Workshop II (Summer Holiday Report)
The summer holidays had ended several weeks ago and I still owe you some results from my workshops So, here it is:
The text is completely in German. There are only a few spoken sentences mostly referring to the observed action.
I had two courses, and the video above was made by the younger kids. Their age ranged from 9 to 11. Altogether, the kids worked about 15 hours on that film. And yet I’m still stunned what they had archieved.
Two things happenend: first they were surprised how much work animation actually is and second, how much fun it is to watch the puppets coming to life.
I kept the setup simple trying not to concern them with too much technical stuff: We had an DV cam which we eventually used to record audio effects after filming. There were also two Ikea desk lamps and my tiny iBook with all the required software. And we had several cables we stuck to the floor with gaffer tape to avoid stumbling and after this, completely resetting our studio.
I tried to encourage the kids to tell a story together because I want to motivate them to bundle their energy. If anyone needed a pause, the others took over. Younger children often don’t have too much stamina. This worked pretty good but we then had to face another problem…
The girls wanted to tell a pet story and the nine year old buy wanted to do an AC/DC concert. But we managed to put these opposites together as you can see above. The boy really was a fan and I hope AC/DC won’t see a problem here. I just couldn’t persuade him to use some other (rights free) music.
The kids had a great time and so had I. I love working with children because they tend to be totally free in their creative decisions. They just do things without struggling so much.
And despite the simple equipment their ideas were wonderful and realisable. They often found solutions on their own. And I learned from them again as well. My most favourite insight of that week is that we need to play to develope solutions. I am too often too worried about seriousity.
What are your experiences with kids and arts? Did you ever do (animation or art) workshops with kids? What did they teach you? I’d love to read your experiences.