Happy New year from Small World

Having finally emerged from a post-xmas and new year slumber, Small World projects have now started in earnest 🙂

Last week saw the start of The Alice in Wonderland Drama project for magic Carpet in Honiton. I’m helping the guys design and make animal puppets and masks to use in their performance. During the first session we concentrated on how to create an “animal character”, and how talking animals are really quite a strange idea! People were particularly inspired by the “Wind in the Willows” book I took in, with the original EH Shepard illustrations, and made some great drawings. Photos to follow.

And today is the first day back for Bishopsteignton Comics Club, which has turned out to be really popular with the kids. We’re in the process of putting together their first comic, which will be available in print and as a download. More news soon 🙂 In the meantime, here’s the lovely “Mr Toast the Detective”, and  his baked-goods adversaries by seven-year old Rupert. I think they’re brilliant 🙂

Light Up your Xmas!!

THIS FRIDAY!!! 😀😀😀😀😀

I’m teaming up with brainy Ruth MacLaren of Sciencedipity to bring a fab LED Light-up Christmas card workshop to Exeter Library. See flyer for details! Hope you can join us, it’ll be lots of fun 🙂

Still here!!

Radio silence no more!! I finally have an opportunity to blog all the busy-ness of the past couple of months 😀 Crikey!

From Big Draw drive-in movies to animation projects and workshops to comics clubs here’s a taste in pictures of the last two months in World of Small… 😊

The Big Draw at TAAG – Programme of Events

TAAG’s “Animated Magic!” Big Draw Event

What’s On

There’s a whole range of exciting activities taking place between 14-27 October at the Big Draw event at TAAG in Northumberland Place, Teignmouth!

This year’s theme is “Living Lines” – aka animation – so come along and watch animations made by local artists and children, and if you want to learn how to make your own animated films, join in with some of the fab workshop activities we’ve got lined up. There is something for everyone, whether you’re 2 or 102!

We’ll be open every day between 10am to 5pm showing animated films made by local artists and children specially for the Big Draw, and displaying “behind the scenes” and still images to give an insight into how the animations were made.

Programme of Activities and Workshops

All day every day: Cartoon Hall of Fame: Come and grab some paper and pencils and draw your favourite cartoon character! You can take your picture home or pop it on the wall in our gallery area for everyone to admire! All ages: free drawing activity (suggested donation £1 to go to the brilliant Helen Foundation who have partly funded this year’s Big Draw).

18th October: Drive-In Cinema: Make your own cardboard box car and motor into our drive-in cinema to watch a selection of short animations specially selected for tinies. Booking essential. 11-12.30: Under-5s. £3, parents/carers free

19th and 26th October: Living Lines Drop-In animation workshopJoin Small World Animations’ Claire Evans and make your own hand-drawn animation. 11am-1pm: all ages; free (suggested donation £2)

 21 October: Comics Club Animation Workshop Special! Design, make and animate your own superhero character in this Halloween-themed workshop! Can your superhero defeat the crazy scientist’s diabolical monsters? 10am-12pm: ages 5 and up (5-7 year olds must be accompanied by an adult); £3 per child; booking essential

 24th October: Drive-In Cinema: Come and make your own cardboard box car and motor into our drive-in cinema to watch a selection of short animations specially selected for 5-10 year olds. Booking essential. 11-12.30: Over 5s and up. £3, parents/carers free; booking essential



Animation Project with Magic Carpet

This was so much fun, and everyone made brilliant characters to go in our animations. Here for your delight and delectation is “The Adventures of Robin Hood!”  Enjoy! 🙂

Announcing the Big Draw in Teignmouth!

The Big Draw at TAAG in Teignmouth is starting on 14 October with exciting exhibitions, screenings and workshops for everyone!

Come and make your own animated superhero at the Comics Club animation special, find out how we made the intriguing animated drawings and paintings on show, or make your own box-car chevvy and motor along to the kids drive-in movie! Details below – and get in touch via email 😀

Bristol festival of Puppetry – Your Stop-mo Animations!

Hi Guys, here are your animations. I’ve put them up on Youtube, I hope you like them!

If you were in the morning session click HERE

If you were at the afternoon session click HERE

I had a great time working with you all, I hope you had a lot of fun too! 🙂