links to the school curriculum, helping students to develop skills in such areas as teamwork, communication, and cooperation. Activities include a museum visit, interviewing, storyboarding, and animation. Students develop skills in math, time management, storytelling, and historical research. Learning how to do animation integrates all areas of the curriculum, enabling students to apply their multiple intelligences to a project-based learning experience.

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies – Society and Culture; Language Arts – Oral and Visual Communication; Visual Arts; Technology

What teachers are saying

“Excellent – bringing history to life with names and stories – an enjoyable enriching program.”

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. Special thanks to MacStation for assistance with our equipment needs, and to Modo Car Sharing for getting us to our venues.