Posted on November 8, 2023 at 6:00 am
LEGO bricks have long been beloved by kids and adults alike for their versatility and endless creative possibilities. But did you know that these colorful building blocks can also serve as the perfect medium for stop-motion animation?
Stop-motion animation involves taking a series of still photos, each with subtle changes, to create the illusion of movement.
Using LEGO bricks, you can craft your own narratives and bring them to life. Whether you’re a child dreaming up adventures or an adult seeking a creative outlet, this medium is a fantastic way to express your imagination.
Creating LEGO stop-motion animations teaches patience, attention to detail, and problem-solving. As you painstakingly move your LEGO characters and objects frame by frame, you’ll gain valuable skills. Plus, it’s a perfect bonding experience for families or friends, encouraging collaboration and shared creativity.
The easiest way to get started is by using the camera on a smart phone or tablet and a stop-motion app. There are several free apps available for download.
Kids ages 8–12 can try out this creative activity at one of these workshops that we are offering:
LEGO Stop-Motion Animation
Create and edit videos of LEGO characters moving, jumping, and talking to each other. During this workshop, you’ll make a short stop-motion movie and learn how to create more in the future. We provide all the supplies. For ages 8–12
Registration is required.
Friday, Nov 10, 11am–12:30pm
Tuesday, Nov 14, 4–5:30pm
Thursday, Dec 14 & Jan 11, 4–5:30pm
Whether you create your masterpiece at one of our programs or on your own, once your stop-motion masterpiece is complete, we invite you share it with the world by submitting it to our LEGO Stop-Motion Movie Screening.
We are accepting stop-motion submissions for our first screening of the genre. See the submission guidelines and submit your original stop-motion video to be part of this afternoon celebration. All videos must be appropriate for an all-ages audience.
You can find the guidelines and learn how submit your video for the screening by visiting our LEGO Stop-Motion Screening webpage.
Submissions accepted: November 2–January 2, until 5pm
Whether you’re a creator or an avid LEGO enthusiast, we invite you to our screening to view the creations and revel in imagination of local stop-motion animators of all ages. Celebrate and enjoy the talented video artists who are our neighbors and friends.
This event is for all ages.
Saturday, Jan 20, 4:15–5:45pm
Gwendolyn Haley is a librarian and the Education & Enrichment Public Services Manager at Spokane County Library District, helping to plan programs for all ages, from preschool to adulthood. When not at work, she juggles a little bit of everything: kids, home, community service, gardening, reading, cooking, and more. Oh, and she knows how to juggle—literally.