Famous Disney Artist Armand Serrano Talks Animation at OU

March 18, 2016

Armand Serrano, a Christian artist who works at Disney Animation Studios, gave a special guest lecture on art to staff and students at Olivet University's Riverside campus.

During the two-hour lecture on March 5, Serrano shared the story of his conversion to Christianity while working at a studio in Manila, Philippines, and how God has helped him in his career as an animator for over two decades. He also explained the process of animation and introduced basic concepts of art.

Drawing on his rich experiences at Walt Disney Animation Studios as well as Sony Pictures Animation, Serrano captivated the audience's attention as he explained the process of how animation is designed and produced.

"It is amazing and inspiring to learn how Armand Serrano contributes his talent to society and does mission as an artist," shared a student from Olivet School of Art & Design. "I have learned so much in such a short time and would like to have him stay longer.”

The lecture ended with a lively Q&A session where students were able to interact with the speaker.

"Always try new things and learn from your mistakes. When you can't solve your problems, always pray to the Lord for answers," Serrano encouraged the students.

The lecture received very good feedback from the audience. Students shared that Serrano was able to explain the whole concept of art and design in a way that was simple and easy to understand, even for those with no artistic background.

Serrano is known for such Disney works as “Mulan,” “Tarzan,” “Lilo & Stitch” and “Brother Bear.” During his nine-year stay at Sony, Armand completed a total of 15 projects including “Surf's Up,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Arthur Christmas” and “Hotel Transylvania.”

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