John Akre, Teaching Artist
I teach animation and video classes for youth and others. I have 20 years experience working with youth in school and after-school settings and teaching technical skills to adults. I also teach animation in the Digital Media Arts department of Hamline University.
I am on the COMPAS roster of teaching artists. Hire me through COMPAS.
I teach animation at Hamline University.
Enter The Dream Exchange.
Find out about Transitions Animated, a project that combines stop motion animation and history.
Check out the animated gifs we made at IFP's Juice Media after school program.
We Are the Movement is a project I assisted with through Intermedia Arts.
Here are animated shorts from a two week residency I did with Kindergarteners at Hillcrest Community School in Bloomington in December 2016.
Here are animated shorts from a three week residency I did at Talahi Community School in St. Cloud in the winter of 2016.
Here are animated shorts from a residency I did at Norman County East Elementary School in March 2015.
Middle School and Summer Camps
Here are videos from the IFP MN Photoshop/Flash Animation Camp I ran in August 2016.
Here are videos from the IFP MN Stop Motion Animation Camp I ran in July 2016.
Here are videos from the Photoshop/Flash Animation Camp I ran at IFP MN in August 2015.
Here are animated shorts from a residency I did at White Bear Lake Central Summer School in the summer of 2015.
Here are videos from the Stop Motion Animation Camp I ran at IFP MN in June 2015.
Jump into Writing is an animated poem that was created in three workshop I gave at the Youth Authors Conference in 2015.
See what we did at Camp Art in Hallock, MN the summer of 2013.
Here's a look at what my students did at the IFP-MN Animation Camp 2013
Here's a look at what my students did at the Intermedia Arts Animation Camp 2013
Here's a look at what my students did at the IFP-MN Short Cuts Video Camp 2013
Check out some Flipbooks and Cycles created at Heritage Library.
I also really love being part of the Twin Cities Youth Media Network.
I teach Animating with Adobe Flash at IFP-MN.
Take a look at videos made by adults in the program I co-teach with Beth Peloff at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Center.
Here are some other examples of animation work I have done with youth:
Free First Saturdays at the Walker Art Center
Stop motion installation at the Twin Cities Youth Media Network Media Market
Stop Motion Animation from the Jovenes in the GRIP Program - a project with Teatro del Pueblo
At the Minneapolis Institute of Art.