South Shields pupils get to grips with animation

Sheila Graber works with Mortimer Primary School pupils on animation
Sheila Graber works with Mortimer Primary School pupils on animation
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An award-winning South Shields animator has returned to the classroom to pass on her creative skills to youngsters.

Sheila Graber, a former teacher, took a class of year three pupils from Mortimer Primary School under her wing to create short pieces of animation.

Using an app and plasticine, youngsters, aged between seven and eight years old, designed a range of objects which were then used to create short clips which also linked in with the curriculum.

Ms Graber was supported in the session by colleague Jen Miller.

She said: “The children were great and they seemed to really enjoy themselves.

“I’ve been trying to do something like this since 1974 when I realised animation could be used as a fantastic teaching tool and a way for pupils to learn.

Sheila Graber works with Mortimer Primary School pupils on animation

Sheila Graber works with Mortimer Primary School pupils on animation

“In the past it used to take a number of weeks for children to see the finished product, but nowadays with new technology, it is instant.

“The children all had a great time and it worked really well, hopefully this is just the beginning.”

Sheila, who was a teacher at King George Comprehensive School when her talent was spotted, has created a number of animations including characters Mr and Mrs Brown from the Paddington Bear children’s TV series.

Her accolades include an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Sunderland for Outstanding services to Education and Art; Best Digital Image Designer Category” at the North East and Border regional ceremony of the Royal Television Society and a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work.

I’ve been trying to do something like this since 1974 when I realised animation could be used as a fantastic teaching tool and a way for pupils to learn.

Sheila Graber