I really enjoy my work as an animation workshop facilitator, conceiving and developing ideas for exciting, creative, stimulating projects. Here’s some feedback from participants and staff I’ve had during the past few years:

“Where the Wild Things Are” – City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  Education Project 2011

“It’s great to work with an artist of your quality.”  – Jackie Tyler, CBSO

Shambala Festival 2011

“Of all the activities my children have done at festivals over the years this is the best.” Becky – Mum of  Sam and Billy

Upton on Severn Bright Space Animation Project  2011

“Just watched the Upton film, it is lovely and made me giggle. The storyline was great and I loved the different characters and the beautiful quality of the art work. I hope the school were impressed by what the children have achieved with your help.

I think the film shows great depth and quality, you have clearly taken the children on a real journey with this project, developing and extending their ideas and building a convincing story. I bet/hope they were amazed by what they have produced and I hope the school could see the quality of the work and the benefits of working in this way.” – Bridget Crump, Creative Agent for Bright Space

St George’s Primary School, Worcester – Creative Partnerships/Bright Space project 2010

“The project has been fun and exciting and creative, incredible!”  Pupils

“The practitioner has been excellent – clear knowledge of art form, great sense of humour, ability to criticise creatively/ constructively, good organisation, good communications … Receptive to staff suggestions and takes advice willingly – a true partnership.”  Teachers

“The project has inspired all staff in school to use and apply animation, particularly with reference to supporting ‘story telling’. The school has planned a new focus on story-telling to support literacy (talk for writing) and the animation will feature as an important aspect of this work. Particularly useful in enthusing more reluctant writers who have more of a visual and kinaesthetic learning style.” Teachers

“Our investment in this project, as inspired and developed through working with Claire has resulted in whole school buy-in of animation within the curriculum.” Teachers

Shambala festival 2010

“I think my best Shambala memory is making an animation in the Kids’ Field. On the Sunday evening it was shown on the main stage. My mum told the crowd and everybody cheered for me. It was awesome…” Ethan, Age 8 (Excerpt from 2010 festival programme)

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