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Media Workshops

The Media Program at Madison Public Library runs media workshops for groups and organizations on a per request basis. Below is a list of current workshops that are available. Most workshops are portable so can travel to your location although there are a few that are only available at the Central Library. We do our best to work with as many groups as possible, but unfortunately can't accommodate every request due to capacity. If you are interested in talking about a possible workshop or project please email:

Trent Miller -  tmiller @ madisonpubliclibrary.org

If you are interested in a media workshop or project that is not listed below, please email us to chat about other possibilities with our staff or partners.

 MEDIA WORKSHOP LIST 


Title/Topic: Stop Motion Animation Workshop

Instructor: Media Lab Instructor Nate Clark

Description: Discover how animators produce cartoons and movies by bringing your own drawings, toys, and ideas to life. Explore introductory animation techniques and learn basic editing skills while creating animated shorts you can share with your friends and family.

Ages and Capacity: All Ages, Max 20 attendees

Equipment Needed: Stop Motion Animation Stations, Marker Bins Any desired props (currently many stations available)

Time Suggested: Maximum 2 hours

Single Event or Series: Single Event, Series Optional (2-3 session)

Location: Any


Title/Topic: 3D Animation Workshop

Instructor: Media Lab Instructor Nate Clark

Description: Learn the basics of 3D animation using Autodesk Maya, the main animation program used by nearly all major video game and film studios.

Ages and Capacity: Children (Grade 4-6),Teens and Adults, Max 6 attendees

Equipment Needed: Desktop Computers with AutoDesk Maya installed (6 licenses at Media Lab), Display Screen (Projector/Monitor/TV)

Time Suggested: 90 minutes - 2 hours

Single Event or Series: Single Event, Series Optional (2-3 session)

Location: Central Media Lab


Title/Topic: PhotoShop

Instructor: Media Lab Instructor Nate Clark

Description: Attendees will gain a basic understanding of digital creation as well as photo manipulation and digital editing using Adobe PhotoShop. Attendees are encouraged to bring a USB compatible storage device and any photos or images (must be in a digital format) they wish to edit

Ages and Capacity: Teens and Adults, Max 12-15 attendees

Equipment Needed: Desktops or Laptops with Adobe Photoshop installed (currently 10 available in the Media Lab/ could also be portable), Display Screen (Projector/Monitor/TV)

Time Suggested: 90 minutes - 2 hours

Single Event or Series: Single Event, Series Optional (2-3 session)

Location: Any


Title/Topic: Intro to 3D Level Design

Instructor: Media Lab Instructor Nate Clark

Description: Learn the basics of 3D Level Design using the Unreal Game Engine, one of the main programs used by many major video game and film studios, to create an interactive 3D landscape or level.

Ages and Capacity: Teens and Adults, Max 10-15 attendees

Equipment Needed: Desktops or Laptops with UDK installed (currently 10 in the Media Lab and on 10 Bubbler Laptops), Display Screen (Projector/Monitor/TV)

Time Suggested: 90 minutes - 2 hours

Single Event or Series: Single Event, Series Recommended (2-3 session)

Location: Any


Title/Topic: Advanced 3D Level Design

Instructor: Media Lab Instructor Nate Clark

Description: Builds on the Intro to Level Design Workshop. Attendees will add animation, puzzles and traps to the level they have created, or learn these skills for other projects. Modular scripting and coding as well as level dynamics and interactivity is explored

Ages and Capacity: Teens and Adults, Max 10-15 attendees

Equipment Needed: Desktops or Laptops with UDK installed (currently 10 in the Media Lab and on 10 Bubbler Laptops), Display Screen (Projector/Monitor/TV)

Time Suggested: 90 minutes - 2 hours

Single Event or Series: Series of 3-4 sessions recommended 

Location: Any


Title/Topic: 3D Modeling and Design

Instructor: Media Lab Instructor Nate Clark

Description: Learn to use Autodesk Maya, the main modeling and animation program used by most video game and film studios to design, model, rig and animate, computer generated objects for games and film. Attendees should bring a thumb drive or USB compatible storage device to save their work.

Ages and Capacity: Teens and Adults, Max 6 attendees

Equipment Needed: Desktop Computers with AutoDesk Maya installed (6 licenses at Media Lab), Display Screen (Projector/Monitor/TV)

Time Suggested: Minimum 2 hours

Single Event or Series: Single Event, Series Recommended (2-3 session)

Location: Central Media Lab


Title/Topic: Coding/Game Design With Scratch

Instructor: Media Lab Instructor Nate Clark

Description: Attendees will use Scratch - a free online programing language - to create their own 2D games they can share and play with friends and family. Games created can continue to be worked on after the workshop by logging into the scratch website from any computer.

Ages and Capacity: Children (Grade 4-6), Teens, Adults. Max 20 attendees

Equipment Needed: Any computer with an internet connection, Display Screen (Projector/Monitor/TV)

Time Suggested: 90 minutes - 2 hours

Single Event or Series: Single Event, Series Optional (2-3 session)

Location: Any


Title/Topic: Filmmaking with your phone

Instructor: Media Lab Instructor Nate Clark

Description: Whether your making a movie or just capturing a memory, this workshop will teach you the basics of filming a quality video on your phone. Topics covered include shot composition, lighting, camera angles and techniques.

Ages and Capacity: Children (Grade 4-6), Teens, Adults. Max 20 attendees

Equipment Needed: None - Patrons should bring phones or tablets

Time Suggested: 1 hour - 90 minutes

Single Event or Series: Single Event

Location: Any


Title/Topic: Basics of Filmmaking

Instructor: Media Lab Instructor Nate Clark

Description: This workshop teaches the foundations and principals of Filmmaking. Topics covered will include camera operation, storytelling elements, editing and post-production.

Ages and Capacity: Teens and Adults, Max 20 attendees

Equipment Needed: Cameras, Lights, Computers with Adobe Premiere Pro installed (Cameras, Lights and 10 computers available in the Media Lab/ could also be portable), Display Screen (Projector/Monitor/TV)

Time Suggested: 90 minutes - 2 hours

Single Event or Series: Single Event, Series Optional (2-3 session)

Location: Any


Title/Topic: Advanced Filmmaking

Instructor: Media Lab Instructor Nate Clark

Description: This workshop builds on basic filmmaking skills and explores cinematography, how to run a film crew, filming on a low/micro/or zero budget, marketing and directing.

Ages and Capacity: Teens and Adults, Max 20 attendees

Equipment Needed: Cameras, Lights, Computers with Adobe Premiere Pro installed (Cameras, Lights and 10 computers available in the Media Lab/ could also be portable), Display Screen (Projector/Monitor/TV)

Time Suggested: Minimum 2 hours

Single Event or Series: Series of 3-4 sessions recommended 

Location: Any


Title/Topic: Intro to Film and Video Editing

Instructor: Media Lab Instructor Nate Clark

Description: Attendees will learn to edit, color correct, master and composite film and video. Attendees can bring their own footage or use provided stock footage.

Ages and Capacity: Teens and Adults, Max 20 attendees

Equipment Needed: Cameras, Lights, Computers with Adobe Premiere Pro installed (Cameras, Lights and 10 computers available in the Media Lab/ could also be portable), Display Screen (Projector/Monitor/TV), Display Screen (Projector/Monitor/TV)

Time Suggested: 90 minutes to 2 hours

Single Event or Series: Single Event, Series Optional (2-3 session)

Location: Any


Title/Topic: Digital Storytelling

Instructor: Media Lab Instructor Nate Clark

Description: Learn how to craft stories for video games and film! Topics covered will include screenwriting and script development, character development, classic and visual storytelling.

Ages and Capacity: Children (Grade 4-6), Teens, Adults. Max 20 attendees

Equipment Needed: Display Screen (Projector/Monitor/TV)

Time Suggested: 1 hour - 90 minutes

Single Event or Series: Single Event, Series Optional (2-3 session) 

Location: Any