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For Teachers/Schools:
Animation is a versatile activity, suitable for all classrooms with an Arts, English or STEM focus. Our workshops support the Australian curriculum, providing an engaging activity to help develop the general capabilities of Critical and Creative Thinking, ICT, Personal and Social Capability and Literacy. It's a fun way to practice storytelling, problem solving, collaboration and creativity. The workshops will develop these skills and many more, providing the knowledge and inspiration to start making movies either at home or at school. Information can be provided to teachers about how to continue the animation program after our workshop. All workshops are suitable for middle-upper primary. A range of workshops are also available for junior primary and high school.

For Libraries/OSHC/vacation care providers:
Animation is a perfect school holiday activity, as it keeps kids engaged in learning throughout the break with an enjoyable and creative exercise. Kids will come away with a movie to show their parents at the end of the day, and a new hobby they can pursue during their time away from school. The workshops are in high demand during the school holidays so book early to avoid disappointment.

For parents looking to host an animation party:
Animation is great for parties too! We can take the workshops anywhere, so can turn your home into an animation studio, or host the party at any other venue you are able to provide. As family budgets are often less than a library or OSHC, a discounted rate of $350 is available for parties. However they may only be booked on weekends throughout the school term, not during the school holidays.

Workshop Facilitator - Cameron Edser
Since helping to establish the workshop program in 2013, Cameron has run hundreds of workshops all around South Australia, providing thousands of children with the opportunity to become animators. Along with his GooRoo buddy Michael Richards, he has been animating since he was a kid so he can’t help but share in the excitement of his students. His lifetime of film making experience gives him a wealth of knowledge, which he loves to share with the next generation of animators. Teaching and animation are his passions in life, so he divides his time between kid's workshops, lecturing in animation at Uni SA, and working on his own animated projects.



Space and Equipment Requirements:
All the equipment and materials will be provided. All that is required from your end is a space at least the size of a typical classroom with tables and chairs. A hall, gym, or art room would be ideal.

Times, Age Limits and Group Sizes:
The workshops are flexible and can be tailored to suit any schedule or situation. Below is a guide to each workshop activity. Most activities have a max group size of 30 in schools with a teacher present, or 24 if run independently. The times and age limits are negotiable. Please contact us with your specific requirements and we will do our best to accommodate.




Pricing:
$495 for 1st session / $295 for subsequent sessions
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Contact:
Email: workshops@goorooanimation.com
Phone: Cameron on 0400 034 692



Claymation is our most popular workshop and recommended as the ideal activity to run initially. The workshop consists of a theoretical component, where participants learn about the different types of animation, watch GooRoo's film Animal Instincts and find out how it was made. They will then create their own clay characters and animate them using the Stop Motion Studio app, before watching their films at the end of the session.
Duration: 3-4 hours (for a shorter claymation exercise see "Clay Plays" below)

Setup / Pack up / Reset time:
2hrs setup / 1hr pack up / 30min reset between sessions

Recommended Age:
5+ (best suited for ages 8-13)

Group Size:
30 max in schools, 24 max elsewhere (Ideally 15-20 participants)

Further Info:
See our Claymation Workshops video or our profile on TV show Totally Wild

Promo Pack:
Download this file to promote your Claymation Workshop event.
____________-It includes images and a description of the activity: Claymation.zip




Lego is as popular now as it ever has been. With all the blockbuster Lego films coming out, kids can't wait to make their own. This workshop is highly practical and hands on. We'll also watch some Lego movies to analyse and learn from. We provide a huge range of Lego sets and colourful themed backdrops to suit all interests, but kids are also welcome to bring in their favourite sets from home.
Duration: 2-3 hours

Setup / Pack up / Reset time:
2hrs setup / 1hr pack up / 30min reset between sessions

Recommended Age:
5+ (best suited for ages 8-13)

Group Size:
30 max in schools, 24 max elsewhere (Ideally 15-20 participants)

Further Info:
Lego Animation

Promo Pack:
Download this file to promote your Lego Animation Workshop event.
____________-It includes images and a description of the activity:
Lego.zip



The Mixed Media Animation workshop is a highly creative exercise with limitless potential. Using a chalkboard as the backdrop and an assortment of craft materials as animation tools, participants will create their own 2D stop motion animation, captured with the Stop Motion Studio app. The mobile devices will be setup on stands looking down at the table so the extra height can be an issue for smaller children if low tables aren't available. This workshop is well suited for high school classes as we get into some advanced animating techniques.
Duration: 2-3 hours

Setup / Pack up / Reset time:
2hrs setup / 1hr pack up / 20min reset between sessions

Recommended Age:
8+ (best suited for ages 12-17 and is tailored according to age)

Group Size:
30 max in schools, 24 max elsewhere (Ideally 15-20 participants)

Further Info:
Mixed Media Animation

Promo Pack:
Download this file to promote your Mixed Media Animation Workshop event.
____________-It includes images and a description of the activity:
Mixed_Media.zip



Using whiteboards is a quick and easy way to create 2D animation, and works great as a basic introduction to the technique. Participants will create their own drawn animated sequence, captured with the Stop Motion Studio app. The mobile devices will be setup on stands looking down at the table so the extra height can be an issue for smaller children if low tables aren't available.
Duration: 1-2 hours

Setup/Pack up/Reset time:
2hrs setup / 1hr pack up / 20min reset between sessions

Recommended Age:
5+ (best suited for ages 8-13)

Group Size:
30 max in schools, 24 max elsewhere (Ideally 8-12 participants as this activity is better suited to working individually on each film but small groups can also work)

Further Info:
Whiteboard Animation

Promo Pack:
Download this file to promote your Whiteboard Animation Workshop event.
____________-It includes images and a description of the activity:
Whiteboard.zip



Pixilation workshops are great for active kids that want to star in their own movies. Participants will animate themselves doing extraordinary things like going through walls, sliding around on one leg or even flying. It is an ideal workshop if you are low on time or want to fit in many sessions in a day, as it takes less time than every other workshop to setup and pack up. A large space, preferably outside, is required so it is better suited to warmer months.
Duration: 1-2 hours

Setup/Pack up/Reset time:
1hr setup / 30min pack up / 15min reset between sessions

Recommended Age:
5+

Group Size:
30 max in schools, 24 max elsewhere (Ideally 10-20. Larger groups are fine but will require extra supervision if working outside.)

Further Info:
Pixilation

Promo Pack:
Download this file to promote your Pixilation Workshop event.
____________-It includes images and a description of the activity:
Pixilation.zip



Flipbooks are a great way to learn the basic principles of animation. Participants will witness first hand how flipbooks produce "persistence of vision" and discover how this optical illusion makes all animation possible. They'll use small notepads as the perfect canvas for their mini artwork and head home with not just a flipbook, but also a video produced by photographing each page on the Stop Motion Studio app.
Duration: 2-3 hours

Setup/Pack up/Reset time:
2hrs setup / 45min pack up / 15min reset between sessions

Recommended Age:
7+ (best suited for ages 10+ as it requires more patience)

Group Size:
30 max in schools, 24 max elsewhere (Ideally 15-20 participants)

Further Info:
Flipbooks

Promo Pack:
Download this file to promote your Flipbook Workshop event.
____________-It includes images and a description of the activity:
Flipbooks.zip



Skittles Animation workshops are a fun way to get kids excited about animation. It demonstrates that animation can be done with anything. This exercise is essentially whiteboard animation with the addition of skittles. Each participant will get a packet of skittles to use in their animation any way they can imagine. They must wait until the end of the session to eat their skittles so it is also a challenging exercise in patience and self control. This activity is best suited for a school holiday program or as a treat at the end of a series of other animation workshops.
Duration: 2 hours

Setup/Pack up/Reset time:
2hrs setup / 1hr pack up / 20min reset between sessions

Recommended Age:
7+ (best suited ages 8-13)

Group Size:
30 max in schools, 24 max elsewhere

Further Info:
Skittles Animation

Promo Pack:
Download this file to promote your Skittles Animation Workshop event.
____________-It includes images and a description of the activity:
Skittles.zip



The Clay Plays workshop is a condensed version of the Claymation workshop. Participants get straight to the animating rather than each making a clay character. They start with balls of clay that are rolled, squished, moved and moulded into new creations in front of the camera. They will capture all the action along the way with the Stop Motion Studio app to see these clay balls magically morph and evolve all by themselves.
Duration: 1-2.5 hours

Setup/Pack up/Reset time:
2hrs setup / 1hr pack up / 20min reset between sessions

Recommended Age:
5+ (best suited ages 8-13)

Group Size:
30 max in schools, 24 max elsewhere (Ideally 15-20 participants)

Further Info:
Clay Plays

Promo Pack:
Download this file to promote your Clay Plays Workshop event.
____________-It includes images and a description of the activity:
Clay_Plays.zip



This series of 4 Advanced Stop Motion Workshops is best done following a Claymation Workshop as a course of 5 sessions with the same group of participants, perhaps over a week or 1 day per week for 5 weeks. Each Advanced Stop Motion session has its own theme so can be done individually but will assume the prior knowledge and skills gained in an introductory animation workshop (any of the activities above). This course is ideal for schools looking to delve deeper into Stop Motion Animation.
Duration: 2-3 hours each workshop

Setup / Pack up:
2hrs setup / 1hr pack up each workshop (If done on consecutive days then just 1hr is required between each workshop)

Recommended Age:
10+ (best suited for ages 12-17 and is tailored according to age)

Group Size:
30 max in schools, 24 max elsewhere

Promo Pack:
Download this file to promote your Advanced Stop Motion Course.
____________-It includes images and a description of the activity:
Advanced_Stop_Motion.zip


Workshop 1: Set Construction
In this workshop, we'll take a close look at the set making that was done for GooRoo's film "My Neighbourhood Has Been Overrun by Baboons". Participants will then create their own props from the materials provided and decorate their backdrops before creating a short animated film using their creations. Set construction is a craft that takes time and practice to master, but with a few basic skills and knowledge of which materials to choose, the production design of films can dramatically improve.
 

Workshop 2: Cinematography
This workshop will cover lighting, composition and camera movement. Participants will break down GooRoo's film "Animal Instincts" to discover how to create dynamic moving camera shots like tracks, pedestals, whip pans and zollys. They will then practice creating their own moving shots using custom made motion camera rigs that are easy to replicate and build at home with a few basic materials. These advanced camera techniques open the door to exciting film making possibilities.
 

Workshop 3: Special Effects
This workshop will look at how to create a green screen, choose an appropriate backdrop, overlay explosions or other effects on videos and remove wires or unwanted rigging. All these tools are possible in the Stop Motion Studio app but require some key knowledge and skills for them to work effectively. Participants will learn these skills with the aid of GooRoo’s film “Animal Instincts”, which is packed with special effects that can be broken down and analysed. They will then practice these techniques with the creation of a green screen animation using Stikbots. Special Effects allow film makers to break away from the limitations of their physical set, providing the possibility of limitless story ideas.

Workshop 4: Story Development
In this workshop, we will discuss some valuable strategies to producing a great story, like brainstorming, script writing and storyboarding. Participants will look at when and where these strategies can work best by discussing how GooRoo Animation has used them to develop their film ideas. They will then apply these strategies to a collaborative project, each animating a small component of a longer story. These will be pieced together and presented as the final production for the course.