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William Kentridge’s studio

You will be able to book tickets from 9:30am on Monday 30th January.
Book here.

Lecturer: Sarah Eddowes

Location: NAS Digilab, Building 11

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 hand-drawn, stop motion, charcoal erasure and compositing.

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.

Here are a couple of links:

Learn After Effects in 20 Minutes

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

Deborah Kelly, Beastlines
Bill Plympton

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

Lecturer: Sarah Eddowes

Sarah Eddowes is an artist with a background in painting and animation. Her practice draws on the direct physicality of analogue making as well as the mobility and complexity afforded by animation and other digital techniques.

Sarah completed an MFA by research at NAS in 2017. She is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW, researching tactile aesthetics by connecting digital and physical artmaking tools.

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).