Artist Spotlight: Kathleen Scott

Scott_The West 1_WBKathleen Scott is our last but definitely not least artist spotlight for the “Re: Visioning the West” exhibition this summer.  Her piece which will be included in our exhibition is entitled The West and is a stop-motion animation composed of manipulated paper, plastic, and fabric. The West follows the story of a hawk and a grackle, each of which has either been left behind by their peers or has been alone the whole time.  The short is set to haunting and folksy music, which the artist composed and performed herself, utilizing instruments such as the guitar, ukulele, and concertina.  The short film effectively addresses the, “beauty, vastness…[and] the inherent loneliness” the artist feels the western part of our country evokes.  

Scott will be leading a workshop on how to create stop-motion animations on the final day of the summer exhibition which is Saturday, August 22nd from 12-2pm in the UAG.  In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to create a short animation of their own while learning basic skills and techniques in the medium of stop-motion. Working in groups or on their own, students would create animations and will be led through setting up, sequencing, rendering, editing, and sound of a short piece. Simple software tips and options will also be discussed. Those who would like to simply observe the process are welcome as well.  Scott will introduce a variety of approaches, and will make a short animation start to finish, and will provide an in depth handout so students can follow along and have a reference for later.

Space is limited, so if you would like to attend, you will need to RSVP by visiting our Eventbrite event page here.

This fantastic opportunity is free and open to the public!

For those of you who have signed up, below is the list of items you will need to bring with you to the workshop:


Beforehand, please decide if you’d like to make a 2D or 3D style animation and the kind of materials you’d like to use.

Drawing or 2D Style Animation

  • A fairly large drawing (22″ x 30″ is a good bet) lightly drawn.
  • Drawing supplies, such as ink, dark graphite or pastels


  • A collage with various pieces not adhered to the surface of the paper. This would work best flat on a table, so a copy stand may be required.

(For inspiration, check out the work of artist, William Kentridge (art21 on has a nice segment on him), who makes animations from charcoal drawings.)



3D Style Animation

  • The objects that will be the “characters” of your animation (these can be whatever you’d like–legos, action figures, coffee cups, pieces of clay (if you’re interested in claymation), anything!
  • A set for your objects to inhabit (the background is most important)

(Sources of inspiration: movies such as Coraline, Wallace and Gromit, some old monster movies, etc…)


All animators or groups of animators will need

  • Digital Camera
  • SD card with plenty of room
  • Tripod
  • Clamp lights (optional)
  • Laptop (optional)
  • External hard drive (optional)


If you’re looking for simple stop-motion software, check out iStopMotion, which is about $50 to download (seems to be Mac only). Dragonframe is another good option, but it much more expensive. These are just suggestions for those who feel they really want to pursue stop-motion in the future, and are completely optional for the workshop.

For more information on Scott and her art, you can visit her website here!