The animations that we have worked on over the last few weeks have been an attempt to try some new models and develop some of the older ones we already have. This has been interesting in new spaces as we have had different participants and different themes. This was also challenging due to only having two weeks to work on the animations rather than a full three weeks. This has an effect on the content, be it the amount of layers or the length of the final piece. It also gives the participants and the centres less time to become accustomed and familiar with us and what we are doing.
Having said that, the work from the groups has once again been outstanding. The focus and ability of the 0 - 5 year olds we have been working with has really been astonishing. We hear constant amazement at what they achieve by parents, who comment that they are surprise their child could focus for that long, as well as learning to move the characters, bugs or objects as part of an animation. The reaction of the participants is also very rewarding, as they see what they have moved come to life. It is these magic moments that are what workshopping is about - the feelings and memory of amazement that will have an effect on the participant and live with them for quite a while.
This was an exciting new model, and came out brilliantly due to being able to work collaboratively with Scott who has developed these foam creatures. Making them come to life really enabled the creation of these creatures to be more substantial for the participants, and it would be interesting to see how they could be turned into more intricate creatures with names, personalities and backstories. This type of development take the learning and development of the participants even further.
Beacon Heath Allotment:
Although we took elements of some of the other layering models we had used, the premise of this animation was really interesting. As we looked at what vegetables might grow in the allotment, Kevin was working with the group to actually use their allotment and to cook food from the vegetables they might find there. Exploring the topic through different approaches really allows them to fill out their understanding in different ways, and enables the participants to learn and absorb information in a way that suits their learning style.
It was a lot of fun looking at different types of bugs, and splitting it up so that the participants actually had to distinguish between flying bugs and crawling bugs before they started animating. This enabled a deeper understanding of the work, as well as using different styles of animation to make this understandable - the lightbox for the flying creatures and standard 2D bluescreen for the crawling bugs. Over these two week the young people used an array of different materials to make this animation happen, and this will open their minds to different stylistic approaches that we can take further at a later date. They also filmed the backgrounds and we hope that we can do more of that too.