Zoetrope Workshop for Museum at Night

On the 16th May Quirky Pictures run a workshop at Watford Museum for Museum at Night

Participant learnt the basic of animation creating loops for one the first kinetic toy of the victorian time: the Zoetrope. A zoetrope is one of several pre-film animation devices that produce the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings or photographs.

The workshops  will be online also at watfordmuseum.org.uk/news.html

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Horrid Histories Animation at Letchworth Art centre

Quirky Pictures run a lovely workshop for the Letchworth Art Centre entitle Horrid Histories Animation. We created lovely gif animations to celebrate Halloween

Click the pictures to see the animations full size

Letchworth Arts Centre
2, The Arcade
Letchworth Garden City
Hertfordshire  SG6 3EW

Phone: 01462-670788

Email: info@letchwortharts.org

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
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”.
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”!
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