The Katonah Museum of Art’s exhibition "Ice Age to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios" (Sept. 16, 2012–Jan. 20, 2013) takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of digital animation with the artists of Blue Sky Studios, creators of Robots, the Ice Age movies, Horton Hears a Who!, and Rio.
 
This lively exhibition, along with Gallery Talks and Family Animation Day, explores the process of 3D animation through the eyes and achievements of a world-class creative team. The exhibition was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In addition to screening Robots, Rio, and Horton Hears a Who! as part of the weekend family films, the Jacob Burns Film Center is hosting many related workshops and programs for students, teachers, and volunteers, including a special event with Chris Wedge, a co-founder of Blue Sky Studios. 

The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) and Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) are proud to collaborate and celebrate Blue Sky Studios. We are pleased to allow members of one organization to receive member discounts at the other nonprofit (unless otherwise stated).
 

Thank you to the following funders for supporting the JBFC and KMA partnership.

Jon and Nancy Bauer
Gerald and Anita-Agnes O. Hassell
The Lubin Family Foundation
              Leslie and Yvonne Pollack
Arthur and Rebecca Samberg
Davide Swope

 

Events at the Jacob Burns Film Center

 FILM SCREENINGS

Robots
October 6 & 7
Noon. 
 
HORTON HEARS A WHO
October 13 & 14
Noon. 
RIo
October 20, 27 & 28
Noon. 
 

WORKSHOPS

The Sounds of Blue Sky Studios
Recreate the voice and sound effects of a scene from an animated Blue Sky film.
 
Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
$36 (JBFC members, Family level and above), $40 (nonmembers)
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Voice Acting
Learn from an Oscar-winning animator! Join Chris Wedge, Director of Ice Age, Robots, and the upcoming film Epic.
 
Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
$36 (JBFC members, Family level and above), $40 (nonmembers)  
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The Art of Storyboarding
Saturday, Dec. 1, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
$36 (JBFC members, Family level and above)
$40 (nonmembers)  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A Taste of animation
Together, a JBFC faculty member and a Blue Sky Studios artist will help students create short stop-motion animated films using
clay, paper, sand, and other materials. If you can imagine it, you can make it happen!
 
This class runs Saturdays, different weeks for different age groups.  
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Speaker Event
An Evening with Chris Wedge at the JBFC Theater

Chris Wedge is a co-founder and VP of Creative Development at Blue Sky Studios. His directing credits include Ice Age, Robots, and Epic (2013). Bunny, which he wrote and directed, won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. After presenting a selection of short films, Chris Wedge will talk about the art of animation. 

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:30pm
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Here and There Workshops (JBFC & KMA)

These daylong programs begin at the KMA, where students work with Blue Sky artists to develop their own stories and characters. After lunch, they take the train to the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab, where they bring their stories to life in original short media projects. Each workshop addresses a different aspect of animation creation.

10:00 am–12:00 at the KMA,
1:30–3:30 pm at the JBFC.
Participants must commit to the entire day. A KMA or JBFC staff member will accompany students on the train from Katonah to Pleasantville.
$63 (members), $70 (nonmembers).
Please bring lunch.

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Creature Creation
With the help of Ice Age: Continental Drift Art Director Nash Dunnigan, create your own characters with modeling clay, paper, and other materials, and then bring them to life in a stop-action sequence.
 
Saturday, Oct. 20
Grades 2–4
 
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Making Moves
With pencil, paper, and the expertise of Blue Sky Story Artist Jim Kammerud, create a storyboard sequence and then use stop-action techniques to animate the gestures and expressions.
 
Saturday, Nov. 17
Grades 9–12
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Designing Worlds
With Blue Sky Designer Jon Townley, design your set at the KMA, and then infuse it with life and light at JBFC’s Media Arts Lab.
 
Saturday, Dec. 8
Grades 6–8
 
 




 

Events at the Katonah Museum of Art

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Late-Night Preview Party
Tour the exhibition before its public opening! Enjoy catered food and the opportunity to meet Blue Sky animators and artists.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 9:00–11:00 pm
$30 (members), $40 (nonmembers)
Exhibition Opening
“Ice Age to the Digital Age” opens Gallery talk with Ice Age franchise Executive Producer
 
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2:00–5:00 pm
Lori Forte: 1:30. Docent tour: 2:30 pm.
Free.
Panel Discussion
Dreaming It Up: The Inspiration Behind the Animation
Discover the stories behind Rio and its lovable avian cast. Director Carlos Saldanha leads this panel discussion with Cinematographer Renato Falcão and Producers John Donkin and Bruce Anderson.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7:00 pm
$10 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
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Blue Sky Birds
Dr. Laurie Hess and Dr. Michelle Ravich from the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics, will bring live macaws to the museum, and talk about the birds’ life in the wild and ways their habitat is threatened.
 
Sunday, Nov. 18, 12:30 pm
All Ages • Free with Museum Admission
Family AnIMATION DAY
Stop-Motion Animation  
  12:00–5:00 pm
Flip Out!  
  12:00–5:00 pm
3D Computer Animation  
  12:00–5:00 pm
Creature Corner with Blue Sky   Story Artist Bill Frake.
  1:30 and 3:30 pm
 
Sunday, Oct. 14, 12:00–5:00 pm
$5 (member children age 3 years and up), $7 (nonmembers) 
Adults: Free (members), $7 (nonmembers)
Join the KMA at the door for FREE entry.
Target Picture Story Hour
Sept. 29 Ice Age: Continental Drift Art Director Nash Dunnigan will read George Shrinks by William Joyce.
 
Nov. 10 Ice Age Character Designer and author Peter de Sève will read The Duchess of Whimsy, written by his wife Randall de Sève.
 
Dec. 15 Ice Age, Robots, and Epic (2013) Director Chris Wedge will read The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce.

Saturdays, 10:30 am • FREE with Museum Admission
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Gallery Talks with Blue Sky Artists
Sept. 16 Story Development in Animation, with Ice Age Franchise Executive Producer Lori Forte.
Oct. 14 Gallery Talk, with Ice Age: Continental Drift Directors Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier.
Nov. 18 A-Z of Directing an Animated Film, with Chris Wedge, Director of Ice Age, Robots, and Epic (2013).
Dec. 2 Model-making for animated movies, with Blue Sky Studio’s Lead Sculptor Vicki Saulls.
Dec. 16 Set Design for Rio, with Art Director Tom Cardone.
Jan. 13 Lighting an animated movie, with Ice Age: Continental Drift
Lighting Supervisor Jeeyun Sung.
 
Sundays, 1:30 pm
FRE with Museum Admission
Gallery Tour
All Media Arts Lab students currently enrolled in a semester-long program are invited to a FREE private gallery tour and reception at the KMA!
 
Sunday, Nov. 4, 11:00 am
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