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Cruinniú na nÓg Stop Motion Animation workshops and competition

AGES 8 TO 16

A series of stop motion animation workshops where participants learn how to create their own animated shorts at home.

Workshops begin with a brief history of stop motion animation and participants will make optical toys while learning about the characters that paved the way for animation as we know it today. 

Participants learn how to animate with step by step instructions by experienced tutors. Various techniques such as hand drawn, claymation, legomation and paper cut out stop motion will be demonstrated as participants actively participate. They can then decide to focus on whichever technique is most inspiring to them.

Participants will have all the information they need to create their own animations at home including sound effects, voice recording, green screen and title and credits. 

During the workshops the use of Irish language sayings and folklore is explored and encouraged through image, sound and speech bubbles.

The final animations will be shown in a premiere online screening on the 12th of June as part of Cruinniú na nÓg.

A prize of €100 will be given on the night to the winner of Best Animated Short. 

The shorts will be screened again during the Midleton Arts Festival in July. 

Participants will have all the information they need to create their own animations at home. 

  • The use of Irish language sayings and folklore will be encouraged. A great way to learn Irish expressions, exclamations and onomatopoeia eg. ‘Beagán a rá agus é a rá go maith – Say little but say it well.’
  • No previous animating skills are necessary – suitable for beginners or those with experience who want to practice their skills.

    A way to meet with other animators – a community of like minded people is an important part of the workshops. 
  • Tutors will give feedback as the course progresses and every week the animations made will be shared so participants learn from each other.

Participants will need 

  • Access to Zoom sessions online
  • Smartphone or iPad plus computer/iPad for Zoom sessions
  • Stop Motion Studio app (cost around €5)
  • Basic materials

The event is a series of three Zoom stop motion animation workshops for 2 groups, each open to 15 participants from ages of 8 and 16. 

To book a place email
 with name and age and specify which workshop time you prefer, Group 1 or Group 2.

Workshops will be held: 

Saturday 1st May

Saturday 8th May

Sunday 23rd May 

Group 1 – 11.30 to 1pm

Group 2 – 1.30 to 3pm 

Tutors Belinda Walsh and Ilse De Ziah have been running the Midleton Arts Festival for many years. Their dream is to make art and creativity an accessible and enjoyable part of everyday life for all. Their World in Motion animation workshop was recently a great success for First Cut! Youth Film festival.

Belinda Walsh is a visual artist living and working in Midleton. Graduated from CCAD in 2014 and has over 12 years experience of facilitating visual arts workshops with children, teens and adults. She has a special love for the magic of stop motion animation which she loves to share with others. 

Ilse de Ziah is a musician, filmmaker, composer and sound engineer. She graduated from Cork School of Music and has facilitated music workshops for children, teens and adults. She composes soundtracks for film and animation and produced an award winning documentary “Living the Tradition”.

Participants say:

“People at school don’t understand my love of animation so it’s great to have a community”

“I loved learning how to use green screen”

“My favourite thing was meeting other people”

Parents say:

“Matthew comes from the workshops absolutely floating. He is loving the experience. It’s just a wonderful all round experience for him, he loves how it is facilitated and enjoys being with ‘like-minded people’. He is just loving the creativity and the learning. He sees himself directing a Star Wars movie somewhere down the road….and why not!!

As parents we just want to thank ye both so much for making this happen. Thank you both!!!”

“How cool, great, awesome the animation is!!! Eve is absolutely loving it, you girls rock!”

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