Lower School students ‘excelled’ in Animation Workshop

Friday April 30, 2021

Last term, Form 3 and Form 4 students took part in a unique animation workshop at the college, as part of their extensive weekends’ activity programme. The 32 students who were on-site benefitted from six hours of workshop practice, split into two hours sessions across three weekends and “excelled.” Said Concord’s Assistant Boarding Parent, Miss Kat Bant – a former freelance illustrator for magazines in Leeds and Dubai – who delivered the workshops: “As well as my professional background, my love for anything creative continues through inventing new workshops for Lower School students each week and through holidays in order to experiment with skills students didn’t know they had and create a moment of fun and relaxation taking their mind away from the pressures of studies. “I had previously run animation classes during Concord’s Summer School, something myself and the Summer School Director, Mrs Kari Quant have been eager to explore further, so I leapt at the opportunity to deliver this to our talented students.” Students were given a creative brief to follow based on the pandemic and mental wellbeing; to plan, illustrate and animate a scene of personal emotion, and “the animations produced exceeded anything I thought could be possible in such short sessions” said Miss Bant. The students were able to reflect on personal experiences, explore new interests and talents, as well as develop critical social and professional skills, such as leadership, creative thinking, collaboration and patience. Speaking of the workshops, Form 3 student, Matei said: “The most important skill I learnt from the workshop is how to organise and structure a short piece whilst still listening to everyone’s ideas. “Because we had to create a 1-minute piece that expressed all of our feelings, it wasn’t easy to do with different opinions and ideas, but we still managed to collaborate and include everything.” Miss Bant added: “When helping the students edit some animation cells, it became apparent that they’d produced some powerful pieces – and that’s the great thing about expression through movement, rather than spoken word… words that can be difficult to express can be summed up in one action on the screen. “It’s given individual students a way to be heard during the pandemic. “A premiere of the animations was hosted in Concord’s theatre – which was a real turning point for the students in understanding what they could all collaboratively achieve. “A true representation of 32 students’ inner thoughts and emotions experienced during isolation there for all new returners to see, as a nod from one student to the next that every one of them knows how each other have felt during such a hard time in history. “It was certainly an incredible insight for myself into the mental health issues arising from this terrible pandemic, and I’m proud of the students.” The final animations will be available to watch soon on Concord's social media channels.