Floyd Norman

Masterclass and Screening of
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and Clyfford Still Museum. And in collaboration with RMCAD Student Life, Illustration Department, Animation Department, Marketing Department, and Career and Alumni Services.

About The artist

Cartoonist and animator Floyd Norman has been drawing and telling stories with humor and delight for all of his 81 years. His celebrated career began in 1956 as the first African-American animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. While there he contributed both his technical skill and infectious sense of wonder to Disney classics such as Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, and Robin Hood. In addition to Disney, Norman has worked at Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, and Pixar. Norman’s extensive career also includes creative contributions to Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc.; and multiple television shows such as The Smurfs, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Robot Chicken. In 2007 he was named a Disney Legend and he was recognized with an Inkpot Award in 2008. Norman’s enduring, exuberant passion for storytelling, imagination, and art continues to inspire, enchant, and challenge artists and audiences around the world.

About the Masterclass

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Mary Harris Auditorium
On the campus of Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Acclaimed animator Floyd Norman shared the tales and triumphs that make up his more than 60 years of creative contributions to animation to a full house. From the hand-drawn production cels for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty to the computer-aided animation in Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., Norman has been a part of cinematic magic for decades. This special lecture touched on the artist’s extensive animation history and his craft as well as the limitlessness of imagination for lifelong learners and creators. The lecture was followed by an audience Q+A session. 

About the Screening of the documentary Floyd Norman: An Animated Life 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Alamo Drafthouse
7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Unit #850, Littleton, CO 80120

Co-presented by RMCAD's VASD Program and as part of the collaborative program film/Still, the Clyfford Still Museum and Alamo Drafthouse presented a screening of the documentary Floyd Norman: An Animated Life. Learn more about the documentary and see the trailer here.  
Both Floyd and wife Adrienne Brown-Norman joined the sold out audience for an introduction before the screening, and Q+A after.

About Clyfford Still Museum's film/Still program 

film/Still is a partnership between the Clyfford Still Museum and Alamo Drafthouse presenting films that relate to both the exhibitions on view at the Museum and the wider art world. For this season, and on the occasion of the exhibition Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford, viewers will enjoy documentaries and films that explore African American identity, racism, art, and human relationships.