TOPSHAM SCHOOL ANIMATION WORKSHOP
27 Year 3 pupils (7-8 yr olds).
4th July 2019
Artist: James Hedge
As part of Topsham Film Society's constitution we agree to support a variety of community activities within the town. Our recent focus has been in sponsoring a one day animation workshop for Key Stage 2 pupils at Topsham School. The theme of Ancient Egyptians was selected by the class teacher, as this was their currant curriculum focus.
The workshop was divided into six sessions based on flat bed animation using the I-Stop Motion package. The artist provided all the art material and set up three workstations each of which consisted of an apple laptop, keyboard and a camera suspended from a tripod.
Sessions 1&2 - Animating letters and creating moving titles.
Pupils selected cut out letters in varying sizes and fonts to make their title. The artist taught them various techniques including 'layering', 'ghosting' and 'rotating' in order to animate their title.
Sessions 3&4 - Creating and animating characters and backdrops.
Pupils were given the basic outline of a body which they had to adapt into an Egyptian god, using pictures provided, by adding colour and collage. These were then cut out and moving parts created using split pins. The characters were then positioned onto Egyptian backgrounds and step-by-step movements were created and photographed at each stage. When played back these made animated sequences.
Session 5&6 - Drawing animated loops using layers of tracing paper to created cyclical actions.
Pupils were given booklets of tracing paper in card frames and were asked to draw a simple picture which, when repeated, had graduated changes (flick book). These were then photographed frame by frame to create cyclical motion.
An animated film of the pupil's work is available on Vimeo ( see link below) and TFS plan to show the film at our matinee/evening screening on 24th January 2020 before our main feature Cold War.
Topsham School were delighted to be gifted this workshop and the day was a resounding success. On their feedback forms many of the children wrote that they would be keen to develop their ideas further at a future workshop The activities were well chosen for the age group and pupils stayed on task all day. Their enthusiasm and delight at making animated scenes in a simple but effective way was a pleasure to watch.
In essence, a productive use of TFS funds, hopefully encouraging the younger generation to be as passionate about film as we are....and maybe even become future members of TFS!