Back at the Whipton Children’s Centres’ ‘Stay and Play’ session, we have been working on Bugs again but this time taking the animation and film work forward. With Kate Mitchell, the children have been working on backgrounds and puppets to be used to create a little film. It has been great working collaboratively on this model, as the children have been getting a much more holistic experience. The puppets and backgrounds have been more complicated and the participants have had to work harder and more creatively. The animation we have been working on also moved forward as we focused much more heavily on replacement animation, thereby extending and improving on the children’s technical knowledge. Although we only worked on a few sessions, the film is technically much more proficient and you can really see that the children’s grasp of animation is hugely improved. As workshop artists we have also been able to develop our model, with the input from the children and the other artists we are collaborating with. This type of focused development is so important but often so difficult without the sustainability of running these sessions weekly. This is something we hope we can keep up over a longer time period - it is exciting to think where we will be in another 6 months.