Creative Storytelling Through Animation

Workshop with Amanda Strong

February 15-16, 12-5pm

Toronto Animated Image Society
1411 Dufferin St, Unit B

FREE and open to the public—advance registration required.


Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Other Life-formings  on view at the Blackwood Gallery from January 13–March 7, 2020.

Amanda Strong, Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) (video still), 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Creative Storytelling Through Animation: Workshop
February 15-16, 2020
Toronto Animated Image Society
1411 Dufferin St, Unit B. Toronto

In this two-day workshop, Indigenous (Michif) filmmaker and animator Amanda Strong will guide participants in exploring techniques for creative and visual storytelling, directing, and staging stop-motion animations. She will share methods for powerful storytelling, working with a team, and leading a range of productions. Participants will have the opportunity to explore directing and storytelling processes through guided experimentation with puppets or are welcome to bring in their own puppets or objects for use in the workshop.

FREE and open to the public—advance registration required.

Registration opens January 23 on the Toronto Animated Image Society website.

Note: We regret that TAIS is not accessible. The studio has two steps up at the entrance, and the washroom is in the basement with access through stairs.

Artist Biography

Amanda Strong is an Indigenous (Michif) interdisciplinary artist with a focus on filmmaking, stop-motion animations, and media art. She is currently based on unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, BC. Strong is the owner, director, and producer of Spotted Fawn Productions (SFP). Under her direction, SFP uses a multi-layered approach and unconventional methods, centered on collaboration in all aspects of their work. Strong received a BAA in Interpretative Illustration and a Diploma in Applied Photography from the Sheridan Institute. With a cross-disciplinary focus, common themes in her work are reclamation of Indigenous histories, lineage, language, and culture. Strong’s work is fiercely process-driven and takes form in various mediums such as: virtual reality, stop-motion, 2D/3D animation, gallery/museum installations, published books, and community-activated projects. Strong and her team at Spotted Fawn Productions are currently working on the research and development of bringing these works into more interactive spaces.


The Blackwood Gallery gratefully acknowledges the operating support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga.

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This workshop is presented in partnership with the Toronto Animated Image Society.

Related Exhibition

Other Life-formings
January 13-March 7, 2020