Shelly A. Wattenbarger, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts
John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts
Work Phone: 213.740.5880
Office: SCB 210-H
Shelly Wattenbarger makes films, performs, sculpts and teaches under the alias Trixy Sweetvittles.
In addition to teaching undergraduate animation production courses, she runs a directed studies course focusing on bringing animation education to the community. Her multi-media sculptures combining ceramics and animation were recently featured in the New Town: Convergences exhibit at the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts. Screenings of her animated films La Mujer Lagartija, Mermaids and Pickles and Dream Lover Fondue include the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Holland Animation Festival and the SXSW film festival. Her one-woman puppet show Pudinella Parsnip was showcased in the 1998 Jim Henson International Puppetry Festival.
Her professional experience includes serving as animation director for Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues. She has over ten years experience teaching animation to K-12 students and working with non-profit youth arts organizations.
From 2003-2007, she chaired the animation department for the California State Summer School for the Arts. She was a site instructor for the Community Arts Partnership Sony Pictures Media Arts Program from 2004-2006 and the CAP/Inner-City Arts High School animation program in 2006.