Holiday workshops on stop motion animation and cartooning

Stop Motion Animation: Some of the tools used at Toonworld workshops.

Stop Motion Animation: Some of the tools used at Toonworld workshops.

Cartoon and animation education outfit Toonworld is offering its first-ever workshops for children in Newcastle during the July school holidays.

Although company boss Mike Wheeler is based in Raymond Terrace, his business has focused on servicing school holiday students through vacation care sites.

Now, he is offering public cartooning and animation classes for children ages 5 to 12 at The Creator Incubator workshed in Broadmeadow.  

The cost is $70 for a one-day session, from 10am to 2pm. There will be sessions on Monday, July 9, and Monday, July 16.

Materials are supplied, although children are encouraged to bring their own Lego and action figures. Mornings dedicated to cartooning and afternoons to stop motion animation. Children must bring their own morning tea and lunch.

The cartooning sessions draw from Toonworld’s own workbook and creating stories about Toonworld characters while inventing their own. 

Children will work in small teams to make the animation films, with the final products uploaded to the web with parental permission. The animation involves iPads and stop motion technology, with students taught a frame-by-frame process for creating a film, including the voiceover/dialogue.

To book find The Creator Incubator on facebook or toonworld.com.au.

The courses are accredited by Children’s University Australia.