Tiny Circus Big Top

NOW PRESENTING: Tiny Circus Big Top! Tiny Circus is exploring new topics and themes that might not be appropriate for younger audiences. …

Circus at Citizen Jane

Two weeks later, Tiny Circus is still feeling the buzz from this year’s Citizen Jane Film Festival in Columbia, MO. Having been …

Cornell College Joins the Circus

Tiny Circus has begun its latest project in residence at Cornell College. Located in hilly Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Cornell College has a …

Summer 2013 Residents’ Animations

Tiny Circus artists recently completed the animations Age and Before Sleep. Like previous documentary animations, these videos use audio recordings of interviews.

The Circus Prepares to Tour Iowa

#packing the air stream and setting out# We continue to make progress in preparation for the giant workshop we have designed for …

Tuesday at Tiny Circus

After another intense lead-up to our second film screening, our weekend concluded with a welcome relaxed pace, but was accompanied by the …

End of Week 1: Before Sleep

Tiny Circus has been hard at work creating our first animation of the summer session. We set a goal for ourselves to …

Hocus Focus

Today the Tiny Circus crew took focus to a new level with the construction of a brand new contraption for our latest …

Tiny Circus is back.

Tinny Circus Summer session is back! This is the 6thedition, and we are excited to be back in Grinnell. Participants come from …

A Kaleidoscope of Creativity

Over the past few days, Circus house has been buzzing with wonder and excitement as we further explore creativity!  We’ve focused our …

Creativity and Ducks

Exciting things have happened at the Circus since our last post. Most of our animation for the Creativity Project has been shot …

Middle Tennessee State University

Tiny Circus spent the week at Middle Tennessee University, creating an animation with a group of about 15 college students. The group …

The Brentwood Boys and Girls Club

Tiny Circus lifted off from New Orleans last week, rolling to Raleigh, North Carolina for a week of animation-making with the Brentwood …

Madison Children’s Museum

For two days, Tiny Circus landed in the wonderland of imagination and play known as the Madison’s Children Museum. We set up …

Giraffe. Trapped.

  They said it couldn’t be done.  They said it was too tall, eats too many leaves, can’t be tracked, is perfectly …

Hello Mount Vernon!

Autumn is in full leaves-falling, crisp air mode, and the drive from Grinnell – 80 miles East – to Mount Vernon, Iowa …

Citizen Bumper

The Citizen Jane Film Festival comes once a year, and the Tiny Circus spends the rest of the year looking forward to …

Elsewhere Winding Down…and Beyond!

It’s our last week at Elsewhere Collaborative in Greensboro, NC. We’re still clicking away on the History of Dust, brainstorming Traps with …

Films, Music, Pie

A few weeks ago, Tiny Circus was a part of Backyard Band/with, an evening of films set to live scores by local …

An Eventful Weekend

The circus celebrated Labor Day with a weekend full of fun events and even a swimming trip to the local quarry.  A …

Another One Blogs The Dust

Today a collection of Elsewherians brainstormed the The History of Dust. Sitting around the table in what is known as the Collaboratory, …

Tiny Circus goes Elsewhere…

After raising hell and high water Tiny Circus traveled through an earthquake and approaching hurricane to park our airstream in downtown Greensboro, …

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

From Gatlinburg, the circus headed 1004 miles north to Provincetown, Massachusetts to teach another animation class.  Our studio was in a renovated …

Arrowmont School of Art and Craft

 Tiny Circus traveled to Gatlinburg, TN, land of swimming holes and bears, to teach an animation class at the Arrowmont school.  Class …

Characters

  Our resident hedgehog has headed home to Kansas City – the circus is winding down for the summer.    Over the …

→ June 28, 2011

Our tiny tiny circus is becoming more and more plausible by the day! It took us a few trials, but we are …

Truckin’ Along

Tiny Circus is still truckin’ along and everyone is making good progress on their projects. We are continuing to develop our circus …

→ June 21, 2011

It has been quite the roller coaster here at the Tiny Circus over the past few days. But rain or shine, we’re …

Sweet Rewards

We’ve been crossing more and more Tiny Circus TO-DO’s off of our handy dandy new chalkboard lately. The shelf of finished characters …

The Dream Team

A few nights ago the Tiny Circus shot a family portrait before animating a scary dream sequence. We finished shooting scenes yesterday …

Charting Progress

A long morning meeting to discuss our daily schedule and progress resulted in a new chalkboard (scavenged from a previous Tiny Circus …

Character Building

This past week, we’ve continued work on our current long-term projects. We’ve been developing our characters, building environments for them to live …

Chugging Along

Day 11 of Circus, and we’re staying eager. We’ve tapped into a scenario that will encase the existing animations of Histories and …

Summer session day three

After a few days of brainstorming and learning, the Circus took a break and went for a swim at the community pool. …

Bettendorf Family Museum

This week Tiny Circus is at the Bettendorf Family Museum trying to trap a turtle. One would think it would be easy, …

Yard is in

If you weren’t looking forward to Summer Circus yet, maybe the new yard will get you going. After the lawn was leveled …

Garden and Circus Preparations

We planted the last garden bed with more lettuce, kale, and cucumbers. Its delicate work planting seeds a quarter of an inch …

Yard Work

Don’t worry, it will be fixed. Putting in a new yard by hand could be a painful experience. But knowing a guy …

Tampa, Florida.

Tiny Circus swam in the ocean as we reached Tampa, Florida – the southernmost point of our spring tour. We set up …

The History of Music

The History of Music began with the construction of a house made of colored paper. This paper house acted as our stage …

New Orleans

Tiny Circus finally landed in New Orleans – we’re setting up in the 9th ward to make a promotional animation for Common …

The Great Drive South

Sunday, January 27th — Tiny Circus heads down South to begin Spring tour. Tour destinations — New Orleans, LA — Atlanta, GA …

Gearing up for our Sping Tour

We’re getting anxious for the spring tour, and at the Circus house this means cleaning and re-stocking our traveling animation kit. Re-labeling …

Making the TINY Tiny Circus

We are beginning work on the Tiny Tiny Circus, a new component to the circus show. The Tiny Tiny Circus will be …

The Circus House gets a studio

We returned home to Tiny Circus House and began work on our new studio in January. Zero degree Iowa winter weather does …

Elephant Trapped in Mt Vernon, IA

In September, The Tiny Circus took over Washington Elementary School in the gorgeous town of Mt Vernon, Iowa for a spectacular week …

Fair, fair, Fairfield

The weekend of July 2, 3, and 4 saw the Circus rolling into Fairfield, IA, to lead another workshop, this one with …

Des Moines, the great city

In preparation for the Des Moines Art Festival, the Circus decided to do an interactive animation that would get festival-goers physically involved. …

Circus in a house!

Summer 2010 has been an exciting time for the Circus. We’ve had workshops in Marion, Grinnell, Iowa City, Des Moines, and Fairfield …

Show in the Park

Join Tiny Circus for a Show on our home turf! Tiny Circus debuts “THE HISTORY OF WINDOWS” along with The Other Histories …

Citizen Jane Film Festival!

Tiny Circus has been working hard this week at the Citizen Jane Film Festival in Columbia Missouri. We are in the final …

Early Snow in Michigan

It’s not often that you see a crew of art students dressed in white – but this was by design… Tiny Circus …

Extreme Circusing

TC rolled to Marion, Iowa on a rainy and windy night to set up for a gallery walk in front of Campbell-Steele …

Making History

Tiny Circus is very excited to report that we have been named finalists in the Aniboom/History Channel competition called “The People Speak”. …

Artstop Des Moines

As part of the Artstop Des Moines event, Tiny Circus cranked up the Do It Yourself Animation Station for a few hours, …

Tiny Circus Gets Academic

TC had an impromptu showing at Grinnell College with 6 of our summer members. It was a quiet and lovely evening on …

Results

The finished competition animation! Click twice on the video to go to Aniboom to rate it (you will have to create an …

Paper People

The current animation uses cut-paper photographs to show motion – this involves a lot of careful work with an xacto. The cut-outs …

Fall animating

TC is working on a new project to illustrate a historical speech. We’re trying out brainstorming with multiple people in multiple places. …

Minnesota: Circussed

Tuesday was a lovely day in St. Paul, Minnesota. We finished editing The History of Pillows (perhaps our best animation yet!) and …

Minnesota History

Tiny Circus is in St. Paul, Minnesota this weekend for a workshop and show at the Minnesota History Center. We are animating …

Garden Bounty

The studio airstream has been suspended for the last month or so – we made it serviceable just before our Des Moines …

Happy Birthday Marengo!

150 Years is a pretty long time. In order to celebrate, Tiny Circus will post 150 pictures from the festival! Or perhaps, …

Tiny Circus in Print!

Tiny Circus showed up in the Des Moines Register this Past Sunday with a great article from the Des Moines Arts Festival …