Last week I finished off a summer of teaching. I teach Flash animation once a week at Vancouver Film School, which I'll be picking back up again in a couple weeks, but in addition to that I also taught classical animation at the Port Moody Art Centre for ages 9-12 this summer, that may also pick up again as a once a week after school class in the fall, along with a claymation class. But most of my summer teaching was done at Koko's Activity Centre, also in Port Moody. Koko's offers two classes a day along with plenty of play time so parents can drop them there for the whole day if they want. At Koko's I taught Claymation and Comics and Cartooning for 5-12 year olds. There's a big difference between teaching 9-12 year olds at the Art Centre and teaching 18-25 year olds at Vancouver Film School. But there's an even bigger difference between teaching 9-12 year olds at the Art Centre and teaching 5-12 year olds at Koko's. Most of these kids were on the younger side and not all of them were necassarily interested in animation or drawing or at least not for a 3 hour stretch. 5 year olds have enough energy to put the Energizer Bunny out of work...in fact I don't know how it hasn't happened yet(or maybe it has, I haven't seen that bunny in a while). I can only assume bribery is at play. The world's energy crisis could be solved if scientists devoted more time to harnessing this power. One day it will happen...but maybe not in our life times.
Anyways, some times I had a whole whack of kids and was against the ropes the entire class. I spent a lot of time drawing custom stuff for the kids to colour if they weren't too into drawing themselves, I cranked out a lot of drawings that way actually. Other days there though, wouldn't be as many kids and I'd actually have a chance to just sit with them and draw myself. Here's a comic I started drawing on the first day of Comics and Cartooning. I didn't get too far...
Here's some random doodles I did one day.
Here's some sculpting I did one day during the claymation class when the kids were actually managing to keep themselves busy. This is what happens when I'm bored.
One sunny day I actually had no kids at all. I got some work done on my laptop but when the battery died I dug up some art supplies from the back and doodled some more. Here's an okay drawing of Batman.
Anyway, that's what I was able to walk away with from my time at Koko's this summer. These and some paychecks, but I'm not gonna scan and post those. Teaching's fun...glad to have a bit of a break though. Now I can catch up on some other stuff.