InspirEd Summer


A massive thank you to all of the organisations and charity’s who invited us to run sessions this summer.  We ran 18 in total! The main theme for the holiday was literacy, focusing on the wonderful books of Roald Dahl.

We teamed up with The Summer Reading Challenge  in support of their Big Friendly Read to encourage children to read more books.  Each week we focused on a different Roald Dahl book or theme.

During the sessions children and grownups had 2hrs to think of an idea, draw and make a character, decorate a background and animate a short video.  Some families took part more than once so we introduced more advanced techniques for those who repeatedly came.

Here are a few of our favourite stopmotion films made by young animators this summer.

Alliteration InspirEd by Fantastic Mr Fox

Sightseeing insects InspirEd by James And The Giant Peach

Transformation InspirEd by The Witches

Dream Jars using pixilation InspirEd by The BFG

And heres a brilliant example of a cloud Parallax 

We appreciate everyone who took the time to participate and learn new skills.  Our main aim is to encourage children to animate at home.  We give them the basics then they can use a tablet or a smart phone to make their own films at home using free animation apps.

At one venue we taught 106 participants.  Below are some of their wonderful comments about the sessions.

Some of the comments include:

  • Really inspiring for young animators
  • A good session to try something new and different
  • It was really fun and easy to do
  • A fun event enjoyed by all
  • It was awesome and fantastic
  • Loved it – great quality – Dawn is brilliant J
  • Fun, exciting and can be done at home
  • It was epic! (Owen, 6 years old)
  • Library staff/volunteers and Dawn (instructor) superb. Fantastic that children can go on from this workshop and use what they have learnt immediately from skills taught today. Using imagination, better that Xbox
  • Really great event, kids really engaged!

And the best things people gained:

  • Learning new things
  • Understanding animation and how stop frame animation films are made
  • Ability to stretch imagination and make awesome plasticine figures
  • Got new ideas
  • Confidence and imagination
  • Learning new skills
  • How to make the movements of characters more realistic
  • New skills and now I can try it at home
  • Teamwork
  • Inspiration to animate
  • Interest in model making and animation
  • Building my confidence

“Animation Workshop at Bilton & Woodfield Library on 3rd of August was excellent. Please do them again in summer holidays and in conjunction with children’s classes on Saturdays if you are planning any such ICT skills for kids. Dawn from Inspired was amazing. My child is going to try it at home doing animation stories and creating characters as a result of the workshop. He wanted to learn animation for some time and I could not find anywhere in this area for kids. Thank you so much”.  – Participating parent

There are photos from the summer workshops on our Facebook page

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Photos by David Lindsay, provided by North Yorkshire County Council Libraries. 










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