Bishopsteignton Primary School Comics Club – New Term!

I’ve got fourteen keen-as-mustard comic artists this term, and they are already coming up with some wonderful ideas, including a graphic novel and a very exciting joint project featuring a story told from three different points of view. This is a degree of sophistication I came across in works of authors and filmmakers only when I went to university, so I was a bit blown away when they announced what they were going to do. In fairness all three are super-creative, bright kids – am very excited to see how this works out.

Crazy Conductors and Interactive Orchestras

This was a lot of fun – a projection/animation/digital music drop-in workshop for Daisi’s “Machina” project at the Phoenix in Exeter. Participants made a cutout musician character, attached it to the projected background and then, using Bare Conductive technology, gave it a sound – which could be played just by touching the character (gasp!)

It worked brilliantly as a fully interactive workshop, and musician Rachel Thame and I are definitely going to roll this out more widely. Get in touch for more information. 🙂

Prop making for Alice in Wonderland

The guys have been very busy making all kinds of props for their production of Alice in Wonderland recently. They really are lovely and I think it’s going to look very special when they perform on May 17th in Honiton. Here are a few of the puppets and masks we made last week…

No Animation Club tonight!

We’re snowed in again here at Small World Towers so I’m afraid I’ve had to cancel tonight’s Club, sorry! We’ll be back again next Monday. My cat ventured out briefly this morning… he’s now back on his bed 🙂

St Leonard’s Surgery – Wellbeing Project

Yesterday saw the first of two sessions I’m leading at the surgery, as part of a project with Magic Carpet. It was a lot of fun, with much chatting and laughter as well as some very lovely monoprints  being made by all the participants, (and some rather hilarious caricatures of me and Amelia by Fran):

Animation Club – 2

Some mini-films the kids made at last night’s animation club, using all their own characters and backgrounds. Animation is so good for unlocking children’s imaginations. We use Stop Motion Studio Pro on my iPad mini – it’s a brilliant free resource. We’ll be adding sound next week (all in the app) 🙂 Smart!

Picture book

Progress…is slow! But my picture book is beginning to come together. Here are a few drawings I’m working on right now 🙂