Lakeside Arts at Cantrell Primary School

DCIM100MEDIA Last week I was invited to run a Sojo Animation workshop alongside the Lakeside Arts learning team at Cantrell Primary School in Bulwell.

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The kids in year five have been thinking about ‘persuasive arguments’ and have been using the book ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ to explore their ideas.  What a cracking idea! Hats off to the teacher that thought of this. In the book the animals try to persuade a man not to cut down their tree. thegreatkapoktree Rachel from the Lakeside Arts learning team transformed the class room into a rain-forest the evening prior to the workshops, ready for the children to discover in the morning. When I arrived at the school even the reception staff were full of smiles and excitement about how fabulous the room looked. I was in a less rainforesty (made up word alert!) room, but armed with a projector.  The children animated their rain forest animals in ONLY 2 FRAMES (that’s extra tricky) and then handed over their freshly snapped jpeg files to me, to take away and compile into one, quite frankly, BRILLIANT animation. Well guys…I promised you that your characters would come alive in seven days so here you are. 🙂

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20/20 Eastmidlands Filmmakers Showcase: featuring 3 Sojo ‘Thunk of the Day’ Animations.

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I am over the moon that my 3 little ‘Thunk of the Day’ animations have been selected for this! Here’s Thunk no.1, incase you know not what I speak of.

The concept is brilliantly simple… 20 short films from 20 filmmakers based in the East Midlands.  Thank you Beeston Film for another excuse to celebrate the huge pool of creative talent we are surrounded by.

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Sojo Animation and Lakeside Arts @ Woodlands School for a ‘World Book Day’ themed Workshop.

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Tomorrow Sojo Animation will be joining Lakeside Arts at Woodlands School to run a World Book Day themed workshop. We’ll be diving into the world of Roald Dahl and creating some of our own particularly horrible characters! I feel very proud to be involved. Thanks to the West 8 Education Improvement Partnership, which aims to: Raise standards of literacy. Increase parental involvement to improve school attendance and raise standards of achievement. Raise aspirations of children, young people, and their families in the community. Further develop the extended schools and and services in the area.

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Wow! What a lovely day.  I met some wonderful kids this morning, who created some fantastic characters.  I wish I could share with you the presentations the children gave when sharing artwork with the group. Agh well… Here are a few pics…

This is a 35 year old lady who works with children and has 198 of her own children.   She has red eyes, but not because she’s evil.

These dogs were all drawn by the same child.  You wouldn’t believe how quickly he could create these sketches. I was completely blown away.

This was an evil platypus who was able to plug himself up to a conductor and harness the energy from lightening to do terrible things.

So it turns out that Woodlands School, a special needs school in Aspley, is full of the most incredibly brilliant children.

Thank you for having us.

‘Thunk of the Day’ A short animation series featuring your child (if you’d like).

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‘Thunk of the Day’ is a series of short animations featuring the artwork, a thought, and the voice of a child.  It is a wonderful way to celebrate, share and remember the precious early years.

If you are interested in a bespoke ‘Thunk of the Day’ featuring your child, or simply want to find out more about the process, then send an email to hello@sojo.pro or leave a comment on this blog post and I will be in touch.

Order during January 2015 for a 50% discount.

Holly’s Glowing Snowman

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As ‘The Glowing Snowman Workshop’ fast approaches I thought you might like a sneaky peek at one of the little snow-fellas. This one is called Tom. He is six, lives in the woods and is apparently best friends with a bear. He is definitely not a baby duck and he doesn’t fancy wearing a hat.

I wonder what your snowman is going to be like 🙂

To reserve your place on the workshop click here. Alternatively you can send an email to hello@sojo.pro

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The Glowing Snowman Workshop

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I am delighted to have teamed up with Sprouts to bring you this magical collaborative event.

The Glowing Snowman Workshop is perfect for families who love to build snowmen (that glow.)

Once upon a time there was a little snowman who accidentally swallowed a firefly….

Shhhh! I mustn’t say too much!  Should you decide to pop along, you will hear the whole of this whimsical tale through some delightful story telling and interactive fun, Sprouts style!

Families will be presented with a lovely willowy bundle, with all the bits and bobs needed to build a brilliant snowman.  Each snowman is unique in appearance and personality.  We want to learn about your snowman’s character and your children will be invited to chalk out their ideas on the special ‘Sojo Thinking Station’ if they’d like to.

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Dagfa School Nottingham who are kindly sponsoring the event.

You can book a place for your family here.

Places are limited.

Such a fun commission from The Spark Arts…I had to share.

A little while ago The Spark Arts asked if I would create an animation to promote ‘Word Wednesday’ sessions in Leicester Libraries.  This meant I had the chance to listen to loads of fabulous stories written by children in Leicester and then pick one to animate. Obviously I was delighted with such a project and will happily share it with you all.

Take a peek at Joseph’s story.  Clever fella 🙂