Estonian animation studio holds cartoon workshops for Estonian-American children

An Estonian animation studio is holding workshops in the United States for Estonian-American children who want to learn about creating animations.

The project is a brainchild of the Estonian animator, Kreeta Käeri, who has been building puppets and doing stop-motion animation since 2006.

“Animation speaks to everyone in a way that’s very accessible. Even the smallest child, who might not appreciate Estonian poetry or more traditional art, gets a special feeling watching animation,” she said in a statement.

The hands-on workshop takes place in Lakewood, NJ; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA. The tour officially ends on 4 June 2016.

Stop-motion animation involves moving an object a little at a time and photographing it repeatedly. When the images are merged, the objects seem to “come to life” and move of their own accord, the organisers said in a statement.

The project’s schedule is available on its website and Facebook page.

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Cover: a scene from an Estonian animation “Lisa Limone ja Maroc Orange” (2013).

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