Melbourne Holiday Workshops, Sept 2013 – Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre

These holidays I trialled a couple of holiday cartoon workshops in the cozy quarters of the Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre in Ormond.  The Centre runs fantastic life & work skills programs for adults, especially working with the local migrant community, and GEALC Manager Philippa Caris is clearly a passionate teacher who cares about her students.  Hosting workshops for children was new territory for the Centre, but it was well-received by local kids & the room was perfect – thanks Philippa!

Both days there were around a dozen children, full of enthusiasm and a-buzz with creative energy.

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The theme over both days was Totally Random Stuff, and there was no shortage of inventive ideas from the group, kicking off on the first day with a combo of Sad Potato, Angry Apple & Banana:

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Followed by a Clock Rooster (!), an Explosion & a Duck:


I can’t resist whenever I get a request for a Chihuahua, they really are just born to be cartooned!

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My HipHop-O-Potamus is another favourite, great opportunity to include some clothes technique and a bit of street cool.  Likewise my Rockin’ Horse (a la 80s hair bands!).

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Some other random ideas:  a Duck With A Cold, a Frog With A Top Hat, and my favourite combo of the day – Evil Scientist Budgie and Zombie Chicken (note chicken comb):


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Thanks again to Philippa at the GEALC for hosting the workshops, and I hope we can come back some time soon!

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