Join us for a new twist on Play Date! This month our virtual Play Date will be held on Saturday morning, and we’ll focus on the contemporary art practices of animation and filmmaking! Meet and create with contemporary artists specializing in these practices through live workshops on Zoom.

Live virtual workshops for ages 6+. Participants must supply their own materials.

Registration is now closed. Check out May’s Digital Play Date: Refresh, and sign-up early! Find out more

Live Program Schedule

Ages 6+ 

Please note our new format for Spring Play Dates! Join us for a 2-hour session where participants will have the opportunity to learn and create with two artists. The session will consist of two 45 minute workshops. 

Intro to Storyboarding & Animatics
with Tyrone “ZeroSnake” Motley   

Anime & manga beginners and enthusiasts are invited to join artist Tyrone “ZeroSnake” Motley for a workshop where you’ll create layouts, storyboards, and animatics for your own unique animations. 


  • Drawing materials: paper, pencil, eraser 
  • Storyboarding template worksheet – if you have access to a printer you can download here and print a few blank copies for the workshop, otherwise you can draw your own template during the workshop!

Stop Motion at Home with Ariel from FC Academy 

If you’re an artist, a lover of animated movies, or you just want to make something cool, you’ll enjoy this workshop where you’ll create a short stop motion animation! Learn how stop motion works, animate using objects found around your home, and learn what makes a good animated film! 

Please review and prepare the materials list below and email with any questions. 

  • A second touch-screen device in addition to what you will call in on Zoom (iPad, iPhone, Android, iPod touch, etc). Please download the free and easy to use app Stop Motion Studio in advance of the event on 4/24 (Here’s a link to the app on the Apple Store and on Google Play).
  • Small objects (students will have the opportunity in class to find and gather objects) 
  • Clear space to animate on like a desk, table, or floor space. 


Self-Serve Activities

Downloadable Activities  
On your own time, download new hands-on artmaking activities and dive deeper into animation and filmmaking.

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Home Movie Tips
by the Cote Family

Make movies


Artist Bios

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Tyrone “ZeroSnake” Motley

ZeroSnake Media is a multimedia company that specializes in animation and graphic novels. Tyrone has over a decade of experience in 2D animation, and Illustration. He is best known for his animated web series “A!M”, as well as an on-going manga titled “UNRIVALED”. Other recognitions are his involvement with his hometown Hartford, Connecticut, commissioned town murals and live events showcasing his animated work, being an art instructor, producing collections of fine art canvas, and subsequent apparel branch “ZeroSnake Co.”. ZeroSnake uses his knowledge of traditional art techniques, along with the cutting-edge flare of modern-day digital technology; to find a common ground that art lovers from various backgrounds can enjoy.

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Ariel Grubb is an animator, visual developer, and interdisciplinary artist whose showcase of work includes both digital and traditional methods such as stop motion, collage, projection design, zoetropes, and direct on 35mm film animation. Ariel is a graduate of Lesley University’s Animation and Motion Media program, and has professional credits that include artistic work for the National Young Arts Foundation, MassOpera, and under public artist and inventor Rufus Butler Seder.  

Ariel works in animation production and has experience teaching animation, stop motion, and visual storytelling. Ariel’s work is inspired by animals, nature, and fantasy worlds, and currently lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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Ariel teaches at FC Academy which is an educational program geared toward teaching students ages 8-18 how to make short films. FC Academy strongly believes that introducing kids to the latest technology and filmmaking techniques — as well as giving them a vehicle for expressing themselves creatively — will provide them with invaluable tools for their academic futures and beyond! FC Academy offers both in-person and virtual classes during the school year and throughout the summer.  Learn more

Virtual Play Date activities are designed for kids and their grownups to participate together. Workshops will be held on video conferencing platforms and will be live and interactive. Recommended ages are provided as a guide, but you know your child best! If you have questions about a particular workshop, don’t hesitate to reach us at

Free Admission for Families 

On Sat, April 24, museum admission is FREE for families when accompanied by kids ages 12 and under, with up to 2 adults per family. Timed tickets can be reserved online. Please request your ticket at least 24 hours in advance so our team has time to process your order. Tickets requested day-of are not guaranteed. All on-site programming has currently been suspended. More details 

Are there access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program (e.g. captioning, ASL, post-program transcript)? Let us know at

Your support helps keeps programs like this – both virtual and in-person – free and accessible in this time of uncertainty. If you are able, please consider becoming a member or making a one-time gift to support the ICA.

ICA Kids and Family programs are supported, in part, by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld, the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, the Willow Tree Fund, and Raymond T. & Ann T. Mancini Family Foundation.