Since the early 1970s, Morse has taught beginning animation to students of all ages. An artist-in-residence for four years with the South Carolina Arts Commission, she led animation workshops at the Sinking Creek Film Festival for nearly two decades. Her Move-Click-Move DVD is used by many workshops and schools to introduce students to independent animation.
Deanna Morse has led hundreds of animation workshops for children and adults. To propose a project, contact Deanna at
Flags celebrates the connection between Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA and our five sister cities: Ga District (Ghana), Omihachiman (Japan), Perugia (Italy), Bielsko-Biala (Poland) and Zapopan (Mexico).
Workshop leaders Deanna Morse and Gretchen Vinnedge led a unique collaborative international animation project where young people around the world reconsidered what is meaningful about the Olympic Games, and created animations with fresh ideas for a new Olympics. Best Animation, Festival of the Arts, 2008.
...a youth workshop where children aged 6-8 created free flowing animations. As part of the AWG (Animation Workshop Group) of ASIFA, their film premiered at the Annecy, France and Hiroshima International Animation Festivals (Japan) in 2010. Workshop leaders: Deanna Morse and Gretchen Vinnedge.
Puppet Magicians
Slow/Fast: Sporo/Brzo
Deanna Morse traveled to Croatia to teach students (ages 9-14) animation at the 16th International Animated Film Workshop, SAF, Cacovec, Croatia
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Imagining Olympics
Sounds of Animation
Flags Metamorphoses: Sister Cities
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In Michigan, Melissa Bouwman and Deanna Morse co-taught a workshop, using Flash. Our group interpreted the music as: scary things happen, they flee, and then things get resolved. Premiered at the 2006 Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Japan, and the 2007 Cinanima International Animation Festival, Portugal.
Screened at Cinanima in Portugal, Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan, the Kids for Kids Film Festival in Montreal, and Kecskemet Animation Film Festival in Hungary. It was also screened in China before the 2008 Olympic games.
Created as the first exercise in Animation I class at Grand Valley State University, Deanna Morse, instructor, and Kari Smith, Teaching Assistant. It is part of the participatory art project: Flags Metamorphoses, organized by Myriam Thyes.
In 2006 and 2007, as a project of the ASIFA Animation Workshop Group (AWG), hundreds of young people around the globe were given a richly layered soundtrack by award winning composer Normand Roger. Each group interpreted their portion of the track with the visual tools from their own culture. Over 25 workshops in more than a dozen countries participated in this global animation project.
Each year, since 2008, we have offered workshops for children in collaboration with the Education division of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. For 2013, we participated in the Colours/Colors international AWG project - celebrating the color Yellow! Previous years included Sculpture Garden, where students were inspired by contemporary artists. They researched an artist, then created and animated their own sculpture, inspired by that artwork. In our Get Up and Move! workshop, we included spontaneous dance as a counterpoint to the sedentary process of cut-out animation.
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