Meredith Holch is an animation artist, puppeteer, and crankie-picture-show maker specializing in socially relevant themes. Her work shows at venues ranging from the Museum of Modern Art, to the walls of endangered community gardens. She earned her MFA in Film/Video from Bard College. Meredith has over fifteen years experience teaching stop-motion animation and puppetry at elementary school through college levels.
Workshops are easily incorporated into K-12 curriculum. Animation and puppetry literally make subject matter come alive, which stimulates learning in any given course of study. Meredith’s workshops promote communication skills, collaboration, patience, and self-esteem. Students engage quickly with the hands-on approach. Workshops culminate in short animated videos, performances, or giant puppet parades. Music and sounds play an integral role.
Stop-motion animation is an extremely simple technique of moving figures between exposures of the video camera. Because the camera is off when the animator’s hand moves an object, the figures seem to move by themselves.
Puppetry residencies result in multi-sized constructions, from hand puppets to life-size, to giant puppets suitable for parading.
Meredith is touring her Crankie Picture Shows at Vermont Public Libraries this summer.