Project duration: 2015-2016
Instructors: Max Epstein and Sally Sarvani

Wild Kids studio is based in Jerusalem and has been operating for five years. The studio sets out to connect between artists in different areas and children from across the country. This is no ordinary teacher-student relationship; here children are artists and artists are children. The studio’s main objective is to develop children’s self-expression abilities through the language of animation.

Through what the studio instructors call “round table” sessions, the participants have created a short animation film that focuses on the museum neighborhood. The children worked with found materials: cardboards salvaged from the commercial area, wrapping papers from local businesses, plastic bottles, and more. The set was inspired by neighborhood homes, and in particular – the children’s homes. The participants used visual memory to supply details of their homes, and imagination – which allowed them to add fantastical elements to each memory. The set was scaled to fit the children’s measurements, in contrast to standard real-life architecture, which is fitted to adult measurements. Through observation and drawing, the children chose the water tower adjacent to the museum as an additional reference point to their “neighborhood”. And so they began imagining: what can possibly be inside the closed water tower?

The film was made using two techniques: stop-motion and pixilation. The stop-motion animated objects and characters made out of paper and cardboard cut-outs; the pixilation transformed each participant into their own animated character.

The resulting film was screened at a festive museum event and later at the Hansen House in Jerusalem as part of the 5 years anniversary celebration of the Wild Kids studio, which included children groups from across the country. The film won the Audience Choice Award, selected by a panel of referees made up of – what else if not – children.

The program was made possible due to the generous support of The British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel (BFAMI).