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FILMMAKING; PHOTOGRAPHY; STORY-TELLING! For children between 8 to 14 years of age!!!
For children, we can simply call it filmmaking, photography and story-telling workshop. However, parents would like to note that any artistic production requires an engagement of the self with the surrounding, from where the understanding, or in other words, stories are born, which can be expressed through any medium of one’s choice. Born in the information age, growing up with incessant streams of media from the computers and smartphones, the children of today are automatic inheritors of the digital practices from the parent world – invariably inhabiting another dimension of virtual surroundings that overlaps their real world. In post covid era of online education that brings child-computer interaction in critical focus, we propose a workshop, a creative rendezvous of sorts with the computers and cameras to bring back in focus the child’s lived-in environment. Through various child-friendly and exciting exercises, and through a play of various media tools, the workshop will facilitate dynamic interaction between the virtual and the real – such that the child, while being creative with media, will learn to ‘discern’ media; and use media to analyse his/her real world. The online time can be optimised to connect with the real world, to guide an exploration of sorts of the actual surroundings made up of nations and neighbours and family and friends and pets and projects and ideas and inventions! Academic skills will improve as children research on various topics and develop their own media. Communication skills too will be enhanced as they learn to organize their ideas, ask questions, express opinions and construct narratives while interacting with others and computers. The workshop being process-oriented, rather than product-oriented, can potentially develop beyond the stipulated 10 days, into a weekend cyber-club where enthusiastic children can produce media artefacts and even collaborate with peers across borders. The workshop is designed for children. However, it’s open for all. Young and old, also the differently abled are welcome to explore and experiment with the media. The exercises are fundamental. How each participant exercises will depend on each ones’ lived-in reality and level of understanding. The mentorship will be individualised and the potential of the workshop will grow with the diversity of participants.