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UW-Stout students bring kids’ monster drawings to life

Jasmine Ferrell

Hooky the monster was created by Marya and animated by UW-Stout student Kayla Nyre
Hooky the monster was created by Marya and animated by UW-Stout student Kayla Nyre

Recently, a Stout classroom in their Child and Family Study Center was overrun with monsters. Monsters that were running, flying, and shooting lizards out of their arms like it was nothing unusual. I suppose one should mention that all the monsters were 3D animations on a screen.

-Stout student Megan Richardson works with Eleanor during the brainstorming session.
-Stout student Megan Richardson works with Eleanor during the brainstorming session.

A new Stout project has partnered 4th grade students with college students taking an intermediate 3D animation class. The 15 animation students were told that they’d be working with a client one-on-one, but it wasn’t until they met the 4- to 5-year-olds that they understood the true nature of their assignment.

Each 4th grader conjured up a monster and drew a picture to give to their college partner as reference. Details of diet, voice, habits and other personality quirks were discussed before the animated students got to work bringing the monster to life. After a month, the college students were able to present the finished video product to their clients –  along with a poster of their monster to take home.  

Perhaps it wasn’t the usual collaboration, but it was certainly a win-win all around, even for the monsters. Check out the results!

UW-Stout student Eric Seidl shows Aiden how to use a tablet software device to make adjustments to Aiden’s monster, Goopy.
UW-Stout student Eric Seidl shows Aiden how to use a tablet software device to make adjustments to Aiden’s monster, Goopy.
Lasker Jewelers
Lasker Jewelers

Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

Chippewa Valley Technical College

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.