School holidays for us usually involves travel and camping trips for our family but with Adelaide United hosting semi-finals tonight, slap bang in the middle of the term break, it really was a conflict of the heart. The love of sport vs the love of nature. On this occasion sports has won out. As a result we have been at home and occupying children has had to be far more deliberate to keep them off the idiot box and other similar electronic media.
We are unbelievably blessed to have the amazing resourcing of the Onkaparinga Libraries who always have a full school holiday program offering for us to engage the children in as desired. They are one of the many tools in our parenting toolbag when it comes to our large family.
One of the features of our school holiday activities has been having a couple of our boys participate in a workshop on still motion animation with Michael from GooRoo Animation Studios at Woodcroft Library yesterday. The boys were given a walkthrough of how animations were created then given the chance to construct their own characters and spend some time making their own clips. The boys had an absolute blast and learned so very much. When we asked the boys about the workshop their response was:
They gave good advice about making the models good to not get cracks in them and not to move the characters too far between shots because it then looks robotic.
It was awesome and everything about it was fun.
For boys who are not very talkative about their experiences, please consider this a 5 star report!
The awesome thing about the GooRoo Animation workshops is that they are available to be booked by anyone, so it is something that can be run at your school or community group and it leaves me wondering… …if it is something that could be done for a birthday party instead of other cash sink-holes? Maybe? One way or another, I expect the rest of the tribe will be interested in having a similar opportunity at another time in the future. (Actually, Jeremy and I both would have liked to have learned more about it also!)
Visit the appropriate web site link here to find out more about Onkaparing Library school holiday activities, GooRoo Animation, and other educational/school workshops. How fortunate are we to have such great opportunities for our children as close as one of our local libraries?
Feature image and inset image used by persmission – GooRoo Animation.