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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Animation Station- day 1

We kicked off to a great start with day one of the Animation Station, led by artist and Illustrator Amy Pennington, supported by artist Veena Scialo,  a recent animation graduate and another student of illustration and animation. Our very well qualified team began this chilly day with a warm up in the gym!DSC_0003 DSC_0005

Amy then talked us through some of her own illustration and animation work to inspire us.

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She also showed us some animations that she made with other groups of children.DSC_0015

We then warmed up our fingers by making some small flick book animations to illustrate the process of making static actions move.DSC_0032 DSC_0036 DSC_0045 DSC_0046 DSC_0047 DSC_0050 DSC_0051 DSC_0053 DSC_0054 DSC_0055


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We then learnt how to storyboard a sequence for an animation using a series of images and notes, using a selection of small toys.DSC_0065 DSC_0089DSC_0068DSC_0072 DSC_0075

Children made some lovely speedy drawings to tell funny, scary and dramatic stories.DSC_0091 DSC_0092 DSC_0093 DSC_0094 DSC_0095 DSC_0100

After talking us through how to use i-motion – a simple, free animation app – we got to work making our first film.DSC_0101 DSC_0102 DSC_0103 DSC_0106

It was a team effort, someone behind the camera, someone directing and another moving the characters, we all pitched in making props, speech bubbles and titles as they were needed.DSC_0110 DSC_0114

Amy circulated, giving advice as she went.DSC_0117 DSC_0120 DSC_0127 DSC_0129 DSC_0131 DSC_0134 DSC_0135 DSC_0145 DSC_0146 DSC_0151 DSC_0153 DSC_0155 DSC_0158

Just before lunch we had a mini screening of our first attempts and offered each other advice on what went well and what we could improve.DSC_0159 DSC_0160

After our lunch break we got to work designing and making our own characters – one each. We made a drawing then modelled using plasticine – so therapeutic. It was very calm in the room in contrast to the high energy animating sessions!DSC_0173 DSC_0174 DSC_0176

Children used their drawings carefully to model their developing characters.DSC_0177 DSC_0178 DSC_0179 DSC_0180 DSC_0185 DSC_0187 DSC_0189 DSC_0191 DSC_0193 DSC_0198 DSC_0200

We worked in our groups once more to storyboard our new characters into a new adventure. We used a few different techniques for this.
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It didn’t matter if the drawings were sketchy at this stage, as long as it helped our ideas develop.DSC_0250DSC_0202

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We used speech bubbles to help our characters talk DSC_0258 DSC_0264

and developed complex props as they were needed.

We used the iPads again to start filming.DSC_0266 DSC_0267 DSC_0270 DSC_0271 DSC_0278 DSC_0279

The stories began to get quite complex – we were very busy!DSC_0284 DSC_0296DSC_0295DSC_0301

We worked as excellent teamsDSC_0306 DSC_0307 DSC_0308

We were having so much fun!DSC_0318 DSC_0323We look forward to trying out some new techniques tomorrow and to working with some full body animation!

For work made on day 2 of the Animation Station click HERE!

One Response so far.

  1. G.Narasimha says:

    It is very very nice and informative,I could see my son Gaurav along with his friends. Congratulations !!


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