Paper horse puppet

Character Creator Animation Workshop

In this fun and exciting class with artist and animator Gabriella Melchiorri, students will turn a character they create into a short animated film! Each student will dream up a character and make a series of sketches along with a narrative backstory. They'll turn their character into a moving-parts paper puppet which will become the star of a stop-motion animated mini-masterpiece! Students will work with a variety of materials to bring their characters to life, and the final product will be delivered in an electronic file to every student for them to keep and will be shared on the Center's website and social media platforms.

Ages 8-14. All levels of artistic skill welcome!



Gabriella Melchiorri is a rising senior at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and has taught art at Highfield Hall & Gardens for the past four years. She has exhibited her paintings at Art Fusion Galleries in Miami Florida which is one of the largest international art galleries in the United States at the age of sixteen. Gabriella was also selected to show her animation at the Museum of Fine Arts Media Arts Annual this year. With her extensive background in painting, Gabriella enjoys creating works that reflect her love of nature and of the abstract. Gabriella has interned at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston where she created studio projects that revolved around the Museum’s collection for all ages. She is hopeful to continue working in art museums once she graduates in 2020.

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible. If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend. Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org.