These workshops are designed for budding journalists, filmmakers, actors and social media influencers who want a fun and creative way to express themselves. Participants are introduced to media production in a fun, hands-on learning environment that is conveniently located – we are in the same building as the public library! These courses inspire kids in a creative atmosphere to learn communication skills they can use for a lifetime. Nothing is impossible when you have a camera, an idea and a group of friends! Class fees include a non-shareable snack each day and a USB drive with your child’s projects. Drives will be distributed at the end of the summer.

Registration opens May 4
Registration deadline June 18

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Information on Sun Prairie Media Center Memberships
Pam Steitz Scholarship is available to those who qualify

FULL – Adventures in Movie Making
Ready to make a summer blockbuster?  Learn how Hollywood shoots and edits movies while mastering basic movie-making techniques.  Create a story idea with a production team, and then turn that concept into a script and storyboard. Students can either rotate project roles (spending time as a director, camera operator or actor) or they can choose to focus on improving their skills in one particular role.  As a team students will create a movie from concept to completion while also adding fun special effects, use of the green screen and a short trailer. 
Min 4 / Max 6

FULL Session 1: June 28 – July 1, 9am-12pm (Ages 9-11)
FULL Session 2: June 28 – July 1, 2-5pm (Ages 11-14)
$75 Member / $100 Non-Member

FULL – Adventures in Animation
Making a cartoon has never been easier! Discover how animators create animated cartoons and movies.  Designed for students with a desire to learn, this workshop focuses on traditional stop-motion techniques and 2d animation techniques.  Learn how to bring art to life with animation.  Then add sound and special effects!  We will use cameras and iPad animation apps. 
Ages 9-14
Min 4 / Max 6

FULL July 12-15, 9am-12pm
FULL July 26-29, 9am-12pm
$75 Member / $100 Non-Member

FULL – Adventures in Sports Production
Master all of the skills needed to create a live sports broadcast! Become the next Brian Anderson by learning how to prepare storylines and expertly describe the action. Plus work together to make sure all of the camera angels are covered to ensure viewers don’t miss a single play! Though preparations are still being finalized with Sun Prairie Youth Baseball and Softball, please be aware that one class session will likely meet in the early evening to broadcast a live game!
Ages 9-14
Min 4 / Max 6

FULL July 12-15, 2-5pm
$75 Member / $100 Non-Member

*We are currently planning to meet at the Little League complex behind Sheehan Park at 4pm Thursday, July 15th to broadcast the 5pm game live.

FULL – Adventures in Photography – Hybrid (virtual and in-person)
On Monday, we will begin with a “photo safari” around Sheehan Park while learning the basics of photography and work with the camera equipment. On Tuesday, staff will meet virtually while kids work on taking pictures for their project from home. The following two days we will meet in the “digital darkroom” computers to edit our photos with Adobe Photoshop and learn basic digital art techniques and graphic design. By the end of the week, each student will have created their own original slideshow.
*This class will meet in-person three days and virtual one day.
*Students will be given camera equipment to use at home.
Ages 9-14
Min 4 / Max 6

FULL July 19-22, 9am-12pm
$75 Member / $100 Non-Member

FULL – Adventures in Reporting – Hybrid (virtual and in-person)
Do you have a nose for news? Would you like to sharpen your interview skills and camera techniques? On Monday, we take a trip to the zoo while learning tips and tricks for interviewing and how to work the camera equipment. On Tuesday, staff will meet virtually while kids work on projects. The following two days we will meet in the studio and computer lab to review the footage, write and film anchor introductions to our stories.
*This class will meet in-person three days and virtual one day.
*Students will be given camera equipment to use at home.
Ages 9-14
Min 4 / Max 6
FULL July 19-22, 2-5pm
$75 Member / $100 Non-Member

CANCELLED – Adventures in Podcasting and Vlogging
Want a unique way to express yourself to your community? Do you have thoughts, ideas, and passions you want to share? Learn how to use our new, state-of-the-art 103.5 FM studio to create an audio podcast. Then explore the art of expressing yourself online by creating, shooting, and editing your own vlogs! This class is intended for older students working on largely solo projects.
Ages 12-15
Min 4 / Max 6
July 26-29, 9am-12pm

$75 Member / $100 Non-Member

Adventures in Music Videos
Do you like music videos? Do you like to make your own? You can be a beginner or an expert in this music video workshop where we guide the team through all the steps to creating an original music video for a real local band! After interviewing the band and recording one of their songs in the studio on the first day, we will be tasked with creating a real music video for one of their original songs!
Ages 9-14
Min 4 / Max 6
July 26-29, 2-5pm
$75 Member / $100 Non-Member