This month I visited a primary school in Chichester, Sussex to add my input to a project already started by a class of 5-6 year olds. There were pictures on the wall of the children dressed as their favourite superheroes, action figures and books on display, and sound bubbles (Bang, Smash, Zoom, etc.) on notice boards. They had obviously had a good start on the subject and were already creating their own comic characters.
I wasn’t expecting them to be so far advanced on the topic so I had to adjust my presentation and workshop a little to take that into account but it worked well, the enthusiasm and interest of the pupils made sure of that.
We started with templates of superhuman men and women and the kids added their own accessories, such as; masks, hoods, capes, weapons, emblems, gloves, boots and the like.
There was a good range of different components and colours and some great invention.
Here are a couple of examples:
We then used a comic panels template and some simple superhero characters to do a short strip cartoon story. Again, the results were great fun and each child interpreted the strip in their own way, some quite simple, some incredibly inventive, all unique.
I was happy to end with a resounding ‘Thank You’ from the pupils and a return invitation from the teacher.
I currently have a return request for another cartoon workshop from a primary school in Surrey that I visited last July. The theme then was ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’. I’ll let you know how that goes in the near future.
This month also saw the completion of a long term project that I’ve been working on for a finance company in Richmond. This involved designing text and images positioning on pages for
e-learning courses. This came from creating a series of videoscribe cartoon animations for the company. I’ll be uploading a short extract from one of them soon, as well as currently working on a promotion videoscribe for myself at the moment.