Teaching Animation (5)
Last week I gave an animation class for kids at a local education center. I teached a lively (and lovely!) group of seven boys from the age of 8 to 12 years. The course was ment to give them a general idea about the possibilities of hand-made animation techniques.
Some of the kids were absolute naturals and we had a lot of fun with all the techniques we tried… We started with moving toys, next plasticine and sand, but since there were a lot of boys who love to draw, we also did classical drawn animation, too. (We finished 12 animated clips that week… They were so motivated!)
I’d like to share some of my favourites of the drawn animation with you, since these are well done for kids of that age. The boys have quite a faible for any kind of violent stories, so if you don’t like explosions and dead stick figures, don’t watch the clips. I simply wasn’t able to encourage them to draw any pet stories… I’m sorry for that!
This one is drawn by Timur, 10 or 11 years old.
Enrico is 9 years old and drew an volcanic eruption.
Hendrik was our baby being only 8 years old, but I think he did a terrific animation.
Bernhard was the oldest, almost 13 years old, and almost didn’t stop drawing again…
Violence in Media Projects With Kids
Violence is a big issue in working with kids of that age. I remember that we played cops and robbers or Spiderman against God knows who or any other story about two groups fighting each other when I was a kid. But the kids today see much more violence in the TV, on their computers or on their mobiles than we did when we were younger….
This is not meant to be a forum for kitchen table wisdom but I really wonder how to deal with it. I always try to point out to the kids that violence just for their pure aesthetic amusement is an absolute no-go. But the kids usually don’t perceive it as a problem because violence so often is presented as a pure a aesthetic action and not as a pathogenic version of healthy aggression in movies or video games. The kids often don’t see any difference between those…
Do you have any ideas how to deal with this? Do you have any, and if, what are your experiences?