This Easter we decided to do something different with our family digital workshops programme. The Lego clubs at the libraries across Cheshire East are really well established and successful (see for example our Facebook events page). So we decided to add a digital element to the Lego clubs by training our librarians on how to teach people to make Lego stop motion animations – and then get them to deliver the workshop that afternoon on a family audience. The brilliant Mako Education trained us in the morning and then supported us delivering to family audiences in the afternoon.
We use the stop motion studio app, which has a free version. To start with, the families plan their story, setting the scene and the characters.
Then you build the set! Taking care to set the tablet up so you can see the set clearly.
Then you start filming, making small movements with the characters. You can add music, writing and credits at the end.
The librarians loved learning this new skill and the family workshops all went brilliantly. You can see for yourselves the videos that were created at Nantwich Library, at Poynton Library, at Wilmslow Library and at Alsager Library.
Watch this space for future workshops!