BALTIMORE TRANSFORMATIONS: COLLAGE ANIMATION  
Ages 16-29 (this workshop is fully enrolled)
Saturdays, June 1-July 13, 1:30-5:30, JHU-MICA Film Centre (map)

In this experimental animation workshop, student fellows will use exquisite corpse techniques to deconstruct and reimagine their environment and its inhabitants (exquisite corpse samples). Inspired by the work of multimedia artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn (sample work), and working with original and archival photographic images, hand-drawn images, and other paper materials, they’ll assemble, disassemble, and reassemble representations of Baltimore faces, buildings, and neighborhoods, creating short animations of their collage “transformations.” They’ll record voiceovers and experimental soundscapes to accompany their visuals. Animations may be grounded in either narrative or lyrical progressions, and might explore personal or sociopolitical concerns, addressing changes in self or city, whether positive or negative. Fellows will learn the basics of digital photography, create stop motion animations with Dragonframe software, record original audio with Adobe Audition, and pull everything together using Adobe Premiere Pro. Final projects will be shared on the program website, with selections shown at a final screening. Limited to 12 student fellows.

Somer Greer is a poet and photographer who, since moving from Florida, is happy to call Baltimore home. He teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University, and pursues photography all over the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. He is thrilled to help make Baltimore stronger through art.

Yiran (Eva) Guo is a freelance illustrator and animator originally from the plains of northern China. She is a graduate of the MFA program in Illustration Practice at Maryland Institute College of Art, and in her time in the States, has created award-winning window displays, GIFs, animations, and illustrations. 

Alfonzer Harvin has a B.A. in Computer Animation from Morgan State University and is skilled in all phases of production.  He believes knowledge is power.