Spread the Weird Studio is a versatile and collaborative learning space providing an assortment of classes and workshops focused on using open-source software to create Animation, as well as workshops related to many forms of Design, Mixed Media, Arts and Crafts.
As apprentices of animation magic, designers communicate visually using symbols and signs through the medium of sketching, diagrams and technical drawings. The "Eureka Moment" in Design Thinking is the moment where the vision and the nature of the problem come together and an appropriate solution has been captured. It happens through practicing, doing and reflecting upon the personal design process.
Spread the Weird Studio uses Linux computers with FREE open source software that will work on your own computer.
- Ubuntu Studio Operating System
- 3D Modeling, Animation and Game Creation Suite
- 2D Rigging, Animation and Compositing Software
- 3D Sculpting for Mac & Windows
- Scaleable Vector Graphics Editor
- 2D Animation Flipbook Toolset
- GNU Image Manipulation Program
- Audio Editor
- Apache Version Control Pipeline Integration
In keeping with the mission of the studio Jay believes it is very important to work above your ability with a rich exposure to tradition, craftsmanship, community and a love of design.
Formally educated in Architecture, Jay's years in the field of design have included large project management and direction, architectural and art installation, print making, illustrating, 3D modeling and manufacturing, animating, game development, woodworking, and furniture design.
He is currently on the Advisory Board for Burton Barr Library's MACH1 Program and is a member of the Program Advisory Committee with the Art Institute of Phoenix and proud sponsor of the AZ Sci-Tech Festival.
Teaching animation encourages the critical thinking and collaborative processes necessary for innovation in all STEM fields including the Arts and Jay's curriculum at the studio has been carefully crafted from decades of design and art production experience with a focus on the Fundamentals of Design.
"Collaborative art & design is very important to me" says Jay; "Art is Something a Community does Together."
See Jay's Portfolio >> at Ton of Clay Productions
Jay holds First Aid and CPR/AED certificates in Adult, Pediatric & Infant (Community/Workplace)