It’s all go here at The Hub since school has started back again! Every Wednesday morning from 10am – 12pm The Digihub plays host to the fantastic 4th and 5th Class kids of Corpus Christi school. Every week, Kileely House is alive with the sound of some seriously talented kids working away on computers; doing the kind of tech stuff that would usually make MY eyes water. They are living the dream of many a cartoon-loving child: getting a chance to create, design AND animate their very own character. All of this is done up here in the Hub, and it’s such a joy to watch them nurture an idea and bring it to fruition by seeing it move on screen for the first time.
The whole process starts in the Art Hub, where Cronin and his intrepid gang of Co-op students gave the boys and girls some starter tips on building a character, and then had them bring their characters to life by drawing them out and adding colour and personality to them. To set the animation wheels in motion they drew the character doing a slightly different movement in three stages, which when put together and shown at speed, would make it look like the character is moving; kind of like what you’d see in an old-school flipbook. But these guys were way more tech-savvy than that….
Once they had their characters designed, it was on to the next phase – bringing them to life with the use of computer animation software called Scratch. To some it may sound utterly terrifying and beyond their computer skill level, but not these guys. Once the instructor Seán took them through it step by step, the boys and girls of Corpus Christi took to animation like a duck to water. They certainly taught me a thing or two as I walked around asking them about what they were doing and how they were doing it!
It was fantastic to see everyone get into the spirit of things, and for me to step back and see a room full of computer screens showing a whole universe of new characters being born into the world of animation.
The classes that have been coming every week to learn all these fantastic skills are a credit to Corpus Christi school. It’s great to see them arriving every week with smiles on their faces and a willingness to try new things. If I had even a half a percent of their energy and motivation on any given morning, I’d be a billionaire! Big shout-outs to the teachers and Special Needs Assistants for bringing them over to us every week, it takes some organisational talent to move a bunch of children as a single unit from one location to another and still keep everyone calm and smiling!
See you all again next week 🙂