B E Y O N D: Animation Workshops

Images supplied by Eleanor Evans and Giovanni Aguilar.

B E Y O N D: Animation Workshops

With Eleanor Evans and Giovanni Aguilar

2, 5 and 15 August 2020

Cost: $50 per person, per workshop

Have you heard about our open online animation exhibition B E Y O N D? These online workshops will help you prepare your entry and teach you the basics of claymation, animating with found objects and creating stop motion animations. Do one, two or all three workshops from the comfort of home with our expert animation artists Eleanor and Giovanni.

Claymation Characters

6-8pm Sunday 2 August 2020

In this introduction to animating with clay, you will learn the basics of stop motion, and develop and animate your own clay character. Claymation is one of the most popular and versatile forms of stop motion animation because working with a flexible material like plasticine gives the animator a lot of freedom. Using claymation, you can create all kinds of characters, morph one object into another and let your imagination run wild.

Required materials

  • Plasticine in your choice of colours; we recommend buying individual primary colour blocks ($6.29 per 500g block at Officeworks) rather than buying a cheap multicolour pack
  • Knife or a piece of fishing line to cut clay
  • Optional: Clay modelling tools

Animating with Paper

6-8pm Wednesday 5 August 2020

In this workshop, we will demonstrate the basics of cutout animation, run you through some tips to make the most of your animation and help you start experimenting with the medium. Through the class and online support, we will help you develop your own animated collage.

Cut out animation is a great medium for people who are interested in Animation but don’t know where to start, it is one of the most accessible ways to animate and is perfect for beginners. Cut out animation is the process of photographing paper shapes or puppets, moving them then photographing them again. When the images are played back as a sequence the illusion of movement is created.

Required materials

  • Drawings or photographs to animate (these could be in the form of pages from magazines, newspapers, family photos or you can draw your own characters/illustrations)
  • Additional paper or cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Black marker
  • Scalpel for cutting paper

Stop Motion Animation

6-8pm Saturday 15 August 2020

In this workshop, we will help you create a short animation with things you already have in your home. We will discuss how to discover animation ideas and demonstrate techniques to animate objects.

We will introduce you to the technique of object pixelation, the process of animating things. In this class we are going to look at things around your house in a different light, discover what creatures live in your kitchen cupboard, what monsters lurk under your bed and what secret talents your possessions hold. This is a great way to get started in animation because you won’t need to buy materials, you can use whatever you have at hand and there are limitless possibilities.

Required materials
Gather some household or found objects of your choice; this can be anything you have around your house that sparks inspiration e.g. tools, kitchen utensils, ornaments, fruit, lollies, etc.

About Eleanor and Giovanni

Eleanor Evans and Giovanni Aguilar are passionate animators and musicians who specialise in handcrafted animated music videos. They met in 2016 while studying at BAU Design College in Barcelona, and have been working together ever since. In 2019 their music video ​Imaginé ​won best music video at the Canberra Short Film Festival and Best National Music Video at the Bogota Music Video Awards.

Giovanni Aguilar Gutierrez is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia. He is a passionate artist and musician and studied graphic design at Universidad Autónoma del Caribe in Barranquilla. After graduating, Giovanni worked as a graphic design teacher, illustrator and art director. In 2016 he relocated to Barcelona where he graduated from BAU Design College with a Master of Stop Motion Animation.

Eleanor Evans graduated from ANU School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts. When she graduated, she exhibited stop motion based installations in Australian galleries. She also holds a Master of Stop Motion Animation from BAU Design College in Barcelona.

Website: www.eleanorgiovanni.com
Instagram: @eleanor.giovanni