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Winsor McCay Day at SLDL

Winsor McCay Day at SLDL                                                                                           

 

The Spring Lake Heritage Festival is the perfect time to celebrate the contributions of renowned artist and pioneer in the field of animation, Winsor McCay. Spring Lake District Library will be hosting two McCay-themed programs for boys and girls on Tuesday, June 10, during Heritage Festival week.

 

10:30 a.m.       Winsor McCay Day Dinosaur Fun. Children’s book author, illustrator, and artist Aaron Zenz introduces boys and girls ages 3 to 8 to some of Winsor McCay’s classic creations including Gertie the Dinosaur. Children are invited to create dinosaur-themed crafts following the presentation. Pre-registration is not required; limit 70 attendees.                                                                        

 

2:00 p.m.         I’m OK with McCay Cartoon Workshop.  Artist, author, and cartoonist Kevin Collier demonstrates traditional cartooning techniques during this  workshop designed for youth in grades 3 and up. Pre-registration is not required.

 

McCay spent his formative years in Spring Lake during the late 1800s. McCay is thought of by many as “The Father of American Animation” for his ground breaking work in the 1910s and 1920s.  His creations are Little Nemo, Rarebit Fiend, Little Sammy Sneeze, and Gertie the Dinosaur.  McCay was also a political cartoonist who used his art form to comment on the social policies of his era.

 

Winsor McCay’s work became the foundation that future animators like Walt Disney built upon. The animation techniques McCay developed in the early 20th century would become the basis for today’s animated classics. The highest award an animator can receive in the 21st century is the Winsor McCay Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 

For more information about either of the events, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.

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