Animation Workshop Programme – raising aspirations of learners

Since July 2005, First Campus has successfully worked with the team from Turnip Starfish to deliver the animation programme to learners aged 10 to 18, during the school holidays throughout the year.  Turnip Starfish is an industry specialist, having recently won the 2017 Rhondda Cynon Taf award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Culture at the Youth Engagement and Participation Celebration Event.  Nick Price created Turnip Starfish in 2009 after working and teaching in the TV sector since 1999.  Turnip Starfish delivers workshops, which create an inclusive, vibrant and motivating environment for young people to create imaginative and innovative work.  The workshops take place at the University of South Wales; Treforest Campus, which helps develop the young people’s aspirations and provides them with an excellent experience of an HE environment.  By working with industry experts and those who have studied animation at Higher Education, learners receive an insight into possible careers and University courses.

Animation workshops run throughout the academic year during the school holiday periods, which allows learners to progress from one event to the next, should they wish.  The Animation Summer School takes place during the summer holidays and culminates with a showing of all the work produced to family and friends.  The workshops use industry specification technology and allow individuals to create their own films and art work, covering a wide variety of techniques such as animation, digital illustration, puppet/muppet film making, cartoon drawing and development of their KS4 and KS5 portfolio artwork to name a few.

To date 17 learners who attended the animation workshop have gone on to attend Higher Education. Below is a testimony from one of those.

“From a young age, I knew that I wanted to work in the creative industries and the Turnip Starfish/ First Campus Summer School really helped me hone my interests and gave me a taste of what it must be like to work in the animation industry.  I attended over several years and there was always a colourful array of personalities, with everybody made welcome and the teachers were as friendly as the students, which created a wonderful and lively work environment, perfect for the school holidays.

Tutors Nick and Lexi were very attentive, giving good advice and instruction on animation techniques and a wider range of artistic topics. In fact, I feel like I learned more from them than I did in the entire first year of my Art and Design college course.

Since attending these holiday sessions, I have continued to work on my skills and apply what I have learned to other topics, even entering the odd competition.  I am sure this all helped,  as when I recently applied to university, I got the offers I wanted  including two unconditional offers, from the animation courses that were my top choices.

I have been very lucky to have gone here and hope that many more budding artists will continue to make use of the course, as this is more than just a fun activity. It is an insightful and enriching experience that, I am sure, will continue to help young children and adults work their way into the industry. It’s an idyllic first start for anyone intent on following their creative ambitions.”  Amelia

If you are interested in attending future Animation Workshops visit the Animation Workshop project page for more information.

If you would like to find our more about Turnip Starfish why not visit their website.


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