Half Term Model Making Workshops with Aardman Animations

Tuesday 1 June 2021: 10am & 12:30pm

EVENT POSTPONED

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

About this event

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

At this session, you’ll discover how to make your very own model of inventor and Wallace’s best friend, Gromit which you can take home and keep.

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

Hands-on modelling workshop

Workshop times

  • 10:30am – 11:30am
  • 12pm – 1pm

Bursaries

We 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 tickets, please complete this short form. You will be asked to upload a photo/scan of evidence of your low income such as a mean-tested benefit or free school meals.

FAQs

Q: Can I take the model home that I create during a workshop?

A: Yes, please do!

Q: Is there an age restriction for this activity?

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

Q: Where is the Old Electric?

A:The Old Electric is on Springfield Road in Blackpool. The postcode is FY1 1QW. Their telephone number is 01253 834175. For more information, please visit the website.

Q: Do parents need to stay for the duration of the workshop?

A: 

– All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop. 

– Accompanying adults are not required to purchase a ticket, unless they wish to make a model too. 

– Please ensure that any siblings that are too young to participate in the workshop are supervised at all times.

Covid 19 safety

  • Please sign in/us the QR code to check in when entering the Old Electric. 
  • There are hand sanitiser points around the building, please make use of them.
  • If you are over 11years old, please wear a mask.
  • Social distancing of 1m+ applies. 
  • You will receive your own set of materials/resources – you do not have to share.

Please make sure that you are not experiencing symptoms related to Covid-19 such as high temperature, lack of smell and taste and a new persistent dry cough. If you show any symptoms you should not attend the event. 

Similarly, if you have been in contact with people exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms you should not attend the event. Please stay home and keep yourselves and others safe.

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 BPL: Activity 4, printing on fabric

This week we will be
⭐️printing on fabric using rollers and sponge dabbers⭐️. You’ll get a nice big canvas tote bag and a pencil case in your pack, so your tiny folk can keep all of their art kit nice and tidy.

Notes

  • If you do get paint on clothes or furnishings use soapy water to remove as soon as you can.
  • Fabric paint can take a while to dry. Once it’s touch dry (in about an hour) you’ll need to iron on the reverse of the fabric to fix it. If you don’t want to iron it, you just need to leave it to fix for 2 to 3 days.

You can download the step-by-step instructions here.

Here’s the video tutorial…

Happy Crafting!!! 

Mini Makers BPL: Activity 3, Coil Pots

This week’s activity…
⭐️Coil pots using air-dry clay⭐️

Important points:

  • Grown-ups: This activity will need your full supervision.
  • The clay is safe and non-toxic but do try and keep it out of tiny people’s mouths and wash your hands after use.
  • Also small pieces could be a choking hazard.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable using the air dry clay, please see Mint & Mamma’s video on how to make salt dough.
  • You have enough clay and moulding tools in your pack for you to experiment and do all kinds of different things, not just this clay pot tutorial. Enjoy! 😄

You can download the step-by-step instructions here.

Here’s the video tutorial…

Happy Crafting!!! 

Mini Makers BPL: Activity 2, Weaving

This week, we’re having a go at weaving!

You can download the step-by-step instructions here.

Here’s the video tutorial…

Happy Crafting!!! 

A Lovely Woolly Wall Hanging

Mini Makers BPL: Activity 1, Paper Windmills

This week our friends at South Beach Beacons have designed a paper windmill-making activity for us 🤩

Here’s a pic of what you’ll get in your pack:

You’ll also get some printed step-by-step instructions, you can download them here too.🎨 

Here’s the video tutorial…

Last but not least, here are some of the South Beach Beacons having a go at making their windmills.

Part 1

Part 2

Happy Crafting!!! 

Find out more about the Meet Me at the Windmill Project

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