True story – I wasn't allowed to watch Astro Boy when I was a child. I have no idea why. My parents don't remember why, either. But as a result, I have a strange fascination with Japanese animation. If it's got zany hair, huge eyes and loads of flashing lights, I'm watching.
So I was pretty excited when I learned that the State Library of Queensland is running a series of Cartoon, Animation and Manga Workshops over the school holidays. Well, I was until, I learned that they're only open to children aged nine to sixteen. Perhaps I could attempt a Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed.
The workshops will run between 9 and 20 January, and there are four different types. In cartoon workshops, children will learn how to create their own cartoon characters, with an emphasis on writing and drawing. Flash animation workshops will teach participants how to use Adobe Flash to create animated features – your child could create the next beached whale. Manga workshops will provide children with information about the styles and techniques of Japanese comics, and stop motion animation workshops will help children create claymation videos, in the style of Wallace and Gromit.
This activity takes place at the State Library at Stanley Place, South Bank, with two workshops running each day. Participants will receive a discount if they stay for the day. Supervised activities are provided during lunch.
The cost varies depending on the workshop and all students receive the tools of the trade – sketch pad, pencils and pencil case – and will get to take home their creation.