'Along the way lives are certain to be touched and changed forever, and children will learn that each of their talents is special, and that is enough to bring tears to anyone’s eyes'
Kay Hasty, Journalist, Fayobserver, Carolina,
on the “Driving Inspiration” global animation programme, 2012
Nothing beats seeing young people become as excited by animation as I am. I've mentored won awards at the foremost animation and young people’s festivals in the world, from Hollywood to Cairo. I delivered talks and workshops at the UK’s largest young people’s film festivals, teach animation nationwide in primary and secondary schools, at universities and deliver CPD training to teachers and educators.
Teaching clients include Adobe, Apple, BBC Learn Xpress, The University of Central Lancashire, The University of Sunderland and ToonBoom. Between 2008 and 2011, I devised and led workshops for the National Media Museum’s award winning education programme, Anim8ed.
Below you'll find a range of courses from an an hour, to a term! For information about education programmes, please contact me.
Flipbooks are one of my favourite workshops. A fantastic introduction to animation, my flipbook workshops introduce basic animation principles and encourage young people to use their enthusiasm for animation to develop creativity. The ultimate portable animation workshop, I've run these at both indoor and outdoor festival and education events. You can buy my blank flipbook packs from Kudlian Software!
As an animation story artist, I'm passionate about telling stories. I do many story courses for various ages. 1 word & frame at a Time uses improvisation techniques to create a story and animate in a group. This improvisation workshops frees up young people to improve their confidence and creative skills by bypassing overly critical thinking.
Learn how to tell a short story and visualise it, encourage creativity and improvisation
Learn basic filmmaking and animation skills, Learn basic filmmaking terminology, cooperate in group work.
The Princess and the Dragon, made at Fun Fishers Summer Club in York, was one of several animations made during a one week residency, utilising resources at the after school club. The story evolved organically as we animated, with many children contributing to the story and it’s soundtrack.
In this Toy Stories workshops at Leeds Young Peoples Film Festival, special life-size animation puppets were used to create a child’s bedroom set, forming the basis for a group film that many children contributed too. The soundtrack was made in a dedicated SFX workshop using all manor of brick-o-brack.
Film is a powerful and empowering storytelling tool that allows children and young to discover and develop their voice - and express themselves. In education, animation filmmaking is an incredible cross-curricular art-form that can touch every subject. Every narrative filmmaking experience blends art and science, maths and English, and often includes drama, music and many more.
The workshop group started in 1971. Each year, children around the world, in 23 countries and on 4 continents create animations based on a common theme. The Animation Workshop Group (AWG) is a group of artist-teachers who believe that animation can help children express their creativity and tell their own stories.
Made by under 15s in a week long workshop, these 2 minute films are highly visual with no-dialouge allowed for the world-wide audience.