Epcot Festival of the Arts Workshops & Seminars

 

Over the course of the Epcot Festival of the Arts, Guests will be able to sign up for and participate in an abundance of interactive workshops and seminars. These Epcot Festival of the Arts workshops and seminars will teach Guests a variety of different skills that range anywhere from calligraphy, to flower arranging, to card making, to cake decorating.

Seminars Workshops

2019 Epcot Festival of the Arts Seminars

Expand creative horizons or take existing talents to the next level at these informative events. Learn from accomplished Disney artists, experts and Cast Members as they impart their professional expertise during a series of complimentary seminars. Each daily, half-hour session gives Festival Guests a unique opportunity to gain an enhanced skillset or new understanding of various artistic techniques—from floral crown creation and upcycled props to painting, photography and other interesting topics.

Friday, January 18

One Little Spark: Finding the Figment Inside of YOU!

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Jason “Tiki” Tackett, Digital Artist and Walt Disney World Resort Cast Member
See how daily sparks of imagination can create connections to life’s most magical moments in the form of your very own “figments.”

Saturday, January 19

Travels with Walt Disney: A Photographic Journey Around the World

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Jeff Kurtti, Author and Disney Historian
Join the author as he discusses his new book, which features rare and never-before-published photographs along with eyewitness recollections and anecdotes detailing Walt’s frequent excursions around the globe.

Sunday, January 20

The Art of Disney Merchandise

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Fabiola Garza and Richard Terpstra, Walt Disney Imagineering Merchandise
Get a firsthand look at how character artists and designers collaborate to create magical merchandise for Disney Parks.

Monday, January 21

Photography 101: Shooting Spectacular Fireworks

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Jeff Nickel, Disney Photo Imaging
Glean tips and tricks on capturing the sparkles and splendor of fireworks—plus get recommendations on gear required to take shots with a bang!

Tuesday, January 22

The Art of Pixelating

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Lori Mangione, Silly Rabbit Crafts
Observe how plastic craft beads are used to create complete pieces of art with a nostalgic 8-bit twist!

Wednesday, January 23

Fundamentals of the Art of Audio-Animatronics Animation

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Doug Griffith, Walt Disney Imagineer
Get a behind-the-scenes look at making Disney’s Audio-Animatronics figures come to life.

Thursday, January 24

The Art of Cosmetology Presented by Guerlain

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Guerlain Ambassadors
Put your best face forward with a crash course in the latest cosmetology, skin care and fragrance trends as well as classic and up-to-the-minute application techniques.

Friday, January 25

Eat Like Walt

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Marcy Smothers, Author of Eat Like Walt
Learn the art of entertaining and hosting a vintage Disneyland dinner party—from Disney home and family-table traditions to incorporating menus from Walt’s favorite restaurants throughout the 50s and 60s.

Saturday, January 26

The Music of John Williams and Hans Zimmer

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Charles Griffin, Founder, Central Florida Composers Forum
Compare the nature of each composer’s individual genius in writing for film—from The Lion King and Star Wars to Interstellar and the Indiana Jones films.

Sunday, January 27

Watermelon Carving

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Stephanie Barlow, National Watermelon Promotion Board
Gain skills on artfully carving watermelons for your next party!

Monday, January 28

Hobby Rockers

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Dave and Beth Librande, Dave & Beth’s Hobby Rockers
Discover the art of crafting animal rockers from wood.

Tuesday, January 29

The Art of Cosmetology

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Presented by Givenchy
Receive an introduction into cosmetology, skin care and fragrances as well as classic and trendy application techniques

Wednesday, January 30

What Does It Take to Get the Right Shot?

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM 
Simone Amaduzzi, Simone Amaduzzi Photography 
Master tips and tricks on getting great shots from an international photographer.

Thursday, January 31

Disney Character Art from Film and Theme Parks

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Presented by Disney Parks Live Entertainment
Sit in on a fascinating talk as a Disney animator and concept artist explain how characters are created and brought to life for film and Disney parks.

Friday, February 1

It’s All in the Details: The Art of the Prop and Its Role in the Story

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Kristen Zeigler, Set Decorator, Walt Disney Imagineering
Examine the design process behind set decorating and how props help tell the overall story of popular theme park attractions.

Saturday, February 2

Upcycling for Theater

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Jovon Harkless, Local Artist
Explore prop master techniques used to transform discarded objects, everyday items and décor into chic accents, ancient treasures and everything in-between!

Sunday, February 3

Disney Store Design

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM 
Becky Browne Allen and Ashley Provenzano, Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks Store Designer 
Watch designers incorporate the science of store planning with the art of retail design to produce world-class stores.

Monday, February 4

It’s All in the Details: The Art of the Prop and Its Role in the Story

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Kristen Zeigler, Set Decorator, Walt Disney Imagineering
Examine the design process behind set decorating and how props help tell the overall story of popular theme park attractions.

Tuesday, February 5

The Artistry of June Kim

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Eunjung (June) Kim, Disney WonderGround Gallery Artist
Listen to the story surrounding June’s artistic journey, her experience making games at Disney Interactive Studios, and how animation and design influenced her art.

Wednesday, February 6

Journey into Dance

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Shane Jewell and Robert Hill, Orlando Ballet
Discover basic dance techniques, what it takes to be a professional dancer and the process of orchestrating a ballet production.

Thursday, February 7

What Does It Take to Get the Right Shot?

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM 
Simone Amaduzzi, Simone Amaduzzi Photography 
Master tips and tricks on getting great shots from an international photographer.

Friday, February 8

Fold, Cut, Repeat: The Art and Engineering of a Pop-Up Book

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Matthew Reinhart, Author
Delve into the author’s process of writing and creating gravity-defying pop-up books and learn how to turn ideas into reality with simple paper engineering techniques.

Saturday, February 9

Upcycling for Everyday Use

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Jovon Harkless, Local Artist
Unlock your creative potential for interior decorating by transforming bargain-store finds into home décor treasures.

Sunday, February 10

Disney Store Design

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM 
Becky Browne Allen and Ashley Provenzano, Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks Store Designer 
Watch designers incorporate the science of store planning with the art of retail design to produce world-class stores.

Monday, February 11

Stories from a National Parks Painter

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Patricia Cummins, National Park Artist-in-Residence
View work from the artist’s various National Park Residencies and hear the stories behind her experiences.

Tuesday, February 12

One Little Spark: Finding the Figment Inside of YOU!

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Jason “Tiki” Tackett, Digital Artist and Walt Disney World Resort Cast Member
See how daily sparks of imagination can create connections to life’s most magical moments in the form of your very own “figments.”

Wednesday, February 13

Geisha: Artists of the Floating World

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Emily Murphy, Maneki Geiko
Enter the world of traditional Japanese arts and learn kimono, hair and makeup techniques used by geishas.

Thursday, February 14

Remember Who You Are

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Presented by Disney Parks Live Entertainment
Hear Disney traditional animators from the original blockbuster The Lion King reflect on creating the film as well as life at Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Friday, February 15

Watermelon Carving

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Stephanie Barlow, National Watermelon Promotion Board
Gain skills on artfully carving watermelons for your next party!

Saturday, February 16

The Music of Danny Elfman and Michael Giacchino

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Charles Griffin, Founder of the Central Florida Composers Forum
Look into the craft of writing pop music and film scores from the composers behind Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Up and The Incredibles.

Sunday, February 17

So You Want to be a Disney Artist

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Presented by Disney Parks Live Entertainment
Attend this informative Q&A session for a better understanding of what’s required to become a professional Disney artist.

Monday, February 18

3D Storytelling at Walt Disney World

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Steve Probus, Set Decorator, Walt Disney Imagineering
Sneak a peek into how props and decorating help convey stories at our theme parks as well as where the designers find inspiration.

Tuesday, February 19

The Art of the Disney Topiary

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Debbie Mola-Mickler, Area Manager, Disney Horticulture
Acquire knowledge on the art and history of Disney topiaries as well as their importance in creating fantasies.

Wednesday, February 20

Fundamentals of the Art of Audio-Animatronics Animation

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Doug Griffith, Walt Disney Imagineer
Get a behind-the-scenes look at making Disney’s Audio-Animatronics figures come to life.

Thursday, February 21

The Art of Figment: Discovering Sparks of Inspiration

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Jason Grandt and Steven Vagnini, Walt Disney Imagineering
Score a behind-the-scenes look at the art, legacy and inspiration behind the imaginative Epcot character Figment, with rarely-seen concept artwork and photography.

Friday, February 22

Watch Disney Characters Come to Life with Animator John Pomeroy

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
John Pomeroy, Disney Animator and Story Artist
Watch John demonstrate how he’s drawn some of his favorite Disney characters over the years—including Winnie-the-Pooh, Elliott from Pete’s Dragon, Penny from The Rescuers, Captain John Smith from Pocahontas, Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbell and others.

Saturday, February 23

Seeing Sound and Painting Music

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Christina Eve, Christina Eve Art
Hear how the artist translates music into visual art so others can see the beauty of sound.

Sunday, February 24

The Art of Disney Fonts, Lettering & Signage

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Richard Terpstra, Graphic Designer, Disney Design Group
Understand how fonts, lettering and signage tell stories throughout Disney Parks and Resorts; then test your knowledge with the ultimate attraction sign quiz!

Monday, February 25

Floral Crowns

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Melissa Beck, Alice’s Table
Learn floral crown basics and design a small piece to take home!

 

2019 Epcot Festival of the Arts Workshops

 

During the Epcot Festival of the Arts Workshops, Learn creative techniques from amazing artists at the Epcot by enrolling in interactive workshops where you can pick up tips and craft your own memento. Learn from accomplished Disney artists, experts, and Cast Members who will impart their professional expertise during hands-on workshops. These workshops come with a separate fee.

Each session gives Festival Guests a unique opportunity to create original art and walk away with an enhanced skillset or new understanding of various techniques. Topics include floral design, character sketching, ink & paint, 3D paper crafting and everything in between. These workshops will take place in the Odyssey Festival Showplace daily, Fridays through Mondays from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. The cost of each workshop is $39 plus tax.

Upcycling: Disney Park Map Bouquets

Presented by Jovon Harkless, Local Orlando Artist

  • Friday, January 18

You’ve discovered a world of magic, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there! Instead of throwing out your park map at the end of the day, upcycle it! Learn to create amazing one-of-a-kind flowers out of park maps and arrange them into your very own personalized bouquet.

Ink & Paint Animation

Presented by Lynn Rippberger, Disney Animation Ink & Paint Artist

  • Saturday, January 19
  • Saturday, January 26
  • Friday, February 1
  • Saturday, February 9
  • Friday, February 15
  • Saturday, February 23

Create your very own Ink & Paint cel with one of Disney’s Ink & Paint artists. Learn about the colorful history of 2D animation—and how Disney artists meticulously created by hand many of the classic animated features.

An Afternoon with Heather Theurer, a Disney Fine Artist

Presented by Heather Theurer

  • Sunday, January 20

Join Heather Theurer for her Epcot International Festival of the Arts premiere. She will discuss her artwork and the processes by which she paints her “modern-day masterpieces” and will discuss her inspirations for her Disney pieces, such as “Ohana Means Family” (Lilo & Stitch), “Baby of Mine” (Dumbo), “Her Father’s Daughter” (Merida) and many more. Her work is among the most popular limited-edition art releases in the Disney Fine Art collection.

Floral Arranging

Presented by Disney Floral & Gifts

  • Monday, January 21
  • Saturday, February 2
  • Friday, February 22

Imagine the Pixie-dusted possibilities as Disney Floral Designers show you how to make a little design magic and your skills blossom! Get grounded in basic floral design principles and create your own petite floral arrangement.

Animation 101: Flip Book Fundamentals

Presented by Todd Bright, Bright Animation

  • Friday, January 25
  • Monday, February 4
  • Monday, February 18

Create your own moving magic and see your drawings come to life during this animated workshop! Learn the fundamental principles of animation from a former Disney animator whose credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear. The tools to complete your creation will be available—all that’s needed is you!

Handcrafted Calligraphy

Presented by Bonnie DiCocco and Donna Price, Driftwood Market in Winter Garden and College Park, Florida

  • Sunday, January 27
  • Monday, February 11

Learn how to letter like the pros and take home a beautiful piece of your own hand-lettered art. By adding your personal style and flair, you’ll create a hand-crafted calligraphy alphabet for use in future projects.

Gesture Drawing Basics: “Storytelling Drawings”

Presented by Todd Bright, Bright Animation

  • Monday, January 28
  • Saturday, February 16
  • Monday, February 25

Come learn the art of quick-sketching from a former Disney animator whose credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch and Brother Bear. During this workshop you will create your own sketch to take home. Gesture drawing of people is foundational practice for animators, storyboard artists and directors. A single drawing can tell a story.

Doodling with Viz

Presented by Gregg “Viz” Visintainer, Owner of Viz Art Ink and WonderGround Artist

  • Sunday, February 3

Take your doodling to the next level. Learn, watch and draw with hidden pictures and words to create a Viz Art Ink masterpiece.

Disney 3D Paper Crafting

Presented by Dave Avanzino, Dave Avanzino Designs, Inc.

  • Friday, February 8

Create your own dimensional paper artwork and learn techniques to cut, fold and add spacers to your work to create 3D Disney shadowbox art. You will have the opportunity to make your own framed magical masterpiece!

Topiary Art

Presented by Jen Contarino, Noah’s Ark

  • Sunday, February 10

Topiaries make wonderful gifts and are a fun project for Guests of all ages. Topiaries also are fabulous alternatives to flower arrangements. Learn to make your own topiary with Noah’s Ark and take your creation home to enjoy!

A Journey of Abstract Expressionism

Presented by Crystal Dombrosky, Crystal Dombrosky Fine Art

  • Sunday, February 17

Unleash your potential through a journey of abstract expressionism. During this guided painting workshop, Guests will bring their abstract art to life as they paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to take home.

The Art of Floral Arranging

Presented by Creative Partners of Alice’s Table

  • Sunday, February 24

Discover your true floral potential as representatives from the Alice’s Table creative team walk you through the construction of your own blossoming design. During this workshop, learn basic floral design and create your own masterpiece to take home and enjoy.

 

 

 

To learn more about the Epcot Festival of the Arts, visit our main festival page.

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