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Online Animation Camp for Kids with Julie Forrester

All places on the Online Animation Camp have now been booked. If you haven't managed to grab a place, stay tuned for some animation surprises coming to our website soon...

We are excited to announce that we will soon be hosting an Online Animation Camp for kids!

With the help of Zoom and an app called Stop Motion Studio (available for iOS and Android), artist-facilitator Julie Forrester will guide us day-by-day through the magic of stop-motion animation, give us time to experiment and help us to create amazing movies using our smartphones or tablets – and all in our own homes!

Take a look below at the general overview of how the Camp will be run and what kind of equipment and materials are required to take part.

Places on this Animation Camp are free to book but are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you and your child/children would like to attend, please book your spot through our Eventbrite page.

If you need any further information, please contact the Learn and Explore team at Crawford Art Gallery by emailing or


Date: Monday 13th – Friday 17th July 2020 inclusive

11am-12 noon: Zoom Demonstrations and Instructions led by Julie Forrester
12 noon-2pm: Lunch Break/Time for Individual Experimenting from 12 noon-2pm
From 2pm: Scheduled 20-minute tutorial slots starting from 2pm in smaller groups with Julie Forrester

Price: Demonstrations and tutorials with Julie are free of charge, with some costs for essential equipment/materials needed (see below)

Suitability: Most suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years old

General Overview of Camp Schedule

DAY 1: Monday 13th July

Morning session:
Introduction to the Principles of Stop-Motion Animation
How to Use the Stop Motion Studio App (demonstration)
Focus on Cut-Out Motion: Julie will set up a screen to show how to create movement using characters from her own collection.

Afternoon session: Zoom Tutorial Slots in Smaller Groups
Timetabled 20-minute slots set up in smaller groups of 5 for extra help and/or to ask questions if necessary.

DAY 2: Tuesday 14th July
Morning Session:
Focus on Charcoal Drawing
Focus on Adding Audio Recording Live Sound

Afternoon session:
Zoom Tutorial Slots in Smaller Groups

DAY 3: Wednesday 15th July
Morning session:
Focus on Claymation and How to Add Audio Files to Videos

Afternoon session:
Zoom Tutorial Slots in Smaller Groups

DAY 4: Thursday 16th July
Morning session:
Focus on Object Motion and Pixelation

Afternoon session:
Zoom Tutorial Slots in Smaller Groups

DAY 5: Friday 17th July
Morning session:
Final Tips and Tricks, Findings and Favourites and a Cinema Session

General Materials/Equipment/Set-Up Required:

  • Stop Motion Studio App (€5.99 approx.) to be installed on a smartphone or tablet in advance of the Animation Camp (a free version is also available but the Features version is recommended to be able to access a full range of features). See image below for the recommended version of the app available for purchase for iPhones in the Apple App Store. Android equivalent also available.
Stop Motion Studio Pro
  • A clear desk or table top for working on with shelf above it to point a camera down to flat surface of table top. You will have to improvise a camera stand if this is not possible! (e.g. 2 chairs and rods to balance phone/tablet pointing down to flat floor). A step by step demo on how to set up the animation space will be forwarded to all participants a few weeks before the camp starts.
  • Some extra space nearby for keeping props and characters to hand.
  • 2 chopsticks
  • Weights (e.g. books) to hold the chopsticks in place
  • Drawing board/chopping board/piece of timber (60 x 45 cm approx.)
  • Props, blocks or books for elevating platform closer to camera if necessary
  • NOTICE in advance the light and direction of the light: is it natural light or electric? This will help to minimise shadows.

More specific materials lists will be issued to the participants for each day of the camp ahead of its commencement. These will be quite simple in general and can be improvised with whatever is most readily available at home.

Important, please note:

  • Children participating in the Animation Camp will be required to have an adult’s supervision at all times during these Zoom sessions in order to participate.
  • Demonstrations on how to use the Stop Motion Studio App will be given using an Apple iPhone. Participants with Android/other kinds of devices will be required to find the equivalent functions and features on their own devices.
  • Artist-facilitator Julie Forrester and an additional support moderator from the Learn and Explore team at Crawford Art Gallery will attend each Zoom Animation Camp session. The sessions will be recorded (but not used for promotional purposes).
  • Neither Julie nor the support moderator will be able to solve technical problems during the Camp, so please ensure that your devices and the app are in good working order in advance of the Camp.
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