MARQUETTE - An informational open house for a new animation program for kids will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at U.P. Children's Museum, Marquette.
Wow Animation, a new program for children in kindergarten through 12th-grade, is accepting registrations for its first class April 22. After school and during school breaks, children, and even members of their families, will be able to learn different animation techniques and create their own short animated videos.
Masha Kakhova, a former animator and creative director, is one of the coordinators of Wow Animation. Denise Owens, who studied animation and worked on the "Robot Chicken" TV show in Los Angeles, is the studio manager of the program.
The first class, cutout puppet animation, will run from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays for seven weeks April 22 and June 5. The classes for children ages 6 to 8. The class for children ages 9 and up will be 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays.
The classes are $80 per student, which includes a $15 materials fee. There will also be animation station open hours for pre-schoolers and home schoolers is 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays in three one-hour slots for $15 per hour. Space for open hours needs to be reserved by the previous Friday.