Animating the Holidays at the NFB
While there are many reasons why it would be great to be a child during the next month or so, one of my main reasons for wanting to be a kid is because of the NFB Holiday Animation Workshops, running this year from December 27 to January 4. The daily hands-on workshops allow children between the ages of 6 and 13 to explore the fascinating worlds of clay and paper cut-out animation, and each child finishes their very own mini-movie at the end of the session.
If you're looking for a Christmas gift for the little tyke (son, daughter, nephew, niece, kid that keeps following you around in the neighborhood, etc.) in your life, you really can't go wrong the NFB Holiday Animation Workshops. With an admission price of $5 per child â or free with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the Daily Bread Food Bank of Toronto â the workshops not only allow for some good bonding time with your younger buddy, but also give adults and children alike the opportunity to exercise their creativity and share their movies with the world.
The theme of the year has been inspired by the ballet The Nutcracker, and during each workshop expert facilitators will show you how to create Nutcracker characters out of clay and paper cut-outs, and bring them to life using professional animation equipment. Each child will be able to take home their Nutcracker mini-movie, and all movies will be posted on-line after the holidays.
Here's a quick look at all the workshops that will make up the NFB Holiday Animation Workshops, each running at noon and 3pm each day:
You can find more information about the NFB Holiday Animation Workshops on the NFB Mediatheque workshop schedule, and more about the many great things you can do at the NFB around the holiday season (including buying unique gifts!) on the NFB website.
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