Fresh Film Seasonal Online Workshops available virtually from December 19 to January 15,

Seamus the Sheep

LIMERICK City and County Council Culture and Arts Office and Fresh Film present a series of film-based workshops for the festive season ‘Fresh Film Seasonal Online Workshops’.

With support from Creative Ireland, the Limerick Culture and Arts Office and Fresh Film have put together a programme of seasonal activities for ages 0-18 with something for everyone to enjoy from December 19 to January 15!

Following on from their successful Cruinniú na nÓg and Culture Night workshops Fresh Film have curated a programme with something for all ages.

For 0-5-year-olds, they have an interactive musi-tale called ‘Seamus the Shanagolden Sheep Saves Christmas’ featuring a brand new Christmas story written by Mike Finn and performed by Mike with music by Ann Blake.

This guided storytime has us join the story of Seamus, a talking red sheep from Shanagolden Co. Limerick who, with the help of two of Santa’s Elves, Rosie and Robin, saves the day and makes sure Santa can go out on his sleigh! Suitable for 0-5 yrs.

For ages 5-8 we have a workshop in flip-book animation. This low tech style of animation is broken down into easy steps for a young audience by animator and illustrator Tia Friedel.

This workshop teaches you how to draw two festive characters, a Reindeer and a Red Squirrel and then combine them to make a flip-book animation. You just need paper, a pencil, a pen and some post-it notes to complete this workshop, a phone/tablet or lightbox are optional extras! Suitable for 5-8yr olds.

For slightly older kids they have a 4 part Claymation Animation workshop with Ana Colomer. This workshop is divided into 4 parts so you can follow along, stop as needed and learn how to make your own Claymation characters.

Then utilising a free app turns them into a festive Claymation film! You need some coloured paper, playdough, a phone or tablet and colouring pencils and glue for this workshop. Suitable for 8-12 yr olds.

Finally, for the teens, they have a workshop in the basics of costume design Costume 101 – Character Colour and Shape. This workshop is for older kids and we join two costume designers Ella Daly and Emma Fisher as they break down the core elements of costume from some of our favourite festive films.

They will discuss the various things to consider when designing costumes for film and then lead you in a workshop to design your own festive costume in paper. You will need plain paper, newspaper, pens, colours, masking tape and card/cardboard rolls for this workshop. Suitable for 12-18 yr. olds.

These workshops and activities will be available online on for free form Saturday, December 19 to Friday, January, 2021 so you can keep your young people busy over the Christmas break.