The Mythical Creatures Puppetry Workshop with The Spark @ The Brite Centre, Leicester.

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There is something magical about shadow puppetry, I have always said that, but my goodness, when kids get involved it is just wonderful.  Children are so eager to explore new ideas and so playful with their approach to a new art form.  It’s such a shame that we all have to grow up.

The Spark puppetry Workshop pic

When the children at The Brite Centre noticed the big black box in the corner of the room with a funny little window in it’s side, they weren’t sure what it was doing there.  When I switched on the torch and let them have a peek at a couple of pre-made shadow puppets that was it….their brilliantly creative minds were busy thinking about what they were going to create.

“Can I have a go with the torch?”

Me  “Sure.”

“Are we going to make our own shadow puppets?”

Me “You bet we are.”

“Do we have to make one of these mythical creatures or can we make up a new one?”

Me “Well that’s up to you.  You are the boss of your puppet.”

“Let’s make some theatre curtains for the front of the black box!”

Me “Super idea, let’s do it!”

shadow puppet capture

Here’s a big thank you to Jayne at The Spark and all the wonderful people working with The Spark for having me along for the day.

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The 2nd ‘Thunk of the Day’

A self portrait by a very talented 3 year old.

A self portrait by a very talented 3 year old.

Here we go…Thunk No.2

This time I had a chat with my 3 year old niece, Bryony.  A very wise little girl.  She told me a few secrets about how to find happiness and then drew a self portrait for me to take away and animate.

Thank you Bryony. You are brilliant.

Sojo News: The Magical Mythical Creature Workshop

I am delighted to be part of a week long event called ‘The Unbelievable Board Game!’  at The BRITE Centre, Leicester.  Ages 8+ will work with arts professionals throughout the week to create a life sized board game with many challenges, twists and mythical characters that will scare the wits out of parents and family who will be invited to play the UNBELIEVABLE BOARD GAME on the Saturday at 1pm.

On Wednesday 20th August you can join me, Sophie Johnson-Hill, for ‘The Magical Mythical Creature Workshop’  we will be discovering a host of magical mystical creatures, creating puppets and leaning how to manipulate them…All in one day!

Find the event on Facebook.

 

Thunk of the Day

Little girl character, created by a 4 year old.

I am very excited to share the very first ‘Thunk of the Day’.

This is the first in a series of very short animations featuring the  thoughts, voices and artwork of young children in Nottingham animated by Sophie Johnson-Hill for Sojo Animation.

I told my child about the children living in Gaza and this was her reaction.

While reading  ‘Horrible Histories’ with my children yesterday, my son said how lucky we are that the world isn’t like that anymore.

I told my kids that sadly the world is just as scary and horrible in some places. Without going into any details I told them about the many children who are suffering in Gaza, right now.

We spoke for a while about the unfairness of it all and then it was seemingly forgotten as the day continued as normal.

This morning my little girl asked me if she could draw something in my book.
She asked me how to spell ‘children’ and then ‘Gaza’. I asked her what she was doing and these were her exact words..

“I’m sending love to children in Gaza.”

Dear Children in Gaza,  I want to send you my love.

A letter from a little girl to the children in Gaza

If the world was run by children it would be a beautiful place.