Designing characters and planning the film

Animation and education

Primary and secondary school pupils find animation enjoyable and challenging.  Animation Jam workshops involve art and design, computing science, English and drama.  Making an animated film is a great way to help pupils engage with other subjects too.  Jim Stirk has helped pupils to make films on science, social studies and health and wellbeing topics.  These projects are developed in collaboration with teachers.  For more detail on the key curriculum areas relevant to Animation Jam workshops, click here. 


How it works

Workshops can be planned around school schedules and timescales: in secondary schools workshops are often spread over several double periods.  A workshop might last half a day, a full day or longer depending on the school’s requirements and the complexity of the theme and technique.  Jim is experienced in working with pupils who have additional support needs – to find out more, click here.  All computer and camera equipment is provided, plus any special materials the school doesn't have.


Find out more

If you are a teacher who is thinking of using animation in class, get in touch with Jim Stirk who can help you develop a project.  If you are thinking of running an animation project yourself, Animation Jam can provide a tailored CPD session. 

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School films: examples

These films were made by school pupils at workshops run by Jim Stirk: