Students in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons recently had their work critiqued by a famous guest: Sesame Street’s Elmo. Kevin Clash, the producer, director, and puppeteer who brings Elmo to life, was a guest lecturer in the school’s Character Design Studio course. After hearing about the students’ character designs, Clash stepped behind a blackboard and emerged with Elmo, who offered his own critique of the class.
The course is taught by Matt Stoddart, an award-winning character designer and art director at Sesame Workshop. “Both Kevin and I were lucky to have met Jim Henson when we were just starting out,” said Stoddart. “One of Jim’s greatest gifts was his ability to recognize and encourage young talent. It is this legacy which motivates me to teach and mentor young artists at Parsons.”
On the air since November 10, 1969, Sesame Street is now celebrating 40 years of entertaining and educating children around the world. Sesame Street is produced by Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit organization that addresses the critical developmental needs of children worldwide through innovative and engaging educational content delivered by television, radio, books, magazines, interactive media, and community outreach.