ParaNorman Family Workshop

ParaNorman Family Workshop

Join museum educators and LAIKA Studios for a ParaNorman inspired demo and workshop! 

The Education team and LAIKA Studios invites families to join museum educators and two very special guests for a ParaNorman (2012) inspired demo and workshop on Sunday, October 30 from 1pm to 3pm, in the museum’s Shirley Temple Education Studio. 

LAIKA’s costume designer Deborah Cook will lead us through a collaborative costume activity where participants will select fabrics and buttons to add to a large cut-out of Norman to create his signature red hoodie and jeans costume.  

Stop-motion rigger for LAIKA Lindzay Irvingwill demonstrate how to make a “toilet paper zombie,” like the ones featured in ParaNorman, that attaches to a simple rig. Families will then get to create their own take-home toilet paper zombies.  

This is a free program with the purchase of general admission. Museum admission for children ages 17 and under is always free.


1–1:30pm | Deborah Cook’s Collaborative Costume Design Demo 

1:30–2pm | Lindzay Irving’s Toilet Paper Zombie Demo 

2–3pm | Family Collaborative Costume Activity and Zombie Workshop 

We encourage families to attend the Coraline (2009) screening at 11am before the workshop or the ParaNorman (2012) screening at 3pm after the workshop. A separate ticket for screenings is required. 

Come dressed in your best Coraline and/or ParaNorman cosplay* and meet costumed characters from both films until 2:30pm. 


*The following are not allowed as part of cosplay at the Academy Museum: body paint, functional props or weapons, and/or full-face coverings. Guests in costume are subject to search at the discretion of Academy Museum staff at any time, and we reserve the right to refuse entry for any reason. 


Originally from England, Deborah Cook has designed and built costumes for every LAIKA film. Her designs for Kubo and the Two Strings(2016) won an award for Excellence in Fantasy Film from the Costume Designers Guild, and she received a Visual Effects Society nomination for her work in Coraline (2009). Detailed, in-depth research, innovation in small-scale fabric technology, and expertise in engineered fabric movement has made Cook a principal stop-motion costume designer. Other film credits include Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). Cook earned her BA Honors degree and did post-graduate study in fine art sculpture at St. Martin's College in London. 

Lindzay Irving graduated from Portland State University in 2013 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her focus was mechanical design, which she employed extensively during the six years she spent in the aerospace industry. Now with LAIKA Studios, Irving uses her understanding of mechanical movement and design to devise rigs for stop-motion animation. She is currently working as a stop-motion rigger on LAIKA’s next film, Wildwood. In her spare time, Irving volunteers as a Science Communication Fellow with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). 

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