With the July school holidays just around the corner, it is time for parents to start planning fun activities for kids and teens.
The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is running a number of holiday courses that are designed to engage, educate and encourage young people of all ages to take part in the arts.
They are also suitable for a range of ability levels, which means that beginners through to advanced students can take part in these exciting programs.
If your little one is still in primary school or between the ages of nine and 12 and has a flair for the creative arts, you will want to make a beeline for this year's Acting for Film and TV course.
Run by industry professionals, this course builds confidence by teaching kids about different acting techniques that are suitable for both stage and television productions.
Family and friends will also have the chance to see their kids perform live at the end of the three-day program – which kicks off on July 2-4. Classes run from 9:00 to 16:00.
Digital animation courses for kids between the ages of 12 to 17 is also on offer this July, with instructors helping kids make their very own short-films using the latest software – Maya, After Effects CS5 and Flash.
Students will also get to take home a copy of their work – which is sure to be the next Pixar offering – to keep as an example of what they can do with the help of expert guidance.
For those who are a little older and looking for something slightly more challenging, the Real Filmmaking Workshop is the perfect solution to rainy days.
This is the premier AFTRS program for young filmmakers and ideal for teens who want to make their own film after just five days of intensive training.
Visit the AFTRS website for information on prices and availability.