WORKSHOP: Stop Motion Animated Portraits

March 22, 2017
6:00pm – 9:30pm
Deadline to register is March 20, 2017 *Registration closed

2nd Date Added

March 29, 2017
6:00pm – 9:30pm
Deadline to register is March 23, 2017 *Wait list only

3.5 hour Workshop, 6:00pm-9:30pm | TAIS Studios, 1411 Dufferin Street, Unit B
$12 Non-member / $10 TAIS Member / $10 SAVAC Member

TAIS, in partnership with SAVAC, is excited to present a workshop with guest artist in residence, Pallavi Agarwala.

In this 3.5 hour workshop, participants will produce an animated portrait of themselves or a person of their choosing. Using a single photocopied photograph/image in combination with found images, colour paper, and various layering techniques, workshop instructor Pallavi Agarwala will teach participants how to create a narrative from found images and photographs.

Using minimalist techniques inspired by the collages of John Stezaker, and some of Agarwala’s own animated works, this workshop is a fun focused opportunity to get into the studio and learn the basics of collage stop motion. By the end each participant will have 1 or more moving portraits done.


Pallavi Agarwala is an illustrator and animator from New Delhi, India. After working as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator in India, she completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art (London, UK) on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship in 2016. Agarwala’s work draws upon the poetic language of animated documentaries as means to reconstruct narratives. With a focus on the lives of people in modern cities, she is interested in addressing and representing the underrepresented in her work. Using experimental techniques in drawing, film, and collage ‘cut-ups’ to visually construct metaphors regarding disruption and change, Agarwala believes in approaching subjects with humour and plurality. Considering this as vital to her process and to her efforts to represent the notion of the ‘other’ she is also interested in thinking about the future of cites and how this theme of difference is experienced within urban environments.


Sign-up form is available below.

Important details

  • Class sizes are small to ensure that all participants have opportunities to ask questions and get personal feedback.
  • For all registrants, you have up to 1 week after registration to submit your payment to reserve your spot. If payment is not delivered within 1 week your spot may be given to another registrant.
  • Payment can be made by Paypal or EMT (send to, or via Cash delivered to TAIS in-person.
  • Payment MUST be made within 1 week of registration and submitted in full IN ADVANCE of the start date.
  • There is a MINIMUM ENROLMENT for all workshops. Workshops that don’t meet the minimum may be cancelled. In the event that a workshop is cancelled, all registrations for that workshop will be refunded in full. NO REFUNDS are permitted in the event of  cancellation by the registrant, including failure to attend.
  • TAIS reserves the right to alter the course description and hours of the course, as needed, as the course is developed by the instructors.






SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is a committed co-presenter with TAIS for Pallavi Agarwala’s residency. SAVAC is the only non-profit, artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to supporting South Asian artists. For over two decades, they have increased the visibility of culturally diverse artists by curating and exhibiting their work, providing mentorship, and facilitating professional development. SAVAC’s mission is to produce programs that explore issues and ideas shaping the identities and experiences of people from the region and its diasporas. They encourage work that is challenging, experimental and engaged in critical discussions that offer new perspectives on the contemporary world. For more information about SAVAC visit


TAIS programming is presented with the support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts


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