Animazing

Bringing children's television to life

Inspired by classic stop-motion favourites like the Clangers and The Magic Roundabout, alongside modern claymation classics like Wallace & Gromit, we show how skilled animators turned pieces of cardboard, simple knitted characters and intricate plasticine models into television shows we all fell in love with.

If you're looking for something new and different to entertain the kids, or you're interested in animation yourself, we're running regular workshops on Saturdays from our new studio in Eastbourne, East Sussex. See below for more information.

The Animazing team have also put together a fantastic collection of memorabilia covering over 70 years of children's television, along with recreations of some of the traditional techniques used, and a range of fun hands-on interactive activities. We presented these at our first exhibition in Hailsham in 2016, which was an outstanding success.

The Animazing exhibition for summer 2017 will be at the new Devonshire Collective DC1 Gallery in Eastbourme at the end of August. There will be many items from our collection on display alongside exciting hands on activities where you can try your hand at different television-making techniques.

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FUTURE EVENTS
Cardboard Animation Workshop
Date TBC 13:30 - 16:00 (age 6+) £10*

Claymation Workshop
18th March 10:00 - 13:00 (age 8 to adult) £12* Book now

Animazing Collection @ Towner Art Gallery
Come and see some of our fantastic collection of memorabilia from 70 years of children's television, from Muffin the Mule and Sooty and Sweep, to Thunderbirds and Wallace & Gromit.
Good Friday 14th April 14:00 - 15:00 Free admission

Animazing Exhibition - Summer 2017
Our fantastic interactive exhibition bringing over 70 years of children's television to life will be coming to Eastbourne in August 2017.
DC1 Gallery, 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN21 3PL
Free admission

Live Television News Workshop
Date TBA (age 8+)

Drawn Animation Workshop
Date TBA

* a small booking fee applies
ABOUT OUR WORKSHOPS

Workshops will be 2.5 to 3 hours long and will take place on Saturday morning or afternoon at our new studio in Eastbourne, East Sussex. Workshops are just £10.50 per person and include all materials required. Many workshops will include making an item to take home, and all videos produced by participants can be uploaded to our YouTube channel and/or taken home on a USB stick. All participants will receive a certificate on completion of the workshop.

In addition to the main workshop activity, participants will also be able to have a go at being a puppeteer and star in their own green screen adventure video.

The minimum age will be 6 or 8 depending on the individual workshop and there is no upper age limit. Adults are more than welcome to sign up for our workshops. If you just wish to supervise/observe your child then you may attend for free.

There are limited places on each workshop so booking is essential.
REVIEWS
Some of the nice things some of our visitors have said about us.

"Fabulous time spent at the exhibition this afternoon. So glad we made it!"

"My son attended this today. IT WAS EXCELLENT amazing what can be achieved in 90 minutes. Thank you."

"What a fantastic opportunity for our children to learn more about animation and other aspects of TV and production. Had an animazing time"

"Animazing! What a brilliant exhibition - great fun, hands-on joy for kids and adults!"

"FAB! Superb, great idea, well made"

"Brilliant fun for a 7 year old budding film maker"
WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES
Puppets
All age groups
Muffin the mule was the very first children's television character and appeared on TV from the 1940s. Other early puppet characters included Sooty & Sweep.
All workshops include an opportunity to try your hand as a puppeteer and your videos can be uploaded to our YouTube channel.
Can you make a string puppet walk and dance on TV?
Cardboard Animation Workshop
2.5 hours - £10* - Age 6+
This beginners workshop is a great introduction to stop-motion, using a technique used to bring characters like 'Ivor the Engine' to life.
Draw your own character or bring a favourite book and trace one.
Use a lightpad to create different poses for your character.
Fix your character drawings to card and cut them out.
Prepare a background and create your animation using our easy-to-use stop-motion computer.
Take your characters home with you and watch your creation on YouTube.
This workshop is limited to 6 participants.
Claymation Workshop
3 hours - £12* - Age 8 to adult
Characters like Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph were brought to life in plasticine.
Create a wire armature (skeleton).
Create your own plasticine character.
Animate them using our specialist stop-motion computer.
Take your character home with you and share your animation with friends and family on YouTube.
This workshop is limited to 6 participants.
Green Screen Studio
All age groups
Step into the magic of the movies when you enter our green screen studio. Choose from a dinosaur chase, swimming with a giant turtle, exploring space, or many others.
All workshops include use of the green screen studio and videos can be uploaded to YouTube to share at home (subject to parental consent).
Live Television News Workshop
TBA
Choose the best news articles for the day.
Conduct interviews and prepare the weather forecast.
Will you be a newsreader, weather forecaster, camera operator, editor or director?
After rehearsals, go live on our YouTube channel and deliver the news and weather.
Drawn Animation
TBA
Classic favourites such as Dangermouse and the Mr. Men were hand drawn then traced and painted onto 1000s of individual animation cels.
Start by drawing or tracing your own character on animation paper.
Use a lightpad to make key frames and in-between frames.
Then trace and paint your own animation cels.
Create a scene background then use our rostrum computer to animate your scene.
* a small booking fee applies
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FIND US
Animazing Studios, Unit 1, Technology Business Park
Moy Avenue, Eastbourne BN22 8LD
There is free parking and a bicycle rack on site and we are a 15-20 minute walk from Eastbourne station. You will find us next to St. Wilfrid's Hospice shop.
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