Did you come along to Nottingham Lakeside Arts for the children’s animation workshop? Well here is our finished film!

no headed monster

Here it is, all of your amazing creations in one lovely animation.

I just want to say how much I enjoyed working with all of you.  To think that our youngest animator was only 4 years old and our oldest was 12 years old!  You all worked so brilliantly together, and the characters you created were awesome.

I hope you all feel super proud.

 

Also I’d like to say thank you to Nottingham Lakeside Arts.  It is always such gorgeous place to work, building wise, but also staff wise.  You’re all lovely!

 

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‘Big Bad Wolf’ is a new Sojo animation created mostly by a 4 year old girl.

big bad wolf original doodle by a four year old girl

I can’t tell you how excited I am about sharing this Sojo animation with all of you.  It’s coming very soon and will be uploaded to the Sojo Animation YouTube Channel, where you can see all of my personal work in the same place, plus a selection of my favourite commissioned pieces.

The ‘Big Bad Wolf’ is particularly brilliant because all of the audio was taken from a one to one play session I was lucky to run, with a little girl called Amahrya.  Both the wolf and the little girl who feature in this animation are voiced by Amahrya, as she wanted to switch roles multiple times so I was able to chop and paste her two little characters together.

She is such a funny little creative genius and I can’t wait to share the finished film.

Not long now 🙂

 

‘The Creative Indian Garden’ with Sojo and The Spark Arts

  

 I absolutely LOVE receiving emails from The Spark Arts asking for me to join them for an event, and I shall tell you why.  

The Spark Arts are, firstly, a wonderfully enthusiastic and positive team of creative people who are open to infinite possibilities when it comes to fresh ways to bringing the arts to children; giving visual artists, like me, the opportunity to have a lovely flexible brief to work with.  And secondly they are fully tapped into the creative scene in Leicester, with strong links to the community.  The Spark Arts rely on teams of, quite frankly, brilliant volunteers who help with many of their events and I would like to say a gigantic thank you to the team of volunteers I had with me on Monday.  They were AWESOME! 
This was my pet rhino for the day. We grabbed a quick photo before the event kicked off.

   
   
Ok…so it was rainy. When I say rainy, I mean it! But the crazy weather didn’t stop our Sojo marquee from bursting with beautiful balloon flowers, snakes and headdresses all created by the hundreds of wonderful families who braved the sogginess into Leicester City Centre. 

   
    
    
   

The Spark Arts festival @The Curve… ‘Hop Island’ Gallery

Yesterday it was all happening at The Curve in Leicester!  

You can be sure, if The Spark Arts are putting on a event, then it’s going to be pretty special, and yesterday was just that.  From the moment the doors opened at The Curve, the whole space was filled with the sound of little feet, giggles and excitement.

I sat, with a team of awesome Spark volunteers, on the mezzanine with my ‘Hop Island’ workshop all ready to go and waited for the the happy noises to reach my part of the building and then all of a sudden…WHOOSH! It happened!  Hop Island suddenly became a very exciting place indeed.

   
   No longer were there just two people trapped on a rather empty looking island.  Now there were volcanoes with magma pumping stations, talking trees, tigers, pirates, play parks, acid flame pits, monsters and princesses in castles.

Hop Island was transformed by the brilliant imaginations of the children and their families in Leicester, and I would like to share with you some of the pictures I took of their wonderful creations.  Enjoy!

Hop Island Gallery

   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Hop Island @ The Curve: A crafty experience for the whole family.

hop island The Spark Arts have invited me along (wearing my ‘visual artist’ hat, rather than ‘animator’) to contribute to a Family Day at The Curve on Saturday 23rd May 10am-6pm.  There will be lots of wonderful workshops happening throughout the building so pop it in your diary! For those of you that know The Curve, you’ll be aware of what a gorgeous, BIG space it is and I will be taking over a lovely chunk of the mezzanine to fill with some seriously crafty, Sojo fun for the whole family to happen upon and enjoy. Let me tell you more… HOP ISLAND! Mr Dedalus and his son Icarus are trapped on an island.  Can you help to make the island a more exciting place? Families are invited to get seriously crafty and add something tricky onto the model Island for Mr. Dedalus and his son to encounter. You can create ANYTHING!  Perhaps a grumpy bear in a cave or a rickety bridge, a secret maze or a talking tree. What will you add to Hop Island? Take a snap of your crafty addition and it can be added to our online #HopIsland gallery for all to enjoy.  If you have any advice or special tips for Mr Dedalus and his son, to help them pass your obstacle, you can share it on our ‘Tips Board’ for all to see. Pop along at anytime throughout the day to join the fun. Suitable for all ages so bring the whole family and loads of imagination 🙂 This activity is loosely linked to ‘Hop’, a poetic physical dance theatre production for children aged 4+ and their families.  Performances of ‘Hop’ are on Sat 30 May and can be booked by clicking right here.

Lakeside Arts at Cantrell Primary School

DCIM100MEDIA Last week I was invited to run a Sojo Animation workshop alongside the Lakeside Arts learning team at Cantrell Primary School in Bulwell.

cantrell-logo

The kids in year five have been thinking about ‘persuasive arguments’ and have been using the book ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ to explore their ideas.  What a cracking idea! Hats off to the teacher that thought of this. In the book the animals try to persuade a man not to cut down their tree. thegreatkapoktree Rachel from the Lakeside Arts learning team transformed the class room into a rain-forest the evening prior to the workshops, ready for the children to discover in the morning. When I arrived at the school even the reception staff were full of smiles and excitement about how fabulous the room looked. I was in a less rainforesty (made up word alert!) room, but armed with a projector.  The children animated their rain forest animals in ONLY 2 FRAMES (that’s extra tricky) and then handed over their freshly snapped jpeg files to me, to take away and compile into one, quite frankly, BRILLIANT animation. Well guys…I promised you that your characters would come alive in seven days so here you are. 🙂

You should all feel extremely proud of yourselves.  I was blown away by your creativity!   DCIM100MEDIA DCIM100MEDIA