Whittlesea Community House is hosting a 20-week introductory animation course, aimed at teaching older people basic animation and information technology, IT, skills in an easy-to-follow manner.

Animation 101, by animation house Pollyannafilms, is designed at giving people with minimal IT skills the chance to learn how to use programs such as Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements to create two-dimensional animations.

Participants will also gain an understanding of the elements needed to make a good story for film, and how to make a short animation including sound design.

People can also take part in an alternative IT learning experience that is diagram based.

Course tutor Cath Murphy said the course was tailored towards older people who preferred an easier-to-digest approach to learning.

“We’ve done things like this before and we saw that young people loved the creative process with writing and videoing, but older people really enjoyed the slower process,” she said.

“There are lots of books to help people learn, and people have the opportunity to ‘learn by doing’ which means you don’t overload the brain.

“If you feel comfortable using Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements by the end of the 20 weeks then we can consider that a success.”

Ms Murphy trained as an animator at VCA Film School and is now the director of Pollyannafilms, an animation house that operates as a social enterprise offering entry level animation training to marginalised women.

The alternative learning program using animation was developed by Ms Murphy when teaching newly arrived youth in Victoria to prepare them for high school, many of who struggled with English and had never attended school.

The first session was on Wednesday, and will they continue each Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm, for 20 weeks.

The cost of the course is $20 each. Entry is free for applicants who have a green Medicare card, a concession card and who are also not engaged in mainstream secondary education.

For more information or to book, call 9716 3361 or email karenm@whittleseach.com.au.

For more information on Pollyannafilms, visit www.pollyannafilms.com.