2016 Calibraska

This summer marks the forth year for the “Calibraska Arts Initiative” Art and Animation classes.  Classes will be held at the Harms Center for Technology on the WNCC campus and at the Midwest Theater.


2016 Calibraska Promo from Erica Larsen-Dockray on Vimeo.
Calibraska is the brain-child of teaching artist and CalArts adjunct professor Erica Larsen-Dockray (Scottsbluff/Mitchell, NE native), Monique Larsen of Inventive Media and WNCC Business & Community Education, and Billy Estes of the Historic Midwest Theater.  Calibraska’s purpose is to cross-pollinate Western Nebraska flavor with California flair by inviting California students, alumni, and faculty to teach classes in their metier while enveloped in the inspiring landscape of Nebraska and to give Western Nebraska natives access to working professionals, concepts and technical programs used in the animation and art industry.

“My journey from Mitchell, NE to being a teaching artist and professor of animation in L.A. was long because it was so foreign to my family and myself.   With Calibraska, I want to pay it forward for my home town by allowing others a chance to connect with the larger animation and art world.  Likewise, it was an obvious choice to continue my teaching and art practice while enjoying an extended stay with my family.   Bringing co-teachers Tempe Hale and Ben Carow last year too it all to a whole new amazing level.  They instantly fell in love with Nebraska…seeing their reactions and the reactions of our students told me I’m definitely on to something here.”

Tempe Hale, who previously taught in the animation classes, recounts her experience of coming to Nebraska for the first time last summer, “As a Southern Californian, I had no idea what to expect coming to Western Nebraska for the first time. I found a community of students excited to learn and experiment with animation. Where else can I teach a class how to animate on celluloid film, watch it projected at the beautiful Midwest Theater, and then learn how to rake a field of hay on my day off? I can’t wait to see what this summer holds in store!”

Diego Larsen, from Mitchell NE has attended the Calibraska workshops since its first year in 2012 when asked about his experience last year he said, “The teachers really let us be creative and I learned a lot about animation. It was awesome to see my stuff on the big screen!”

Calibraska – www.calibraska.org, www.facebook.com/calibraskaarts


To see work from the previous years please visit the Calibraska Vimeo Channel:


To Register:


or Call WNCC Business & Community Education


Please consider making a small donation so these classes can continue and grow.
You can do so by visiting : http://www.wncc.edu/wncc-foundation/giving-opportunities and designating “CALIBRASKA” in the Tribute section of the form.




July 11-21, MONDAY-THURSDAYS 10am-12noon
(may register for one week or two)
Instructors: CalArts Animation Program Alumni & Faculty
Ages 7 and up (Multi-gen; younger students allowed with a paying parent/guardian)
Cost: $20 per week
Location: WNCC Harms Center
Openings: 15 Students

Play rules in the Animation Playground! This class is two weeks where students will learn a new animation technique every class followed by “play time” to explore how each medium can be manipulated on the frame by frame level. Week one will consist of optical toys, paper cutouts, and sand. Week two covers clay, erasure, pixilation, and film reel animation. We will cover basic to intermediate concepts of animation so students leave with the understanding of how to make something look “alive”. Students can sign up for any one of the two weeks or both. Mad Scientists are always welcome!

ANIMATION 2.0 CAMP July 11-21 (possible extension to July 28th)
Ages 9 and up (Multi-gen)
Cost: $40
Location: WNCC Harms Center
Openings: 15 Students (Calibraska Animation 1.0 or 2.0 Prerequisite)

This class is designed for returning Calibraska animators who are interested in going deeper in their learning of animation. We will cover film development, animation exercises to sharpen our animator skills and learn various ways of bringing your creations to life from the pros!

CALARTS ANIMATION + FILM CLUB – Fridays 2pm-4pm, July 8th, 15th, 22nd
Age: All Ages
Cost: $10
Openings: 50 Students
Instructors: CalArts Alumni & Faculty
Location: Midwest Theater

A very special opportunity to see the latest works coming from the world famous California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and Q&A’s with selected animators and filmmakers plus lectures on subjects surrounding the film and animation industry!

LOOPERS CLUB – Wednesdays 6pm-8pm, July 13, 20, 27
Ages 18yrs and up (adult)
Cost: $30
Openings: 30 Students
Instructors: CalArts Animation Program Alumni & Faculty
Location: WNCC Harms Center

Together we will scratch, paint, bleach, etc on film, play with light animation, and pixilation, learning along the way about how animation “works” and the various ways we can trick the viewer. We will incorporate techniques explored from the birth of cinema to modern day. No artistic talent necessary. Sure to be a fun way to spend a Monday night!

To Register: visit wncc.edu/bce
or Call WNCC Business & Community Education