School’s Out — Now What!?!

School’s Out!  Enroll your child now for one of our Summer Stop-Motion Animation Workshops.

June 19 – 22 1:00 – 5:00

OR

June 26 – 29  8:30 – 12:30


Make Your Claymation Masterpiece!

Claymation is an entertaining form of animation popularized by such favorites as Gumby, Wallace and Gromit and Robot Chicken. Claymation is a fun form of stop-motion animation that kids love to create. The characters are easy to form and move. Plus, you don’t need illustration talent to create successful Claymation stories. In this workshop kids from 9 – 16 will learn basics in photography, character expression, audio capture and video editing. Participants in this hands-on workshop will work closely with one or two collaborative partners to develop a short, stop-motion Claymation story.

This workshop is recommended for kids who are 9 – 16 years of age.

The cost for all four sessions is $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fees).  Here’s the full Claymation workshop program:

Monday, March 6th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Making Pictures Move: Participants will be able to explain how “key framing” establishes the illusion of movement. The student will construct a simple flipbook and be able to explain how animation is affected by different frame rates. Participants will also use digiSTORY KC’s story development model to create a storyboard.

Tuesday, March 7th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Stop-Motion Tools: Students will be able to use Zu3D animation software to create their Claymation story. Students will work with teammates to record and add voiceovers and sound effects to their video timeline. They will then be able to use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture their Claymation images to match the audio timeline.

Wednesday, March 8th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Image Capture for Claymation: Students will be able to photograph the progressive movements of the characters and props in their story at a frame rate of at least 15 frames per second (fps).

Thursday, March 9th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Editing & Publishing Claymation: Students will be able to use the features of the animation software to edit images, add sound effects or voiceovers, and edit the video timeline.  Students will be able to add title frames to the beginning of their stories and crawling credits at the end of their stories.  When the Claymation production piece is final, the student will be able to publish the story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube Channel where links can be shared with family and friends.

Workshop Fee: $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) covers all four sessions.  (Scholarships are available for kids from families facing financial hardship).  By registering for the Session 1: Making Pictures Move session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Students who complete the Claymation requirements will earn a Claymation badge from LRNG-KC:


LEGO Animation Fun!

What’s more fun for kids than playing with LEGO’s? — Bringing LEGO figures to life through stop-motion animation! Using LEGO’s StoryStarter program and ZU3D animation software, kids 7 – 12 years of age will work in teams of 2 or 3 to create animated videos that can be shared with friends and family. This three-session workshop will be held at the digiSTORY Academy at 3210 Michigan Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri.

Students who complete the stop-motion animation requirements will earn a LEGO Show Time badge from LRNG-KC.

This workshop consists of three 1.5 hour sessions:

SESSION 1: STORY CREATING

Learners will explore the fundamentals of how moving pictures are created by creating a flip book. They will then work with their team to create a 6-stage storyboard comic page that features photos of their LEGO characters in action.

Here’s a summary of what students will learn in each of the three workshop sessions:

Monday, March 20th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Story Creating: Learners will explore the fundamentals of how moving pictures are created by assembling a flip book. They will then work with their team to create a 6-stage storyboard comic page that features photos of their LEGO characters in action.

Tuesday, March 21st: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Story Producing: Learners will use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture stop-motion frames of their LEGO characters and story props.  Learner teams will use Zu3D animation software to create their full LEGO stop-motion story.

Thursday, March 23rd: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.   (NOTE: no Wednesday session this week)

  1. Story Sharing: Learners will add features to their LEGO story that add fun for their audiences: titles, crawling credits, word balloons, sound effects and background music. They will post their completed story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube account where their animation can be shared with family and friends.

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Workshop Fee: $30.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) covers all three sessions.  (Scholarships are available for kids from families facing financial hardship).  By registering for the Session 1: Story Creating session, you will automatically be registered for all three sessions.


Every Child is an Artist!

Jeff Daly helps kids embrace their natural creativity–and he encourages teachers to nurture that creativity. When Jeff speaks with kids, he asks them to raise their hands if they are artists. For Kindergarten classes, all of the kids raise their hands. By the third grade about half raise their hands. By the fifth grade a smattering of hands will go up.

Jeff contends “…it is crucial to encourage kids to create. They find their way in the world by expressing themselves and interacting with others. Early in life we are showered with blocks, crayons and finger-paints to stimulate our imagination.  As we grow older, people become more critical of our actions and start making suggestions on how we should behave.   Play is then viewed as a childish activity rather than an important part of the innovative process.”

Cartoonist Jeff Daly will use illustrations and animation to highlight these insights in his upcoming talk “Every Child is an Artist!.”  Jeff worked as a Writer/Artist at Hallmark Cards for 38 years.  He created an award-winning animated short, gave creative talks at Kaleidoscope and grade schools, coached his daughter’s soccer teams and mentored students in the Study Buddy program at Longfellow Elementary School.  His message shares how important confidence and self-esteem are to good performance.

Storytelling combines all forms of self-expression: literature, performing and visual arts. Using animation, Jeff will discuss how to inspire students to use their imagination and gain self-esteem through storytelling.

EVERY CHILD IS AN ARTIST!

Thursday, June 9th

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Think Big Coworking

1712 Main, Kansas City, MO 64108

 

REGISTER to attend this free event

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