High School students learn animation for ‘Talking Trash’ comp.

Animator Alice Markham with high school student Jeane Van Der Merwe.

Tumut high school students had the opportunity to learn animation techniques on Thursday afternoon from Wagga-based animator Alice Markham.

They were creating videos for the ‘Talking Trash’ competition, run by Eastern Riverina Arts, with the creator of the winning video scoring a free iPad.

Ms Markham said the competition was a fun way to introduce the kids to a new skill.

“I work with the Eastern Riverina Arts, and what we’re doing is running short educational programs teaching the kids animation. They’re going to be focused around ways they can reduce, reuse and recycle,” she said.

“Then at the end of the day they can enter the contest. So not only do they get to learn about the environment, and animation, and multimedia, they also get the possibility of winning an iPad!”

The Talking Trash competition is for high schoolers in the Riverina, and asks them to submit a 15-30 second clip that highlights positive and inspiring ideas about reducing waste, recycling or reusing.

The Tumut class encouraged kids to use their creativity and play around with the potentially unfamiliar toolbox of animation.

“We’re using iPads, primarily using stop-motion animation and also 3D and 2D animation,” said Ms Markham.

“Whichever medium they prefer they can follow through. It’s only two hours, and there’s a lot to learn with only so much we can condense into the workshop, so it’s basically about giving them the tools and then letting them carry on on their own devices and creating their own animations.

“It’s based around different ways that the kids can construct an animation to do with the theme.”

Eastern Riverina Arts’ Talking Trash competition is open to high school students in Bland, Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Greater Hume (Holbrook and surrounds), Junee, Lockhart, Snowy Valleys, Temora, and Wagga.

The Talking Trash competition closes on May 31. For more information see https://talkingtrash.space.