Animation expert Aiton visits Year 6

Animation expert Aiton visits Year 6

Friday 3 November

Our Year 6 students have been working with local animation artist Steven Aiton, learning the skills needed to plan and produce a stop-motion animation.

As a collective they came up with the theme “About Time” and the first steps were developing their ideas into a simple story board. 

The girls' range of ideas were fantastic, with small groups of Year 6 girls taking the idea of “Time” from so many different angles.

These included birthday celebrations, wedding proposals, trips down memory lane, world explorers, having a good time at the beach, adventurous misunderstandings and serious reflections on rebuilding after war.

Steven Aiton has many years of experience designing, developing and producing his own animation projects and has years of teaching a wide range of courses for adults and children. His knowledge and passion for animation is inspiring and his calm organisation allows the students to learn the skills and develop them in their own way.

Junior School art teacher Teresa Richards said the girls loved having a professional visit them.

"The art room just buzzes with excitement every week, and the girls are responding so well to the media and techniques," she said.

"They are building their characters and sets with a combination of cut-out collage, with found objects and some 3D elements.

"In just four short weeks they have come so far and we all look forward to seeing their movies come together next week."

Steven will help the student’s complete voice over and musical elements before editing the sequences to form the final movies.