For centuries, art has been used not just to portray images, but to inspire feelings in those who observe it. Animation as a medium is most commonly used to tell a story, as sequences of multiple images and scenes are ideal for crafting a narrative. Animation is often considered to lack artistic integrity, as it is often viewed as entertainment for children rather than fine art. Yet animation, as any other form or artistic media, can provide just as much depth as more traditional forms of art.

For my Senior Independent Study project, I have produced a short animated film that is approximately three minutes in length. While this animation has a simple story to follow, most of the focus is placed upon the creation of an atmosphere. The simple story of this animation is an exploration of Italy, following a blank slate type of character, both in the city and the countryside. Having spent a semester in Florence to study, I believe that the experiences and emotions that I felt can be conveyed to the audience via artistic techniques. My goal was to create a work that is reminiscent of that experience, and that might be relatable to others who have had similar experiences and enjoyed by those who haven’t.


Milligan, Bridget


Art and Art History


Fine Arts | Interdisciplinary Arts and Media


Animation, watercolor, short film, Animated

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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