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Fleeting Images: Life drawing, action and animation – day 2

Day 2 of our Life drawing and animation course saw Viyki Turnbull working further with the children on how to capture movement in drawing and sculpture. Today we concentrated on skills for animation

To view Day 1 click here.

We began the morning by looking at some flick book animations created by children – sourced from the internet.


If you or your children want to see them again click the links below – they really made us laugh.


James Francis Bell

A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything


Sam Faber Manning
Flip-Mania Part 1: Sports


Scott Blake

Hole Punch Flipbook


We learnt that to make 1 second of animation we would need to make approximately 26 drawings! Thats a lot of drawing….we needed to get moving!

We had explored moving figures



Created some settings

DSC_0645 DSC_0651 DSC_0644We now needed to plan a story. We thought about beginnings, middle’s and endings and the need to keep it simple to make a good animation.

DSC_0699 DSC_0703 DSC_0709 DSC_0711 DSC_0710 DSC_0738 DSC_0739 DSC_0741DSC_0721The youngest children spent some time with Illustrator Millie Nice developing characters using scribble drawings, and talking about actions through descriptive drawing.

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Children made a scribble, passed it round the circle and then turned it into a figure.

DSC_0733 DSC_0731 DSC_0730 DSC_0736 DSC_0735They also practiced drawing from description.

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Children then began developing their story into a flick book animation. This was quite a hard concept and took some refining and concentration.

DSC_0772 DSC_0773 DSC_0776 DSC_0780 DSC_0789 DSC_0794 DSC_0812 DSC_0830 DSC_0831 DSC_0833Younger children worked on a simpler format – the concertina book.

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The flick books slowly took shape. Some of us worked for extended periods on this, others opted to finish at home and tried out other experimental drawing activities.


Click the links below to see short movies of some of the books.




We tried some fun activities exploring the human figure.

A game of consequences.

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Drawing round hands, feet and heads to create an abstract tangle of limbs. These looked particularly striking when displayed on the railings.

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For our final activity we worked on a team challenge! Viyki had enjoyed watching us play on the climbing equipment and thought it would be fun to recreate these movements in giant paper sculptures.

We worked in teams to create figures in movement using only paper and tape. It really was a challenge but looked amazing when we finished!

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All our work was presented for our parents to see – we curated our exhibition in the last 20 minutes!

DSC_0976 DSC_0978 DSC_0985 DSC_0986 DSC_0987 Thank you all for another fabulous Children’s Art School



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