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2019 Epcot® International Festival of the Arts: Seminars

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Connect with your inner artist by learning from the pros—at this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

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Infinite Wisdom

Expand creative horizons or take existing talents to the next level at these informative events… either way it’s a win!

Pack your palettes and an appetite for knowledge as accomplished Disney artists, experts and Cast Members impart their professional expertise during a series of complimentary seminars.

Each daily, half-hour session gives Festival Guests a unique opportunity to gain an enhanced skillset or new understanding of various artistic techniques—from floral crown creation and upcycled props to painting, photography and other interesting topics. You won’t want to miss a minute!

Complimentary Seminar Details

  • Odyssey Festival Showplace – included with Epcot admission
  • Sunday through Saturday (7 days a week)
  • 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • No advanced booking—same-day availability is limited to a first-come, first-served basis

View the complete list of seminars offered.

All events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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2019 Seminars

Add one or more of these fun, artistic adventures to your calendar—January 18 through February 25, 2019.

Peruse this day-by-day breakdown of what’s scheduled for this year’s Festival of the Arts, then save the date!

2019 SEMINARS

One Little Spark: Finding the Figment Inside of YOU!
Friday, January 18, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Jason “Tiki” Tackett, Digital Artist and Walt Disney World Resort Cast Member
See how daily sparks of imagination can create connections to life’s most magical moments in the form of your very own “figments.”

Travels with Walt Disney: A Photographic Voyage Around the World
Saturday, January 19, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Jeff Kurtti, Author and Disney Historian
Join the author as he discusses his new book, which features rare and never-before-published photographs along with eyewitness recollections and anecdotes detailing Walt’s frequent excursions around the globe.

The Art of Disney Merchandise
Sunday, January 20, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Fabiola Garza and Richard Terpstra, Walt Disney Imagineering Merchandise
Get a firsthand look at how character artists and designers collaborate to create magical merchandise for Disney Parks.

Photography 101: Shooting Spectacular Fireworks
Monday, January 21, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Jeff Nickel, Disney Photo Imaging
Glean tips and tricks on capturing the sparkles and splendor of fireworks—plus get recommendations on gear required to take shots with a bang!

The Art of Pixelating
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Lori Mangione, Silly Rabbit Crafts
Observe how plastic craft beads are used to create complete pieces of art with a nostalgic 8-bit twist!

Fundamentals of the Art of Audio-Animatronics Animation
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Doug Griffith, Walt Disney Imagineer
Get a behind-the-scenes look at making Disney’s Audio-Animatronics figures come to life.

The Art of Cosmetology Presented by Guerlain
Thursday, January 24, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Guerlain Ambassadors
Put your best face forward with a crash course in the latest cosmetology, skin care and fragrance trends as well as classic and up-to-the-minute application techniques.

Eat Like Walt
Friday, January 25, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Marcy Smothers, Author of Eat Like Walt
Learn the art of entertaining and hosting a vintage Disneyland dinner party—from Disney home and family-table traditions to incorporating menus from Walt’s favorite restaurants throughout the 50s and 60s.

The Music of John Williams and Hans Zimmer
Saturday, January 26, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Charles Griffin, Founder, Central Florida Composers Forum
Compare the nature of each composer’s individual genius in writing for film—from The Lion King and Star Wars to Interstellar and the Indiana Jones films.

Watermelon Carving
Sunday, January 27, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Stephanie Barlow, National Watermelon Promotion Board
Gain skills on artfully carving watermelons for your next party!

Hobby Rockers
Monday, January 28, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Dave and Beth Librande, Dave & Beth’s Hobby Rockers Discover the art of crafting animal rockers from wood.

The Art of Cosmetology
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Presented by Givenchy
Receive an introduction into cosmetology, skin care and fragrances as well as classic and trendy application techniques.

What Does It Take to Get the Right Shot?
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Simone Amaduzzi, Simone Amaduzzi Photography
Master tips and tricks on getting great shots from an international photographer.

Disney Character Art from Film and Theme Parks
Thursday, January 31, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Presented by Disney Parks Live Entertainment
Sit in on a fascinating talk as a Disney animator and concept artist explain how characters are created and brought to life for film and Disney parks.

It’s All in the Details: The Art of the Prop and Its Role in the Story
Friday, February 1, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Kristen Zeigler, Set Decorator, Walt Disney Imagineering
Examine the design process behind set decorating and how props help tell the overall story of popular theme park attractions.

Upcycling for Theater
Saturday, February 2, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Jovon Harkless, Local Artist
Explore prop master techniques used to transform discarded objects, everyday items and décor into chic accents, ancient treasures and everything in-between!

Disney Store Design
Sunday, February 3, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Becky Browne Allen and Ashley Provenzano, Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks Store Designer
Watch designers incorporate the science of store planning with the art of retail design to produce world-class stores.

It’s All in the Details: The Art of the Prop and Its Role in the Story
Monday, February 4, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Kristen Zeigler, Set Decorator, Walt Disney Imagineering
Examine the design process behind set decorating and how props help tell the overall story of popular theme park attractions.

The Artistry of June Kim
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Eunjung (June) Kim, Disney WonderGround Gallery Artist
Listen to the story surrounding June’s artistic journey, her experience making games at Disney Interactive Studios, and how animation and design influenced her art.

Journey into Dance
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Shane Jewell and Robert Hill, Orlando Ballet
Discover basic dance techniques, what it takes to be a professional dancer and the process of orchestrating a ballet production.

What Does It Take to Get the Right Shot?
Thursday, February 7, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Simone Amaduzzi, Simone Amaduzzi Photography
Master tips and tricks on getting great shots from an international photographer.

Fold, Cut, Repeat: The Art and Engineering of a Pop-Up Book
Friday, February 8, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Matthew Reinhart, Author
Delve into the author’s process of writing and creating gravity-defying pop-up books and learn how to turn ideas into reality with simple paper engineering techniques.

Upcycling for Everyday Use
Saturday, February 9, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Jovon Harkless, Local Artist
Unlock your creative potential for interior decorating by transforming bargain-store finds into home décor treasures.

Disney Store Design
Sunday, February 10, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Becky Browne Allen and Ashley Provenzano, Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks Store Designer
Watch designers incorporate the science of store planning with the art of retail design to produce world-class stores.

Stories from a National Parks Painter
Monday, February 11, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Patricia Cummins, National Park Artist-in-Residence
View work from the artist’s various National Park Residencies and hear the stories behind her experiences.

One Little Spark: Finding the Figment Inside of YOU!
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Jason “Tiki” Tackett, Digital Artist and Walt Disney World Resort Cast Member
See how daily sparks of imagination can create connections to life’s most magical moments in the form of your very own “figments.”

Geisha: Artists of the Floating World
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Emily Murphy, Maneki Geiko
Enter the world of traditional Japanese arts and learn kimono, hair and makeup techniques used by geishas.

Remember Who You Are
Thursday, February 14, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Presented by Disney Parks Live Entertainment
Hear Disney traditional animators from the original blockbuster The Lion King reflect on creating the film as well as life at Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Watermelon Carving
Friday, February 15, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Stephanie Barlow, National Watermelon Promotion Board
Gain skills on artfully carving watermelons for your next party!

The Music of Danny Elfman and Michael Giacchino
Saturday, February 16, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Charles Griffin, Founder of the Central Florida Composers Forum
Look into the craft of writing pop music and film scores from the composers behind Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Up and The Incredibles.

So You Want to be a Disney Artist
Sunday, February 17, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Presented by Disney Parks Live Entertainment
Attend this informative Q&A session for a better understanding of what’s required to become a professional Disney artist.

3D Storytelling at Walt Disney World
Monday, February 18, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Steve Probus, Set Decorator, Walt Disney Imagineering
Sneak a peek into how props and decorating help convey stories at our theme parks as well as where the designers find inspiration.

The Art of the Disney Topiary
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Debbie Mola-Mickler, Area Manager, Disney Horticulture
Acquire knowledge on the art and history of Disney topiaries as well as their importance in creating fantasies.

Fundamentals of the Art of Audio-Animatronics Animation
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Doug Griffith, Walt Disney Imagineer
Get a behind-the-scenes look at making Disney’s Audio-Animatronics figures come to life.

The Art of Figment: Discovering Sparks of Inspiration
Thursday, February 21, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Jason Grandt and Steven Vagnini, Walt Disney Imagineering
Score a behind-the-scenes look at the art, legacy and inspiration behind the imaginative Epcot character Figment, with rarely-seen concept artwork and photography.

Watch Disney Characters Come to Life with Animator John Pomeroy
Friday, February 22, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
John Pomeroy, Disney Animator and Story Artist
Watch John demonstrate how he's drawn some of his favorite Disney characters over the years—including Winnie-the-Pooh, Elliott from Pete's Dragon, Penny from The Rescuers, Captain John Smith from Pocahontas, Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbell and others.

Seeing Sound and Painting Music
Saturday, February 23, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Christina Eve, Christina Eve Art
Hear how the artist translates music into visual art so others can see the beauty of sound.

The Art of Disney Fonts, Lettering & Signage
Sunday, February 24, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Richard Terpstra, Graphic Designer, Disney Design Group
Understand how fonts, lettering and signage tell stories throughout Disney Parks and Resorts; then test your knowledge with the ultimate attraction sign quiz!

Floral Crowns
Monday, February 25, 2019
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Melissa Beck, Alice’s Table
Learn floral crown basics and design a small piece to take home!

All events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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