Wellsboro, Pennsylvania – Two weeks of digital arts, animation and film camps are taking place this summer at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts in Wellsboro.
From July 25 through August 5, Rand Whipple of the Box of Light Digital Arts Studio will host free camps for children in Tioga County and surrounding areas.
Learning topics include stop motion animation, green screen film, robotics, e-books, and more.
The deadline to register for one or more of the four free camps is Friday July 1st. There are only 15 spots for each camp, so early registration is encouraged.
To register, call the Deane Center at (570) 724-6220.
Digital Arts Camp
This camp is for children 8 to 12 years old. It offers a different challenge every day, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29.
“We’ll cover clay, green screen, film, e-books and robotics,” Whipple said. “Children will sculpt, build, film and program. This camp will give them a taste of digital arts. One of these processes could be their future career.
Stop action animation
In one of Box of Light’s most popular classes, children will use art, film and computers to create stop motion animations like ‘Coraline’, ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Kubo and the Two Strings”, the Wallace and Gromit series, and many other popular films.
This camp takes place from July 25 to July 29 from noon to 2 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 can learn to make inanimate objects like clay, paper, paint, and even found objects like bottle caps stand up and move to tell a story. Films created during this camp will be available on the Box of Light website.
Lego crazy camp
Children ages 6 to 8 can learn to create animations using Lego figures and bricks from August 1 to 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Working in teams of three, young participants will plan, build and then film stop motion animation using mini Lego figs and sets of Lego bricks. Once the animation is complete, these young filmmakers will learn how to add sound, titles and the most important credits for their own Lego creation.
There will also be a side of robotics with a glorious camp day dedicated to building and programming robots using the Lego Mindstorms system.
zombie movie camp
Children from 9 to 12 years old can participate in the Zombie Film Camp. It will be from Monday August 1st to Friday August 5th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Young people will learn how to frame a shot, play for the camera, structure a dramatic or comic scene, edit a video, make sound effects, and even create a simple musical score. It’s a chance for them to unleash their inner zombie and spend some quality time as the undead.
Film screening festival
The camps will end with a Film Screening Festival on Friday, August 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Young filmmakers can invite their friends and family to a special screening on the last day of camp. They’ll walk the red carpet, pose for the paparazzi and enjoy movies from all the campers in the large Deane Center Community Hall.
Free workshop for school teachers
School teachers are encouraged to learn how to use stop motion animation in the classroom.
“Stop Motion Animation is a great team-building activity for students,” Whipple said. “It can be used to support curriculum, understand drama structure, and develop writing skills and social skills.”
Whipple will show teachers the best apps, gear, and ways to use shutdown animation with their students, whether iPads, Chromebooks, or Android tablets are used in the classroom.
This workshop is a hands-on experience. Teachers will create their own short film as they learn the animation process.
To register for this workshop or for more information, teachers should contact Rand Whipple directly at (570) 764-3288.