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(Al-Am Fan for Young Director) is curriculum, directed to kids from 6:12 years old (Primary School), teach them animation & Story Telling

Al-Am Fan for Young Director

location_on Alexandria, Egypt
A4Kids is an animation Studio, we teach kids from 6 to 15 years old principles of animation & storytelling, after years of working with kids, we designed an animation art and storytelling curriculum and we named it (مدرسة العم فن للمخرج الصغير) (Al-Am Fan for Young Director). It can be taught in Art and Design subject classes in schools, directed to kids from 6 to 12 years old (Primary stage).
Ahmed El.ashwah, The Curriculum Author and Founder of A4Kids Animation Studio
We are the first animation studio which are specialized in animation films made by children through workshops, so we had to have the initiative to convert it into a comprehensive curriculum ....

Ahmed El.ashwah, The Curriculum Author and Founder of A4Kids Animation Studio

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Al_Am Fan For Young Director Curriculum

What we do?

We are an animation School and edutainment solutions, we teach kids & young youth age of 6 to 15 about animation, storytelling and other skills through workshops systematically and divided into three age groups (specific curriculum), beside that all these workshops are available online through our main platform, A4Kids TV YouTube channel, we screen short movies made by children from all around the world. 

We work with kids in person via those animation workshops, through workshops we’re able to discover these kids' talents and encourage them in their track such as drawing, sculpture, directing, music, script writing, acting or even photographing. We set them on the right track whether with us or with our partners.


Our ultimate goal is teaching children to implement their own movie – whenever and wherever they are: at home, in their school, day breaks, etc…., and simplifying art based on the lowest cost available neglected materials and smart devices ……

Proudly, after eight years of working with kids, we designed an animation art and storytelling curriculum and we named it (مدرسة العم فن للمخرج الصغير) (Al-Am Fan for Young Director). It can be taught in Art and Design subject classes in schools, directed to kids from 6 to 12 years old (Primary stage).

*Al-Am Fan (Al-Am is cultural term related to a trusted family member whom kids like listening to as he is more of a storyteller; “Fan” is the Arabic translation for Art, and we intentionally chose this so as to go with "Al-Am" as a culturally-related term) …..

In designing this curriculum we intended to be in line with international curricula, such as IG, American, British and IB (international baccalaureate) programs for this target age group (PYP). we would like to present this curriculum to schools and kids development centers to be accredited and taught.

The curriculum is systematically divided into age groups and including 12 modules of animation.

Why we do it?

  • We help the child in the near future be professional at the animation industry in its various fields and make a living out of that if he/she chooses animation as a career; if not, they become better at using these tools in their studies and daily life, In addition to self-reliance, self-confidence and good investment in time …

  • We do so either by our entity or with our partners to get them ready to join faculties of media and fine arts later ahead.

  • In the case of applying this curriculum in the art and design classes in schools, we are here in front of a shift from the traditional drawing classes to new horizons and creative ideas, away from the traditional methods in art teaching.

  • We aid the child to change from just being a recipient and a viewer to being a creator and executor.

  • We change the terrible attachment of the child to smart devices to a healthy productive one in which he/she makes a good use of his/her talents and skills in a useful media and art content and production.

  • We instill the concept of recycling environmental raw materials in the child’s culture by simplifying art based on the lowest cost available neglected or ready-to-be-thrown-away toys, packages, etc. and using them to produce animation movies.

  • We help children to implement their own movie anytime and anywhere instead of wasting their time playing some violent games.

  • We change the concepts of “media” in the minds of children and strengthen their cinematic observation when watching their favorite animated movie on television. 

  • We produce animation movies made by children, inspired by their ideas and based on their age groups, we help the most talented ones to participate in International Animation Festivals.

  • As the curriculum is highly flexible in implementation based on the children’s preferences, we are open to incorporate one of drama classes stories assigned to them in their syllabus to be a part of (Al-Am Fan curriculum) ....

             A previously implemented example of this:

Greek mythology (Dadelous & Icraus)" is a drama short story assigned to a certain class in a primary school. We converted it to a 3Ds short movie, made by some children aging between 6 to 12 years old, under the supervision of A4Kids Animation School Team, the link of film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqQCU5s42vE&t=39s

  • We utilize the child’s learning of set of technical skills in his drama, science and mathematics classes to enhance his/her comprehension of those subjects. In other words, we intermingle school subjects with the activities we do; for example, we make use of bed-time stories in enhancing kids’ creative script writing skills and reflect that on Arabic language as a subject they study in schools especially on that part related to developing their composition/ writing skills.

Note: The book is available in many languages .....



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Al-Am Fan for Young Director
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFn9GyBhbTg&t=1s
Al Am Fan for Young Director Book
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sujTsT5f7yc
Healthy Productive
We change the terrible attachment of the child to smart devices to a healthy productive one in which he/she makes a good use of his/her talents and skills in a useful media and art content and production.
Media concept in AL-Am Fan Curriculum
We change the concepts of “media” in the minds of children and strengthen their cinematic observation when watching their favorite animated movie on television.
شاهد الأسطورة النوبية "ناس النهر" - كيف قابلت نورا مخلوقات تعيش في الأعماق - The people of the river
“The people of the river” is 3d film movie, the time of it is 11 minutes, that is made by some children in ages between 6 : 10 years old, using a technique mixed between hand sculpture & digital sculpture, under supervision of A4Kids Animation School, this film is made in Egypt, the film tells about one of the ancient villages in the south of Egypt, the Nubian village which our story is happened, the story is about legends and it calls for peace, Note at the end of the movie how it was made through workshops with children ...... This movie is the first and most important in our career to teach the animation industry for kids ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F6YHAEeiwk&list=PLmYFfAVws3b276GunwQdkJcEjbV6IseB7&index=27&t=31s
Recycling concept in our curriculum
We instill the concept of recycling environmental raw materials in the child’s culture by simplifying art based on the lowest cost available neglected or ready-to-be-thrown-away toys, packages, etc. and using them to produce animation movies.
Ahmed El.ashwah (the author of Al-Am Fan for young Director Book)
I am Ahmed El.ashwah: 3D Film Maker, CEO & Founder of A4Kids Animation School and Edutainment Solutions, that is found in Alexandria (Egypt), Plus a member of AWG (ASIFA Workshops Group), in addition to a jury member of DUFF 2017 (Dubrovnik Film Festival for the Children and the Youth of the Mediterranean Countries) .. 
Curriculum outcomes
1- We define each child's talent whether he/she is a young illustrator, clever sculptor, outstanding author or talented actor, and unleash other skills that we can touch upon and work on with the child. We are totally aware of the fact that the child may not be very ingenious at drawing but he/she is definitely creative, productive and effective through team work. 2- In the case of applying this curriculum in the art and design classes in schools, we are here in front of a shift from the traditional drawing classes to new horizons and creative ideas, away from the traditional methods in art teaching. 3- We aid the child to change from just being a recipient and a viewer to being a creator and executor. 4- We change the terrible attachment of the child to smart devices to a healthy productive one in which he/she makes a good use of his/her talents and skills in a useful media and art content and production. 5- We instill the concept of recycling environmental raw materials in the child’s culture by adopting the basic curriculum in our campaign "Bikia Art"; which is an activity based on videos we have made ourselves on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Q-hek9bbD0A9i_SUc7fDw?view_as=subscriber) And they aim at simplifying art based on the lowest cost available neglected or ready-to-be-thrown-away toys, packages, etc. and using them to produce animation movies. 6- We combine handmade and digital art in the curriculum, giving a balanced due care to both as we do believe that a futuristic child is the one who speaks digital but still uses his/her Godly-given physical skills. 7- We link most children's activities in the curriculum to their beloved animation characters and favorite movies to some extent, so as to make their learning experience much fun. 8- We help children to implement their own movie anytime and anywhere instead of wasting their time playing some violent games. 9- We change the concepts of “media” in the minds of children and strengthen their cinematic observation when watching their favorite animated movie on television. 10- We produce animation movies made by children - inspired by their ideas -and based on their age groups we help the most talented ones to participate in International Animation Festivals. 11- As the curriculum is highly flexible in implementation based on the children’s preferences, we are open to incorporate one of drama classes stories assigned to them in their syllabus to be a part of (Al-Am Fan curriculum) A previously implemented example of this: Greek mythology (Dadelous & Icraus)" is a drama short story assigned to a certain class in a primary school. We converted it to a 3Ds short movie, made by some children aging between 6 to 12 years old, under the supervision of A4Kids Animation School Team, the link of film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqQCU5s42vE&t=39s 12- We utilize the child’s learning of set of technical skills in his drama, science and mathematics classes to enhance his/her comprehension of those subjects. In other words, we intermingle school subjects with the activities we do; for example, we make use of bed-time stories in enhancing kids’ creative script writing skills and reflect that on Arabic language as a subject they study in schools especially on that part related to developing their composition/ writing skills. 13- Helping the child in the near future be professional at the animation industry in its various fields and make a living out of that if he/she chooses animation as a career; if not, they become better at using these tools in their studies and daily life, In addition to self-reliance, self-confidence and good investment in time … 14- The child can work in the advanced levels as an animator by the way of freelancing and gain money via internet without need to getting out of the house or any where he was …. 15- We tried as much as possible to be designed to be able to adapt to different international teaching methods, for example, The IB (international baccalaureate), especially PYP (Primary Years Programme), we seek in our learner (child) of Al-Am Fan for Young Director curriculum for inquirer, knowledgeable, thinker, communicator, open-minded, risk taker, balanced, reflective .. etc., we believe these qualities are also IB learner profile ... As well our curriculum supports arts in PYP (visual arts, Music, Drama ... etc). In addition to using the five basic elements of PYP namely knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action in our curriculum to teaching animation and storytelling …
Program contents
Curriculum consists of 12 modules that can be delivered in 48 hours as follows:1- Doodles 2- Stick man concept 3- Emotions 4- Story Before Bedtime 5- Draw Cartoon 6- Story Board 7- Optical Toys 8- Forms & Colors 9- My Puppet 10- Mobile Theatre 11- Stop Motion 12- Voice Over and Acting
Launching of "Al-Am Fan for Young Director Book" .....
Proudly, after eight years of working with kids, we designed an animation art and storytelling curriculum and we named it (مدرسة العم فن للمخرج الصغير) (Al-Am Fan for Young Director). It can be taught in Art and Design subject classes in schools, directed to kids from 6 to 12 years old (Primary stage). In designing this curriculum we intended to be in line with international curricula, such as IG, American, British and IB (international baccalaureate) programs for this target age group (PYP). I would like to present this curriculum to your valued entity to be accredited and taught.

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