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21 Jul

Bring Your Child’s Stories to Life With New Enrichment Programs

From impromptu storytime at the dinner table or imaginative tales on afternoon walks, children can be wellsprings of originality and creativity. These vivid accounts are often only shared via word-of-mouth, which presents a unique opportunity for exploring new mediums. 

This fall, Stride is offering several enrichment programs to help cultivate children’s storytelling abilities. Students will be guided through the writing and revision process and choose an exciting and popular way to share their story, like animation or comic book drawing. 

The programs include strategies such as collaboration, self-reflection, and exchanging feedback, that will complement students’ learning process. Stride, Inc.’s enrichment programs provide students opportunities to delve deeper into their interests or discover something new–pursuing areas of interest can also lead to exciting career prospects after high school. 

A Future of Creative Possibilities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of special effects artists and animators is projected to grow 16% from 2020 to 2030 (or about 7,800 offerings projected each year over the decade). This projected growth is due to the increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and tv shows, as well as computer graphics and animations for mobile devices’ games and applications.   

For a special effects animation field, a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, art, or a related field is typically required. Through this experience, the special effects artists and animators develop a portfolio of work and competitive technical skills. 

Upcoming Programs

Stride, Inc. enrichment programs offer students the opportunity to learn these essential design skills and develop final projects to add to their portfolios. Here are more details about programs to engage students’ interests in these occupations for their futures:

  1. Storytelling and Animation

This program is offered in two program formats, a five-week session, and a 10-week session. In partnership with Story Makers–the creator of Rug Rats–students will develop their storytelling skills and discover how to bring it to life through animation. Students work individually and as a group to create and revise stories. Then, they will record their voices and send it off to Story Makers to animate. Story Makers offer a vast variety of characters, movements, and backgrounds to choose from, and will leave with a story they can show to friends and family! 

  1. Comic Illustration

Comic illustrations add another visual component to storytime.  This program requires no background knowledge of basic strategies of comic book writing. Therefore, all experience levels and children in grades 4 through 8 are welcome whether they want to start drawing or hone their doodling abilities. No matter what, this program will provide guidance for your child to bring their stories to life with creative new methods. 

Stride, Inc. is inviting students nationwide who have an interest in storytelling to take part in one of their 2022 Enrichment Programs focused on their interest for a fraction of the cost.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Special Effects Artists and Animators,

at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/multimedia-artists-and-animators.htm (visited June 19, 2022).