My name is Maria Juergens and I am a professional animator with 25 years experience in the film and TV industry.
I founded The Animation Spark after teaching my then seven-year-old son to make short animated films. He loved it, picked it up easily and was so proud of his first 'movie'!
I decided to develop animation workshops so that other children could have the same opportunity to learn an amazing and fun new skill in a safe, friendly environment.
Our animation workshops can help your child explore their creativity, develop leadership skills, work in a team, learn to be patient, and create something they can be proud of.
I have been working in animation for my entire career. Over the years I have worked on films including "Legend of the Guardians. Owls of GaHool", "Happy Feet 2" "Walking with Dinosaurs", "Ghost Busters", and "Guardians of the Galaxy 2". To sum up, I have worked on many other projects in TV, commercials and games.
Since 2015 I have been a 2D/3D animation lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney. And I love teaching! Every year is an exciting challenge guiding my students through the principles of animation. Above all, I take great pride in seeing my students progress and grow in confidence and creativity.
I believe, that primary school students are the perfect age to start learning the basics of animation. They have inventive imaginations and are not afraid to try new things.
Animation is now a part of our childhood. Animated films tell exciting stories, entertain us, and teach us valuable life lessons. It is an industry I love and I look forward to sharing my skills and helping your child explore the wonderful world of animation.
Post grad. Cert. in 2D Animation (VGIK)
Grad. Cert. in Higher Education (UTS)