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In this workshop we’ll dissect the sleight of hand – and hard work – behind the magic that is animation.

William Kentridge’s studio

You will be able to book tickets from 9:30am on Friday 5 February.
Lecturer: Sarah Eddowes
Location: NAS Digilab, Building 11

Calling all animation fans/wannabe animators!

In this workshop we’ll dissect the sleight of hand – and hard work – behind the magic that is animation.

Learn about the mystical but totally practical “12 Principles of Animation” devised by the old masters at Disney, and put them into practice using a mix of traditional and digital methods.

We’ll do a range of exercises that will give you a taste of the many and varied approaches to animation. We will look at both digital and hands on techniques such as cel, paper collage, stop motion and charcoal erasure.

Some exercises will be done using Adobe After Effects. We’ll go over the basics together, but if you want to kickstart your understanding, you can look at some tutorials online. Below are a few to get you started.

Learn After Effects in 20 Minutes

After Effects Smoke Screen animation tutorial

Keep in mind, we won’t be touching 3D animation, so please don’t think this workshop will get you a job at Pixar. It may help with Studio Ghibli, though…

It’s time to breathe life into your drawings and take them to the next level!

Here are a few links to pieces of animation in case you need inspiration:
Becky Joan and Joseph Pelling for Tame Impala
Beastliness by Deborah Kelly
Bill Plympton’s animations
Michel Gondry, Is the Man who is Tall Happy?
Bruce Bickford, CAS’L

Or for some other early playfulness with moving images, see Georges Méliès’s 1902 film, A Trip to the Moon


Lecturer: Sarah Eddowes

Sarah’s practice uses painting and animation to reflect on the manifestation of time. Her work reveals the abstract patterns and forms that emerge from accumulation, repetition and incremental change. Sarah uses materials such as silicone and wax which are both mutable and capable of preserving a form and a moment in time.
Sarah finished an MFA by research at the National Art School in 2017 and now works from her studio in Sydney.


Before you come to class:

Please download the free app “Stopmotion studio” on your phone. We will have a bunch of ipads available, but using your own phone gives you a bit of freedom and flexibility.

Bring to class:

Drawing tools of choice. (charcoal, textas, pencils, pens, coloured pencils).