Event Information

Make a short animated film using stop frame animation techniques from scratch. Create a storyboard, build characters from craft materials and make them come alive with original music and voices!

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous animation experience. All our staff are DBS checked.

The course is accessible for children of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. A parent or carer may assist their child if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course?

Based on the techniques created by Lotte Reineger (Adventures of Prince Ahmed) these workshops will give young people a chance to create their own shadow characters and settings, and then animate them. As a group we will select a story and then using black card we’ll design and cut-out backgrounds and jointed figures to illustrate the story. The animation will be created by photography using a white board or light box, then the photographs will be assembled with Final Cut software. The complete short film will have sound and music added and will be screened at mac at the end of the course!

In addition to learning how to make an animation, the participants will learn about team working, storytelling, listening skills and the use of specialist technology. The tutor will work closely with the group demonstrating the different processes and supporting the children to realise their own ideas.

Participants will be supplied with a copy of the film which will be uploaded to vimeo.


MAC CREATIVE CAMPS take place during school holidays, the camps run from between 2-5 days and offer intensive learning experiences across a variety of art forms. The last day of the camp may include a sharing event or performance for parents.

Our camps run from 10am to 3pm each day, with a 1-hour lunch break and children are fully supervised at all times by experienced DBS-checked staff.  

Optional Childcare Add-Ons 

However, we know families have differing needs so we’ve structured optional add-on elements to help busy parents.  

Extra Hours 

  • 4 additional hours of supervised childcare which fit around the course or camp, so that your child’s day runs from 8.30am – 5.30pm (flexible drop-off and collection times within these hours).  
  • During these hours we offer further fun activities and entertainment for your child including film-screenings and games, allowing them extra time with their friends. 
  • Please note that Extra Hours does not include any food. 

Food Package 

  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch from our Café menu 
  • Afternoon snack 

We provide vegan and vegetarian options and can cater for allergies and intolerances with notice. As an alternative you are welcome to provide a packed lunch, or if you would prefer to send your child with money to select from the café themselves, we will ensure they are accompanied by suitable trained staff. 

Do I need to bring anything?

Participants should bring bottled water or a water based drink and their own lunch to eat on a supervised one-hour break if you are not opting to purchase the optional Childcare Add-ons with or without food.

All course materials and equipment are provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs for this course.

Who teaches this course? 

Scott Johnston

Dates & Times

    MAC Creative Camp: Animation