Hi Everyone! I’m putting on my Midnight Monsters Workshop at Teign Heritage Centre on 27th October 2-5pm – come down with your kids and spend the afternoon creating scary shadow monsters and animating them on a lightbox! Ideal for 5s and up – but younger children also love it with a bit of help from a grownup! And grownups also love it. :). It’s £5 per child and free for adults.
A new venture taking off in Easton at the brilliant Junction 3 library is Easton Kids Film Club. Small World has teamed up with Junction 3 library and community housing provider Knightstone to create a film club as part of the Into Film initiative run by the British Film Institute.
We staged our first event last Friday- a screening of the classic children’s movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang plus a creative workshop, where we made movie scenes in a box – and we’re hoping there will be lots more films and workshops to come – all FREE.
Next Friday 26th August will be our second event – featuring the beautiful stop-motion animation James and the Giant Peach with animation workshop to follow. ALL FREE!!
Details on the flyer below – hope to see you there!
I had a fantastic time working at Bristol Festival of Puppetry last weekend running the excellent “DIY Animation Workshops” at Watershed Cinema. So many thanks to everyone who came along, and my fantastic BFP helpers, not forgetting the awesome Rachel McNally who programmes and organises the whole festival (don’t know how she does it…)
Here is the edited and soundtracked version of the animation we made in the morning session – it’s amazing! All characters made and filmed in under 3 hours. Crikey! Hope you like it!
I’m really pleased to announce that I’ll be running this year’s Big Draw at the M Shed in Bristol!! Well, not just me, I’m working with the wonderful Rachael Dadd, a much-loved and admired contemporary folk musician. What some people might not know is she’s also an amazing artist – which I did know because we were at art school in Winchester together just over 10 years ago.
So do come along, it’ll be great! It’s on October 27th from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm. We’ll be thinking and drawing lots of stuff themed around the idea of “Future Bristol”, so come and make wishes to hang from a Future Wishes Tree, invent and animate your own future transport machine, design a future house, and (fingers crossed if we can get the parts in time!!) draw with a Squigglebot, which is a kind of home-made drawing robot.
Rachael’s also writing a song for the event to inspire us all… Lovely!
Well, I don’t know what you’re up to this summer, but I’m going to be delivering 42 half day workshops in Birmingham’s libraries, all based around the theme of “The Creepy Library of Birmingham”. It’s going to be an amazing project, and I’m very excited about it.. it’s linked to this year’s national Summer Reading Challenge, called “Creepy House”. I’ll put dates and venues up soon, and if you’re in Brum this summer (and not Brazil or Mongolia like some of you…) then come and have a go at animating some very creepy characters!
Here’s Part 1 of “Tales from the Funkadelic Ferret”, which I’ve been making with members of Misfits Theatre Company, a local theatre group led by people with learning difficulties. We premiered it in Aardman Animation’s screening room last Friday, hurray!
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and here’s Part 2! Who will win the Funkadelic Ferret Pub quiz hosted by Dr Who…?