Small World is Claire Evans, a South West-based artist, specialising in creative learning through animation, drawing, illustration and puppetry. I have over 10 years experience facilitating creative workshops for people of all ages and abilities – but specially children, in particular those from economically and socially disadvantaged areas, and children with special learning needs. I am a committed community practitioner and proud to be so. I run lots of different kinds of creative learning workshops, including:
- 2D and 3D stop motion animation
- Drawing and Comics – including Big Draw events
- Shadow Puppetry – including (the very exciting) 3D shadow puppetry
- Slide-making and projection
- Model-making and Crafting
All these workshops are excellent fun with a meaningful sprinkling of education. Small World workshops have been recognised as helping children with written, verbal and visual literacy, confidence-building, self-led learning, teamwork and – naturally – developing children’s creativity. Recent work has included two animation projects for Daisi (Devon Artists in Schools Initiative) and The Light Works Project, a large-scale arts project which I devised and ran in Bristol last autumn, thanks to the funding I gained from the Arts Council, Bristol Neighbourhood Partnerships and the Institute of Physics. Featuring Shadow Puppetry, including 3D Shadow Puppetry, Slide Making and Projection, Black and White Analogue Photography and Projection Mapping, it was EPIC!! The feedback was great and lots of wonderful, creative work was made by local children. For more information check out The Light Works Project website.
Comments from participants and project supervisors show that Small World animation projects develop self-esteem, confidence and a sense of empowerment, especially in children, promoting their thinking abilities and interest in learning. She is a member of Action for Children’s Arts, a campaigning organisation that is committed to the provision of high-quality creative activities for all children.
Current and past clients include Welsh National Opera, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Gigglefest, Misfits Theatre Company, Creative Partnerships/Bright Space, Shambala Festival, Bristol City Council, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Blast!, Flatpack Festival – references available on request.