Poetic VR spaces – Using 2D animation in a 4D world

Wednesday April 7, 14 & 21, 2021

6:30 – 9:30pm

Technical skills development
Beginner and/or Intermediate Animators

INSTRUCTOR Paloma Dawkins

 ($65.00 for TAIS members $90.00 for Non Members)

Workshop Description

In this course we will create a space in VR inspired by our dreams. Participants will be offered inspiration and resources to help guide you on your journey to creating poetic VR spaces that express an idea, a feeling, or a message. We will cover some practical skills like bringing 2D assets and animations into the unity space as well as setting up the Unity scene to be VR ready.

Participants will need basic knowledge of Unity, a drawing tablet, animation software( I use TVPaint), and an Occulus Quest (or VR headset)

*note TAIS has a limited number Oculus Go you can borrow if you do not have your own VR headset. Please contact Myfanwy to reserve and arrange pickup and drop off.


Paloma Dawkins is a cartoonist and self-taught animator turned virtual-reality and video-game artist. Dawkins previous games have been featured at world-renowned festivals such as Manchester International Festival, MUTEK and more, and won awards at the Canadian Screen Academy Awards, Fantasia, FIVARS, Cinekid, NUMIX, and North Bend Festival. Dawkin’s games are praised for being digital spaces that celebrate natural life and rhythms. The worlds she creates in her games are spaces that incite creative thinking and wonder. Dawkins games and VR spaces carry on these themes and further invites us to be inspired by otherworldly scenes and scenarios, hypnotizing sounds and visual details, trippy patterns, quirky characters and cosmic poetry.