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October 19, 2021 8:15–10:15 pm
RUBENSTEIN ARTS CENTER, COMPUTER LAB, 234
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Introduction to Stop Motion

Taught by Moriah LeFebvre

About the Workshop

In this workshop with Durham-based artist, Moriah LeFebvre, participants will learn to bring inanimate objects to life through the techniques of stop motion animation. A cinematographic technique that dates back to 1898, this workshop will teach the skills necessary to explore this medium on your own!

Please Note: Premiere must be installed prior to this workshop. Duke students can download the software for free under the Adobe Creative Cloud link here. Faculty and staff can download a free trial of the software here.

About the Instructor

Moriah LeFebvre is a mixed media artist who lives and works in her hometown of Durham. Moriah utilizes a range of media to explore various themes, including transience, identity, interpersonal connection, and home. Her artistic process often involves layering acrylic paint and a variety of materials to create a rich sense of texture and raised relief. In the case of her ongoing series, “Hometown (Inherited)” (2014-present), she explores the changing landscape of Durham through photographs that she has shot, printed in fragments, collaged in layers, and painted.

A recipient of a 2015 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Award and 2019 David and Elizabeth Roderick Scholarship Award, LeFebvre explores how visual media can be used as a site for historical memory. As the 2020-2021 Kenan Graduate Arts Fellow, LeFebvre spent a year illuminating the struggles and the resilience of the substance-abuse recovery community during COVID-19 through a series of ink drawings and cyanotype prints which pair words from text messages with imagery. While earning her MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke, Moriah expanded her ability to tell powerful stories through blending analog approaches and experimental media. In her thesis film, by & by, Moriah LeFebvre utilized handanimation techniques to juxtapose the story of her great-grandmother’s twin boys, whose lives were lost to eclampsia in China in 1919, with that of her own twin boys, who survived the same fate a century later in the United States.

As an instructor at institutions ranging from the Durham Arts Council to Durham Technical Community College, Moriah loves to serve as an intermediary between people and art, sharing with others the passion for the thing she loves most.

About the Location

This workshop meets in the computer lab (Room 234) of the Rubenstein Arts Center.

Address:
Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC, 27705

About DukeCreate

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are typically held weeknights 6-8pm.

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance. Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available. Walk-ins will only be accommodated on a space-available basis.

DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).