MA – Howard Pyle as Picturemaker

Illustrator James Gurney speaks at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Thursday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Master of narrative art and creator of the Dinotopia book series, James Gurney explores Howard Pyle’s methods and philosophies, including his approach to visual storytelling, principles of composition, and use of models. $16 or with Museum admission, members $10.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Careers in Animation

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Brian Anderson, William Frake III, Sabine Heller, Aditi Kapoor, and Antelmo Villarreal appear on Saturday, October 22, 1 to 4 p.m.

Thinking of a career in animation? Enjoy this inside look at animation today with the talented artists of Blue Sky Studios, creators of such acclaimed feature length films as Robots, Ice Age, Rio, and more. Outstanding professionals will discuss the narrative, artistic, and technical skills that make 21st century animation possible, and explore the range of opportunities available to aspiring creators. Talks and exhibition tours will provide a rare chance to connect with an accomplished team of artists working in diverse aspects of the field. Representatives from The Fashion Institute of Technology, Hartford Art School, Springfield College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst will also be on hand to discuss college animation programs for interested students. Free with Museum admission.

Blue Sky Studios animators scheduled to appear:

Brian Anderson, rigging
William Frake III, story and layout artist
Sabine Heller, character technical director
Aditi Kapoor, materials technical director
Antelmo Villarreal, assembly technical director
Blue Sky Studios website: www.blueskystudios.com

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Rio Festival Day

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Meet animation director Carlos Saldanha on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 1 p.m. He will share a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of Rio, the acclaimed feature length film that has received rave reviews since its worldwide release this spring. Set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the film traces the adventures of Blu, a domesticated blue macaw, and reflects the color, beauty and excitement of Saldanha’s native city. This lively look at the complex process of creating a 3D animated film is sure to delight! Carlos Saldanha is also the director of Robots and the beloved Ice Age series. Art activities and a reception with the director will follow. Free with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Blue Sky Lecture

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Animation Artist William H. Frake III appears on Thursday, July 21, 5:30

Join us for an engaging evening of conversation with William H. Frake III, an innovative artist who will create drawings on the spot as he shares stories of his extraordinary career in animation—from the art of the traditional cel to the digital world.

During his outstanding career, William H. Frake III has worked as a layout and story artist on many animation projects for television and feature length films. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Cabbage Patch Kids, Scooby Doo Meets the Boo Brothers, Pound Puppies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Muppet Babies, Hercules, Pocahontas, the Ice Age series, Robots, Horton Hears a Who!, and Rio, are among his many credits.

The evening talk is presented as part of the Museum’s “Blue Sky & Beyond” summer program series, that celebrates the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers. These visionaries combine artistry and technology to create compelling new realities.

A reception with the artist will follow the program. Free for members, or with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Blue Sky & Beyond Lecture

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Art Director Thomas Cardone speaks on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 5:30 p.m!

Learn about the art of visual storytelling with Blue Sky Studios’ Art Director Thomas Cardone! With credits ranging from Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast to Ice Age: The Meltdown and Rio, Cardone may seem high-tech, but he speaks passionately about timeless craftsmanship. Discover what it takes it create the overall look and feel for some of your favorite animated films.

About Thomas Cardone

A gifted painter and draughtsman, Thomas Cardone has been working in animation and special effects for more than twenty years. Before art directing Rio, Horton Hears a Who!, and Ice Age: The Meltdown for Blue Sky Studios, he created imagery for many other films, including The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Prince and the Pauper, Pocahontas, Hercules, and The Emperor’s New Grove, among many others. Cardone is also an outstanding plein air painter who creates luminous artworks inspired by the waterfront of eastern Long Island.

The evening talk is presented as part of the Museum’s “Blue Sky & Beyond” summer program series, that celebrates the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers. These visionaries combine artistry and technology to create compelling new realities.

A reception with the artist will follow the program. Free for members, or with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Blue Skies Family Day

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Nick Bruno, Scott Carroll, Paul Downs, and Peter Paquette on Saturday, July 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet The Lost Boys?four talented artists from Blue Sky Studios?during this exciting look at the process of digital animation for feature length films. Nick Bruno, Scott Carroll, Paul Downs, and Peter Paquette will offer insights into how beloved characters from Robots, Ice Age, and Rio are brought to life. Family exhibition tours, hands-on workshops, and the opening of Robot Nation, a special outdoor exhibition, will delight visitors of all ages. Free with Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Imagining the Stars Lecture

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Peter de Sève appears on Thursday, July 7th at  5:30 p.m.

Multi-talented Peter de Sève designs characters for animated films and illustrates for major magazines, including The New Yorker, Time, and Newsweek. Learn how he brings beloved animated characters like Manny, Diego, Sid, and Scrat to life.

The talk is free with Museum admission and presented as part of the Museum’s Blue Sky & Beyond summer program series, being held Thursday evenings in July and August. Join us for this series of inspiring conversations celebrating the art of visual storytelling and the contributions of noted American illustrators and filmmakers, who bring artistry and technology together to create compelling new realities. 

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Play Ball Art Festival

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Mark Chiarello, Art Director of DC Comics, opens an exhibition of his painitings on Saturday July 2nd.

Press Release:

Celebrate America’s favorite pastime and the art of Norman Rockwell. Bring your mitt and enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly activities, held both inside and out!

12:30 p.m.: Kori Alston presents Baseball Poetry, including Casey at the Bat and an original poem written especially for the day.

1 p.m.: Jane Shauck, photographer of the New York Mets

1:30 p.m.: Mark Chiarello, watercolor painter of Negro League players

2 p.m.: Baseball Hall of Fame educator Larry Moore presents an overview of the history of the Negro Leagues

2:30 p.m.: meet James Overmyer, author of Queen of the Negro Leagues: Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles

3 to 4 p.m.: children may pick up a FREE souvenir Louisville Slugger mini-bat while supplies last. Bats donated courtesy of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Louisville, Kentucky

ongoing: Jane Shauck and Mark Chiarello exhibitions; design your own baseball card; play catch with the Pittsfield Colonials; book signing: A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB and the Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve with author Douglas Gladstone.

Program free with regular Museum admission.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – ICE/HOT Exhibition

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Join the Norman Rockwell Museum for a special evening to preview this summer’s hottest exhibition “Ice Age to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios” and celebrate award-winning artist and Blue Sky Studios character designer Peter de Sève on Friday, June 10, 6:00  to 9:30 p.m.

The evening will include a cocktail buffet, raw bar, winetasting, private preview tour with Peter de Sève, music, champagne and dessert. On the lawn at historic Linwood House, located on the scenic grounds at Norman Rockwell Museum.

Limited tickets available. Ticket prices start at $125 and table sponsorship are available — call 413.298.4100, ext. 230 for more details and to make reservations.

In addition to his work in animation, Peter de Sève’s elegant drawings grace the covers and pages of The New Yorker, and appear in many illustrated books, including Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery, and A Marriage;” The Duchess of Whimsy by Randall de Sève; Fin McCoul by Brian Gleeson, among others.

All proceeds from this event support Norman Rockwell Museum.  Additional support provided by Winetasting.com

Exhibition Opening Celebration
Saturday, June 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
Animazing opening night with the stars!

Commentary at 6:30 p.m. by award-winning illustrator and Ice Age character designer Peter de Sève.

Celebrate the art of animation with a first-ever look behind the scenes at the world of digital animation at Blue Sky Studios, where cutting-edge creativity and technique brings imaginative characters and stories to life. Meet members of the Blue Sky creative team.

A festive reception and party will follow (think Hollywood premiere crossed with a Berkshire-style family picnic!).

Tickets– Members: $20 per person, or $50 per family*. Non-members: $30 per person, or $75 per family*. *Family:maximum 2 adults and 3 children under 12.

Reserve tickets by: Email: events@nrm.org , call 413-931-2221, by mail– send your check payable to Norman Rockwell Museum, PO Box 308, Stockbridge, MA 01262

Blue Sky Studios specializes in photo-realistic, high resolution, computer generated animation and rendering. Critically acclaimed for their animated films Ice Age and its popular sequels, Robots, and Rio, as well as special effects and animation work for TRON, Alien Resurrection, Star Trek: Insurrection, Joe’s Apartment and numerous others. Rarely-seen conceptual drawings, character illustrations and expression sheets, 3D models, story boards, and background paintings illuminate the years of development behind the films. Visit the exhibition webpage!

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

MA – Birthday Signing

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Take an inside look at Jerry Pinkney’s creative and technical process on the artist’s birthday with curator Stephanie Plunkett, who will offer insights into his fifty-year career. Treats will follow! Free with Museum admission.

Wednesday, December 22
2:30pm

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

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