Ages 11-14

The Workshop

Join Can Do Academy to learn about stop-motion animation and make some of your own! You will learn about how to make a full animated film with iPads, using sound effects, visual effects and title sequences.

You will learn about the basics of film making, how to storyboard an animation, and how to differentiate the animation techniques. You will be able to create your own storyline and learn the do's and dont's of effective animation which you can apply at home. Participants can also learn how to use a green screen as a background for your animation allowing you to select a 'make believe' background.

The Animators

Jenny Simon is an experienced Art and Moving Image Arts teacher who has worked on a broad range of projects within the Education and Community Arts sectors. Jenny began exploring animation nearly two decades ago during her first teaching job as a way of engaging teenage boys who were loosing interest in Art. Since then she has facilitated animation and digital photo manipulation workshops for a range of clients including Belfast City council, Cinemagic, Titanic Belfast, CCEA and NVTV. Jenny says ‘ I enjoy working out how to engage and encourage participants, how to find the right style of animation for them and working to enable them to communicate an idea or express a feeling’.

Joel Simon is a practicing animator, current director of Hola Lola Animations and previously the founder of Flickerpix Animations.  He has over twenty years experience working in the animation industry and has worked with clients including CBBC, Comic Relief, Sesame Street and Channel 4.  Joel has been delivering animation and storyboarding workshops for years, working with Cinemagic, Nerve Belfast, NVTV and a range of Art centres across Northern Ireland.  Joel enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for animation with kids and seeing them develop new skills.

Together Jenny and Joel have three children, it is through the experience of battling screen time allowances with their children that the idea of Can Do Academy was born!.

Jenny and Joel believe in using iPad time to creatively stretch the minds of young people, using iPads to develop new skills and get the brain working. 

https://www.candoacademy.co.uk

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