Movie workshops for kids at the Villa Paloma

Do you have a budding photographer or film-maker in the family? Or a child who’s fascinated by new ways of drawing or producing animated images? Then why not take the whole family along to Monaco’s Villa Paloma in the last week of July?

The summer workshops all take place from 2 pm to 6 pm, at €15 per child. Most of the events are suitable for children from 8 to 12 years old, though some are aimed at even younger explorers. But hurry – workshops are limited to a maximum of six participants,and advance registration is required. 

A history of moving pictures, for children aged 8 to 12
When: Wednesday 29 July
This workshop explores the works of  Eugène Frey and different techniques for creating moving pictures. Frey was a Belgian artist who in the 1930s developed a specialized technique of light projections for theatre, eventually bringing his skills to the Monte-Carlo Opera. Recently the New National Museum of Monaco invited Portuguese artist João Maria Gusmão to reinterpret Eugène Frey’s projection techniques for a special exhibition.

Camera Obscura, for children from 6 to 12 years of age
When: Thursday 30 July, and Tuesday 4 August, 11 August and 18 August
‘Camera obscura’ is another name for the  ‘pinhole camera’, a way of projecting an upside-down image of a scene using the simple physics of light without the need for a lens. In this workshop, you can create and test your own ‘camera obscura’ in the gardens of the Villa Paloma.

Stop Motion Shadow Theatre, for children aged 8 to 12
When: Friday 31 July, and Thursday 6 August, 13 August and 20 August
This workshop encourages kids to create moving images using an iPad app. After learning about the technique perfected by Michel Ocelot and Lotte Reiniger, participants will handle cutout images to create a short stop-motion animation.

Please note that because of the continuing necessity of social distancing and preventative measure, all participants over five years of age MUST wear masks.

Where: Villa Paloma – open daily from 10 am to 6 pm
56 boulevard du Jardin Exotique, Monaco
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Getting there:

By bus: lines 2 and 3, Villa Paloma stop; line 5, Parc Princesse Antoinette stop (access via public elevator).

By car: You can find parking at the Parking de L’Engelin, Boulevard du Jardin Exotique, opposite the Villa entrance, or the Parking du Jardin Exotique car park (access via Boulevard du Jardin Exotique or Boulevard de Belgique)

Photo of girl with camera © Jessica Lewis, via Pexels