Holly’s Glowing Snowman

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As ‘The Glowing Snowman Workshop’ fast approaches I thought you might like a sneaky peek at one of the little snow-fellas. This one is called Tom. He is six, lives in the woods and is apparently best friends with a bear. He is definitely not a baby duck and he doesn’t fancy wearing a hat.

I wonder what your snowman is going to be like 🙂

To reserve your place on the workshop click here. Alternatively you can send an email to hello@sojo.pro

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Such a fun commission from The Spark Arts…I had to share.

A little while ago The Spark Arts asked if I would create an animation to promote ‘Word Wednesday’ sessions in Leicester Libraries.  This meant I had the chance to listen to loads of fabulous stories written by children in Leicester and then pick one to animate. Obviously I was delighted with such a project and will happily share it with you all.

Take a peek at Joseph’s story.  Clever fella 🙂

Thunk of the Day #3 ‘What Not to Name Your Teddy’

The third ‘Thunk’ in a series of short animations celebrating the imaginations, artwork and voices of young children in Nottingham.
 
This ‘Thunk’ features the artwork and voice of a particularly brilliant 6 year old girl.

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.

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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!”

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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.

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.