The Big Draw in Watford!

As part of the Big Events calendar, Watford celebrated the National event the Big Draw! Commemorating the work of Watford born animator Joy Batchelor, the talented artist behind the animated classic Animal Farm. The participants delved into the world of drawing lino printing, with Culture Cart, stop motion animation with Quirky Pictures, flipbooks with Roger Kattenhorn and not to mention an array of harvest stalls, I-Spy animals, drawing exchange and chalk paving drawing!

For the event Quirky Pictures led two animation workshops:
Nana’s Farm, a traditional 2D drawing animation workshop

And Funky Animals a pixilation dance animation workshop

Drop in Session Workshop:
Workshop leader Kim Noce & Shaun Clark
Workshop Assistant Lucy Lee
Assistant Alexandra Balan

The Big Draw: Celebrating Watford’s Animal Farm
Saturday 4 October 11am – 4pm
The Parade, Watford Town Centre
In association with Watford Museum, Watford Palace Theatre and the Campaign for Drawing
Art material provided by Faber-Castell

The Big Draw is themed around Watford’s link to the film version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The animated film classic was written, directed and produced by Watford-born animator Joy Batchelor.

Joy, who also trained in the Borough, formed Halas and Batchelor with her husband John Halas. It became one of the UK’s largest and most influential producers of animated films; pioneering new styles and techniques from paper cut-out figures through to computer animation. This year marks the centenary of Joy’s birth.

Says Elected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill: “I am immensely proud of Watford’s connection to Joy Batchelor; her work was hugely influential and leaves a tremendous legacy.The Big Draw is a wonderful tribute to her talent, providing a great opportunity for everybody to gain an insight into various drawing and animation techniques. “

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http://www.watfordmuseum.org.uk
http://www.watfordbigevents.co.uk
http://www.thebigdraw.org
http://www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk
http://www.theculturecart.co.uk
http://www.watfordrecyclingartsproject.wikispaces.com
http://www.halasandbatchelor.co.uk
http://www.faber-castell.co.uk
http://www.quirkypictures.co.uk

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More info can be found here http://www.watfordbigevents.co.uk/eventdetails?id=37 or http://www.thebigdraw.org/event/The_Big_Draw%3a_Celebrating_Watford%27s_Animal_Farm/3575

(Pictures on the slideshow by Sarah Priestley)

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Animated Tour of Britain

We have run a fantastic workshop at “The Old Town Hall” at Hemel hampstead animating the Tour of Britain. Children designed and animate their characters racing through Hemel Hempstead

The Old Town Hall is a buzzing arts space full of entertainment for everyone. Pop in for a coffee in the new daytime cafe and see our free art exhibitions or a midweek matinee film. Saturdays are dedicated to the little ones with family films and children’s shows to inspire and delight. For a night out there’s something to suit everyone with music, theatre, film, comedy and dance. Relax with friends in the gallery bar, open before and after shows.

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Trailer for The Big Draw

On thursday 21 August we run a fantastic workshop at Watford Museum  where we used traditional 2D animation to create a a short animation. The whole piece is inspired by the work of Joy Batchelor, the pioneer animator behind the movie “Animal Farm”. Joy was born in Watford and studied art at the local college.

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Have a look at the gorgeous result of our little (and not so little) animators. We have created one long version and a shorter version as a trailer for the Big Draw event running in Watford on the 4th October

Here the animation workshop

And here the trailer

As part of the Big Events calendar, Watford will be celebrating the National event the Big Draw! Join us and celebrate the work of Watford born animator Joy Batchelor, the talented artist behind the animated classic Animal Farm. Delve into the world of drawing and have a go at lino printing with Culture Cart, stop motion animation with Quirky Pictures, flipbooks with Roger Kattenhorn and not to mention an array of harvest stalls, I-Spy animals, drawing exchange and chalk paving drawing! There will be something for everyone!

The Big Draw: Celebrating Watford’s Animal Farm
Saturday 4 October 11am – 4pm
The Parade, Watford Town Centre

Detail for the Event can be find here

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Animate your very own cycle “Tour of Britain” !

Come and Animate your very own cycle “Tour of Britain” ! Design and animate your character racing through Hemel Hempstead
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BOOKING REQUIRED
Workshop will run on 12 september 2014 (time TBC) at the The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead tin the newly refurbished “The Cellar Club”.
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For more information and for booking please contact 01442 228091, Mon – Fri 12-5.30pm
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Watford Museum Workshop

Bring your drawings to life in this animation workshop with Quirky Pictures. You will have the chance to draw and animate a character from animal farm, which will become part of the trailer displayed at the Big Draw event on the 4th October!
The workshop will be inspired by the work of Joy Batchelor, an historical animator born in the town of Watford, and one of the director of the iconic animation “Animal Farm”!
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Thursday 21 August, 1-3pm ages 7-12, booking essential!
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Watford Museum
194 Lower High Street
Watford WD17 2DT
http://www.watfordmuseum.org.uk
Email: info@watfordmuseum.org.uk
Telephone: 01923 232297

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Curating Cambridge 2014 Animation

We have run an animation masterclass for Curating Cambridge 2014 exploring 5 wonderful venues in Cambridge, the stunning result will be screen on the 26 October at the Kettle’s Yard.

The Young Carers projects have been taking place since 2008. This year the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the University Zoology Museum, Kettle’s Yard, the Botanic Gardens and the Fitzwilliam Museum will be working together. Past projects have explored artforms including 3D making, poetry, film, time and space and artist books.

Curating Cambridge is the University of Cambridge Museums first collaborative season celebrating the stories, city and objects across Cambridge . Through the programme Curating Cambridge brings together a range of approaches and perspectives from across the city that will engage people in the city with Cambridge’s rich culture and heritage

Partners

Centre 33 : Centre 33 is a long-standing charity, supporting young people up to the age of 25 in Cambridgeshire since 1981 through a range of free and confidential services. www.centre33.org.uk/

University of Cambridge Museums : University of Cambridge Museums is a consortium of the eight University Museums, which works in partnership with the Cambridge University Botanic Garden and other Cambridge University collections. The University’s collections are a world-class resource for researchers, students and members of the public representing the country’s highest concentration of internationally important collections, all within walking distance of the City Centre.

Kettle’s Yard: One of Britain’s finest galleries – a beautiful and unique house with a distinctive collection of 20th century art, and a gallery exhibiting contemporary and modern art. kettlesyard.co.uk/

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology : Archaeology and Anthopology are ways of knowing people past and present. The museum houses artefacts made by people across the world and throughout human history maa.cam.ac.uk/maa/

Museum of Zoology : The Museum of Zoology is home to a huge variety of recent and fossil animals. Our collections rival those of the major university museums world-wide, and are used for academic study by researchers within and beyond the University. Displays trace the evolution of animal life, with intricately beautiful shells, a comprehensive collection of British birds, and many large skeletons of mammals. http://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk/

The Fitzwilliam Museum : The Fitzwilliam Museum houses world-class collections of works of art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilisations. http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/

Botanic Gardens :A showcase for over 8000 plant species from around the world, the Garden includes nine national collections, all immaculately displayed amongst the finest arboretum in the region. http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/Botanic/Home.aspx

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Westminster City School Arts Week

We have run a delightful 3 taster workshops in Westminster City School Arts Week in July.

In a  single day each students learn how to use flash and created short animation. Inspired by the film “How to animate your dragon” each student designed a mythical creature and animated a spoof instruction video.