5 Year 9 teenagers from a Cambridgeshire school are currently working with Paula Briggs from AccessArt to create a series of animations aimed at encouraging teenagers across the country to become more aware of how they consume the digital world, and how they can take the first steps to becoming creative contributors.
Opening Night of the #BeACreativeProducer Project!
The #BeACreativeProducer Project is the culmination of 9 months of hard work by 5 teenagers and Paula Briggs from AccessArt.
The team have been meeting after school and at weekends to share their creative skills in the digital and physical world (including art, drama, dance, music and making), to create a series of animations and films which aim to inspire other young people to value their own creativity.
The journey the teenage team has been on has been quite extraordinary and is testimony to their openness to explore the many opportunities presented to them. In addition to their hard work in making the animations, which involved a wide variety of skills from concept and brainstorming, making models, playing and composing music, filming, drama, creating artwork and models, recording voice overs, editing and marketing, the team have also visited art schools and interviewed creative adults, run a successful crowdfunder, run workshops for children, organised an animation competition, written articles and posts, and presented their project at the Houses of Parliament!
The end result, a series of animation designed to inspire teenage creativity in others, will be launched at the end of February 2019. Watch this space to find out more, and make sure you are registered with AccessArt to be kept in touch!
The final animations will be approximately 20 minutes long, and will be split into smaller scenes which can be watched alone or as a series.
The aim of the animations is to inspire other teenagers and young people to recognise the importance of their own creativity, whatever that might be. The project also hopes to encourage other teenagers to combine their creative skills, and make and share their own animations about things they care about.
The project also encourages teenagers to try to strike a balance between the physical and digital world, and to realise they can use the digital world as a key creative tool.
In particular the animations will be suitable for Year 6 (11 year old) children and upwards. The animations will be perfect for sharing in assemblies to stimulate discussion, and in art lessons and art workshops. Access to the animations is free of charge.
We hope the #BeACreativeProducer hashtag becomes used by projects all over the country (and overseas), and that we inspire other teenagers to find their creative voice.