Creating Characters Through Collage with Albert Lozano and Chris Sasaki

A hands-on workshop that will focus on the character design in Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out. Teens will work with Pixar designers to learn, through collaging methods, how to better understand shape, depth, and feel of a character.



DesignPrep is a series of FREE teen workshops, studio tours and college visits, which focus on all forms of design from fashion and architecture to product and graphic design. Learn more HERE.

Chris Sasaki joined Pixar Animation Studios in 2010, and has worked as a character artist for Monsters University and Inside Out. In addition to his feature film work, Sasaki contributed his talents to Sanjay’s Super Team, the latest Pixar short film releasing with The Good Dinosaur in November. He is currently working as a character designer on an upcoming Pixar project.

Prior to joining Pixar, Sasaki was an intern at DreamWorks Animation, where he learned about the production pipeline and process of a feature film. Sasaki also worked as a character designer at Jim Henson, DisneyTV, BlueSky, and LAIKA.

Albert Lozano joined Pixar Animation Studios in April 1999 as the character art director on Pixar’s 2001 feature Monsters. Inc. Lozano has worked on every Pixar feature since then, including the Academy Award-winning features Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL•E, and Up. Lozano most recently worked on Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out.

As the character art director, Lozano’s responsibility is to design the characters and shepherd them through the production process to make sure they appear as the films’ production designer and director want them to.

About the Design by Hand Series

Launched in partnership with Van Cleef & Arpels in fall 2013 with the iconic Finnish brand Marimekko, the Design by Hand series focuses on the craftsmanship, innovations, and merits of contemporary global designers. Special programs connect university students, high school students, adults, and families with design.

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DesignPrep is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of

Additional support is provided by the Altman Foundation, internal Smithsonian Institution funds from the Youth Access Grants program, Deutsche Bank, The New York Community Trust and its Hive Digital Media Learning Fund, the Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, the School of Visual Arts, and the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.