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  • Gaia Mazzola

Cresceréarte X Vapaakaupungin Olohuone - Helsinki



Fall 2020/Spring 2021: the meeting between cresceréarte and Vapaakaupungin Olohuone gave birth to a series of animation workshops, targeted to 1.-6. graders.


The workshops aimed to involve children in the creation of a short animated movie. Each workshop was divided in two part: the first day was focused on storyboarding, the second concentrated on animating. The participants were guided step-by-step into the production process: from story ideation, to animation and final editing.

The participants were in charge of the creation of the story and its translation into visuals. The stories were based participants' suggestions and own interests, which were collected through post-its and then combined in a sequential way.


The workshop facilitated children's creative thinking, by posing different challenges: how to create a story out of seemingly unrelated topics? How to translate this into visuals? How to make the best out of the given material, in order to create this animation?

It was very interesting to see how children from different age groups found solutions to these questions. Especially, working in group with others they have never met before. Each animation was different from the others and involved a diverse range of materials, styles and humor!


The experience was concluded with a short premiere, were all the shorts were broadcasted online to the participants.


I feel extremely grateful to have been able to facilitate these workshops, despite the still on-going pandemic. Thanks to Vapaakaupungin Olohuone that made all of this possible!



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