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MAC Camp: Animation 

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  • TutorScott Johnston
  • Price-
  • Age-
  • LevelAll Levels

Mon 9 - Fri 13 April / 8.30am - 5.30pm, £170 with lunch / £154 excluding lunch, Ages 6-11 years

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?

MACCamps are holiday courses offering children the opportunity to take part in an intensive learning experience of various art form. Each day will follow the same routine with the exception of the last day that may include a sharing event or performance. This will include 4.5 hours of workshop activity with MAC’s specialist artist tutors and a specially selected series of film screenings linked to the course art form or subject area. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack is also included in the course price. Children will be supervised at all times and please ensure that they are dropped off and collected within the designated time slots. Please complete the student enrolment form including details of any dietary requirements. The daily timetable is:

08:30 – 09:30                      Drop-off and breakfast in Bridges Café

09:30 – 12:00                      Workshop session 1

12:00 – 13:00                      Lunch

13:00 – 15:00                      Workshop session 2

15:00 – 15:15                      Break with snack

15:15 – 17:00                      Film screening

17:00 – 17:30                      Pick-up

During these fun workshops children will learn how to make their own short animated film using the stop frame animation technique. Working in a small team the participants will learn about and try every process involved in creating an animation. They will start by writing a story and then break it down into a storyboard. The children will design and make their own characters and sets from coloured paper and other craft materials. Finally, using SAM animation software on laptop computers and mounted digital cameras they will take a series of still photographs that will become their animated film. To give their film a professional finish background music and recorded dialogue can be added.

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 groups demonstrating the different processes and supporting the children to realise their own ideas.

All children will receive a copy of the animation on CD to take home.

Do you need to bring anything?

All course materials and equipment are provided. There are no additional costs for this course.

Who teaches this course?

Scott Johnston

Important Information 

Our enhanced Safeguarding Policy recommends that we hold emergency contact details for all learning and participation activities (including courses), for children and young people under 18 years old and for supported or vulnerable adults. These are to be completed and signed by parents/carers except young people aged 16-18 and supported/vulnerable adults who are able to sign for themselves.

Completed forms must be handed in to our Sales and Information Team prior to the start of the course.

Participant Enrolment Form