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How to Do Stop Motion Animation with Joe Vena

Learn about Joe Vena of NYC's Children's Museum of the Arts, one of Howcast's stop motion animation experts, in this video.


Hi, my name is Joe Vena. I'm the creative director of the Children's Museum of the Arts Media Lab and I've been with the museum for almost ten years now. I teach stop motion animation and clay sculpture at our clay bar and I love it. Something I love about teaching stop motion animation is that it's this very, very basic simple approach, but there's so much you can do with it.

The CMA media lab started years ago through one stop motion animation class and from there, the department has been built up to include not just stop motion animation, but sound recording and pod casting and music production, live film making and we're just starting to get our feet wet with 3D printing. The media lab is really about story telling. We like to say technical collaborative story telling.

What that means is that our teaching artists are guiding younger artists in sort of, a collaborative story telling process where they employ sculpture and photography techniques, illustration, performance and music to create some larger film or collaborative piece that can then be shared our website and our blog with friends and family all over the world.

If you'd like to know more about Children's Museum of the Arts and the media lab, please check us out at You can also go to You can see some of the films made by our young artists, some of the wonderful artwork created in our studios. You should also come to the museum and visit us. See our gallery, our fine arts studio.

We have an amazing early childhood center, and please come to the clay bar where you may find me. That's where I love to be, behind the bar guiding young artists and older artists in sculpture techniques. So, come and see us. I look forward to seeing you soon. Let's tell some stories. Let's make some art.

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