[July 1- July 12]『 ClayMation Film': 3D Characters Design + Stop-Motion Animation』 (Onsite 2-Weeks)

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Group One: 3rd~7th graders (8~12y) / 15 campers

Group Two: Ages 8th~12th graders (13~17y) / 15 campers

Camp Hours

Monday - Friday / 9:00am - 2:00pm (5H)

Camp Location

McKinley Elementary School in Burlingame

Camp Description

Everyone loves good animation and the stories that are told through the artform. In today’s digital world the tools and skills to tell our stories are more accessible than ever. Our 3D Clay Characters Design + Stop-Motion Animation camp prepares students with the skills they will need to bring their own visions to life, in a fun and creative design environment.  

Whether campers are interested in Art, Stage/Character Design, Creative Storytelling or just curious about how Stop-Motion animation works - our camps are perfect for students to get real hands-on experience in the production process of a stop-motion animated film. Our project-based learning style splits the production process into two weeks. During week one campers begin by brainstorming their character and stage design, followed by the actual artmaking process to create their characters, set, accessories, and props for shooting. In week two campers will deep dive into their script and learn video shooting/editing techniques for stop motion in order to create their final film. On Friday, we will host a viewing party and award ceremony to showcase everyone's films. Instructors and assistants will get our campers ready for a fun, instructional, and impactful week.

At Clay House Art- all of our camps empower students to become CREATORS rather than just CONSUMERS of media, art, and culture.

Campers receive a Take-Home Cell Phone Tripod and a Take-Home model-toy display case by registering today.

Camp Information

Please bring your own device with "Stop Motion Studio" App installed


Week 1: Into to Clay Stop-Motion & Air-dry Clay Modeling

  • Project-based learning (PBL)
  • Character Design
  • Stage Design
  • Accessories and Prop Design
  • Air-dry Clay Artmaking

Campers will start out learning the fundamentals of Character and Stage Design, using air-dry clay and mix-media to create their favorite characters with a matching stage theme. They will build up their clay hand modeling techniques first, then transition to developing their creative character design skills.

After making their characters, students will start designing a stage using mix-media and cardboard, to set the scene for their imaginative clay stop-motion animation story. Any accessories and props that are needed for thier films to come to life will also be made using air-dry clay and mixed media.

Campers will be introduced to the stop-motion animation process and by the end of the week, students will have a series of clay characters, a 3D mix-media stage, accessories and props, and complete drawn drafts of their story ideas-ready to be filmed the following week.

What Campers Learn

  • Different ways that animation films are made
  • The process of how to film a Clay StopMotion animation
  • Characters drawing techniques
  • Air-dry clay characters making techniques
  • The key elements of Stage Design
  • What makes a compelling story

What Campers Create

  • A set of clay sculptures of Minecraft or Pokemon characters
  • A complete draft of clay stop-motion story
  • A 3D Stage theme with mix-media
  • Accessories and props used for their film


Week 2: 3D Clay Characters Design & Stop-Motion Animation Making

  • Design Thinking
  • Storytelling
  • Editing and Sound
  • Stop-Motion Video making
  • Public speech training
  • Viewing Party and Award Ceremony

In the second week, campers will learn about the design thinking process (Empathize - Define - Ideate - Prototype - Test) and how it applies to video production. Using their drafts from week one, campers will direct and plan each scene of their video and work with Clay House Art’s instructors to create props for their shoots.

Campers will use an app-based animation software to create their films and will learn the principles of movement, timing, and how different techniques elicit emotions.

During the filming process, campers will have an opportunity to show their voice-acting talents as we introduce them to soundboards and voice editing techniques that can enhance their productions.

At the end of the two weeks, campers will have brought everything they have learned together into making their imaginative Claymation video.

We will end the week with a viewing party where each camper will introduce their videos with Clay House Art giving each video being presented an scar style award.

What Campers Learn

  • How to use Stop-Motion app to create a video
  • Design Thinking process (Empathize - Define - Ideate - Prototype - Test)
  • How to edit video and use soundboards to achieve their vision
  • Problem Solving Skills Training (PSST)
  • Art Critique (Public speech training)

What Campers Create

  • Artist Statement
  • One Clay Stop-Motion video (video delivered via email after camp)

2-week Camp Fee

$1,500 (Early Bird: $1,450 Before 3/31,2024)

Tuition Includes:

  • 2-weeks of Instructions
  • 2-weeks of Materials
  • Friday Ice cream Day
  • Certificate of completion
  • A Take-Home Cell Phone Tripod
  • A Take-Home model-toys display case

Please pack a lunch daily!

Camp Daily Schedule:

*Snack Breaks taken at instructor’s discretion. (Depends on each student’s art-making progress)


Returns Policy

You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the 'Complete Orders' link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.

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Summer Camp

Tuition and Refund Policy

Camp Fee includes all materials and instruction. Registration fee of $50 is included in the tuition and is non-fundable. Multi-week/sibling discounts are available

Cancellations before 4/1 will be refunded back 90%

Cancellations before 5/1 will be refunded back 75%

Cancellations before 6/1 will be refunded back 50%

 No refunds will be given after June

If Federal, State, or Local government imposes a shelter in place order that limits the ability for camps to run, campers will receive a prorated refund less the registration fee for each camp. No credit will be given for missed days including for Covid-19 related illness.

Cancellation Policy
Clay House Art reserves the right to cancel any class for any reason. Students enrolled in a class, which is canceled, will be notified by phone or email. Students enrolled in a canceled class will be offered a class credit or refund for the class.

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