Model Making Workshop with Aardman Animations: Shaun the Sheep

Join an expert model maker from Aardman Animations for a fun, hands-on clay modelling workshop. 

About this Event

At this online session, you’ll discover how to make your very own model of Shaun the Sheep – The unusually bright and clever sheep who lives at Mossy Bottom farm. 

Budding animators will also get a rare chance to ask questions about the tricks of the trade straight from the Aardman studio and learn about the animation process involved in the making of their award winning films.

This online model making workshop will take place on Zoom. One of Aardman’s expert model makers will guide you through the workshop as you create your very own Shaun the Sheep character out of modelling clay.

Types of ticket

You can choose from the following:

  • Workshop (stream) only: You only need 1 of these per household/screen – £10

If you live in a FY postcode area, you can order clay kits that contain everything you need for the workshop. These will be hand delivered (contactless) and are only available to households in FY postcode areas:

  • Online Workshop with clay kit for 1 person – £12.50
  • Online Workshop with clay kit for 2 people – £15
  • Online Workshop with clay kit for 3 people – £17.50
  • Online Workshop with clay kit for 4 people – £20

If you are ordering a kit, you will need to place your order by Friday 12 February so that we can prepare and deliver your kit in time for the workshop. You can book the workshop only ticket up until 1 hour before the event.

We have a limited number of free spaces for those with low incomes. For more information on these, please see the FAQ section below.

FAQs

Q: Is there an age restriction for this activity?

A: This event is most suitable for ages 7 years+. 

Q: Can anyone order a kit?

A: The clay kits are only available to households in FY postcode areas. We’re Blackpool based and our volunteer delivery drivers will not be able to deliver further afield.

Q: I don’t live in an FY postcode, where can I order the materials?

A: You will need to purchase materials for your household in advance of the workshop. Please buy these as soon as possible, bearing in mind delivery times for online orders. The materials you will need per person are:

  • White clay: 130g
  • Black clay: 70g
  • Toothpicks x 5
  • Worksheet (we will send this to you upon registration)
  • Baby wipes or a flannel / towel (to clean hands with when switching from black to white clay)

For the clay, we recommend using Newplast, but other types of modelling clay will be fine too (e.g. Fimo, Play-Doh, Plasticine). You can buy Newplast from Cowling & Wilcox, Hobbycraft or Fred Aldous. Our local supplier ArtDiscount currently has a  30% off discount offer on Fimo at the moment too.

There are also recipes online where you can make your own clay out of household ingredients, if you are feeling particularly creative!

Q: What do I get in the kit?

A: You will receive everything that you need to take part in the workshop, this includes specialist modelling clay.

About the online workshop

Q: Will anyone be able to see me during the workshop?

A: No, we will run the workshop using the Zoom webinar format. This will automatically switch off your camera and microphone. While you will be able to see the model maker giving the demonstration, the model maker won’t be able to see you. You also won’t be able to see any of the other participants.

Q: Can I Ask Questions?

A: You will be able to ask questions via the Chat tool. Please feel free to ask questions / make comments throughout the workshop. Likewise, if you need anything to be repeated please do let us know!

Bursaries

Model Making Workshop with Aardman Animations: Shaun the SheepWe have a limited number of free places available for people on low incomes living in FY postcode areas. If you would like to request one of these ticket, please complete this short form. You will be asked to upload a photo/scan of evidence of your low income such as mean-tested benefit or free school meals.

Mini Makers

Children’s Art & Craft time in Blackpool!

Check out our new project with Mint & Mamma and Betterstart Blackpool for children aged 0-4 years.We’re delivering art and craft packs to your doorstep alongside online tutorials:

We’ve created a series of craft kits to deliver to families, so that they can have their own art sessions in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Each kit will contain:

  • All the materials needed to carry out the activity
  • Step by step instructions
  • A link to online video tutorials for those with a more visual learning style or those who may struggle with literacy.

We’re looking for 25 children to receive 1 pack a week over a 4 week period. There will be a mix of crafty activities, all of which are suitable for very young children. You’ll be invited to join a Facebook group so that you can chat to other parents, share your tiny person’s artwork and give us some feedback on the activities.

The packs (and delivery) are free, but places are limited so make sure that you sign up.

***SIGN UP NOW CLOSED***

Sorry you’ve missed this one 🙁

At the moment, packs will be distributed to families that live in these Blackpool wards:

  • Bloomfield
  • Brunswick
  • Claremont
  • Clifton
  • Park
  • Talbot
  • Victoria

Get Knotted! Beginners Macramé for Voluntary Arts Week

 

Macramé (making textiles using knotting techniques) has made a huge comeback, so we’re hosting a drop-in beginners sessions in Charabanc this Voluntary Arts Week.

Anyone can come and have a go at making plant hangers. The workshop is FREE and includes all materials and plants. You can take your hangers home with you too!  

Come and see how much fun craft and making can be.

See the Facebook Event

Get Knotted A4

Handmade on the High Street

Pop-up Fashion Market

A chance to shop for locally made fashion and accessories at a Town Centre location on:

  • Saturday 8th December (10am-6pm) and
  • Sunday 9th December (10am-6pm).

Money raised from Handmade on the Highstreet will go to local community arts organisations Aunty Social and NWBaseline, so that they can organise more creative and cultural activities in Blackpool.

Stallholders
Stalls cost £15 per day or £25 for the weekend.
Your stall should sell 70% fashion and/or accessories, this includes handmade, customised or vintage.

If you would like a stall in this great Hounds Hill location, please email for a booking form or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

 

Aunty at Me&FYC: New pop-up shop in Blackpool

Do come and visit Blackpool’s newest pop-up shop, Me&FYC. It’s an exclusive fashion boutique selling clothing, accesories and gifts for men and women.  All of the products are handmade or up-cycled, made with love by talented local designers – either made in or inspired by Blackpool & Fylde.

We’ll be selling some lovely bags, badges, cufflinks, hair accessories and rings.

Open from Friday 17th August at 11am (Launch party 6-8pm)
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm until Saturday 1st September.

Me& FYC Facebook page

Me&FYC Twitter page

FYCreatives, 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 3PS

 

Aunty, Aunty, where are you?

Here I am!  Here I am!  How do you do?

It’s been a while since the last post, but we have been ever so busy with planning activities for this month and beyond.  Over the Bank Holiday weekend, we painted a gazillion faces and helped nippers make lots of pretty bracelets and necklaces at YOMOFO ‘Alfresco’ at Stanley Park Cricket Club.  Despite the yucky weather, it was a grand day out, with plenty of activities, brill music and smiling faces.

So, this is where we will be in June:

Watch out for other crafty activities in between!

Free Art Fridays part 2

Aunty has been ninja-ing around Blackpool town centre again leaving little crafty prizes for one and all.  This time we have badges, jewellery and a cuddly chicken called Clive along with a card and a little note.

We hope that the lucky finders will get in touch and let us know that the pieces have found a good home.  Why not pop into town and see if there are any still there?  The clues are in the photos!

Free Art Fridays: Aunty Spreads the crafty love!

Aunty has just been on a free art drop in Blackpool town centre.  Arty Farty Fridays, started by local screen print artist Robin Ross and inspired by the capers of street artist My Dog Sighs involves placing art on the street for members of the public to find and take home.  For more on the background of Free Art Fridays and the movement in general see the Facebook page.

Aunty has been sneaky-sneaking about Blackpool town centre leaving little bundles of fun for people to keep.  We left a selection of badges, jewellery and hair accessories along with a card and a note.  We hope that the lucky finders will get in touch and let us know that the pieces have found a good home.  Why not pop into town and see if there are any still there?  The clues are in the photos!

Blackpool Arty Farty Friday Facebook group.

Flying the Flag: A crowdsourced textile art project

Last month Knittaz with Attitude took part in The Fabric of the Flag exhibition at FY Creatives in Blackpool.

For The Fabric of the Flag curator Robin Ross invited a group of artists to consider issues which surround the idea of a flag. Responses looked at the properties of flags in wide ranging terms; influence, symbolism, inspiration and even the basics of the fabric which makes them.

“Flags are changing nations lives, futures and indeed the political map of the world.”

Artists: Aunty Social / Edwin Firminger / Garth Gratrix / Kevin Walsh
Jamie Cook / Robin Ross / Sam Horsley / Shane Gray / Sharen Kaur / Ruby Coupe

Naturally, ours was woolly 😀
A big thank you to all who took part knitting and crocheting squares and stars and sewing pieces together.  An extra big thank you to those of you who found us via Twitter and posted squares to us…you rock!

 

Pop goes the Workshop: Part 2

FREE Beadcraft workshop.
Make bracelets, earrings, phone charms and keyrings.
2:30pm to 4pm at the Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool.
Suitable for all ages.

Drop in at any time between 2:30pm and 4pm
Facebook Event Page

Here’s the event poster and photos from last week’s session…