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Wednesday, at the end of the animation workshop Tess from The Kilkenny People called in to interview me and talk with the group, as well as a photographer.  This is the second to last workshop, so the pressure was on to try to complete work, things got a bit hectic and giddiness set in. I hope she managed to make some sense of it all.

I caught Tess on camera too, but wait, who’s that rushing around in the background? Prizes to identify mystery person.

This is what you are up against if you take on a residency here, work harder or you get a clout.

Ever since I have painted the red shape on the gallery wall my plans have been changing, the space depicts what I am going to do, and the red shape has changed this dramatically. Plan ‘B’ is getting put into action.

The tuesday evening workshop was very possative, the realisation that everything has to be finished by next week made everyone step up a gear, and also I think its all making more sense now as they understand the process much more. The hardest challenge for me was trying to take a photo of people working without eating a biscuit in the shot, I obviously failed with this  challenge.

Also, the last of the funny window shots, as its now my window again! I am going to draw on this window, its mine!!! So their moment of fame is over, I do feel a bit mean about it.

Alé the designer called by to collect images for the exhibition PR, below was me showing him the stop motion program, no one is safe from my in built camera! He says he will call in again and try out the program.

On Tuesday, Steve an illustration student called in and started to work on the collaborative chalk animation. He spent the day here, I had to lock him in while I went to the garage (there is an escape button, he wasn’t really locked in) He did well over 200 pictures, more than the whole of Kilkenny managed to do in 5 weeks! Below one of the photos took of Steven’s drawings.

The Tuesday evening youth group seem to enjoy having their portraits on the window in John’s Street! I asked them if they would think about their portrait animations and bring in anything that may be relevant or that they’d want to include in the animations for the next week.

The Wednesday morning animation group had a break this week, Teresa came in, and also some ladies from the “5 to 6 Kilkenny Women’s Art Group”, which is an all inclusive arts project for women, they have their own house which is their studio and workshop space. 

This was more of a casual meeting rather than a structured workshop. I explained what I was teaching in the animation workshops and they all took part in both the chalk and drawing “collaborative animations” as a taster.

The SOS group called in again on Thursday with two different groups, again this wasn’t a structured workshop. The lads got stuck into the collaborative chalk drawing and everyone seemed to enjoy the visit.

Later that Thursday I had arranged to go KCAT  in Callan to talk to Declan and see the animations they had made there. KCAT is an open access arts and life long learning initiative and runs art and theatre courses, exhibits and performs locally and  internationally.

Declan runs a three week animation module at KCAT. Andrew Pike one of the studio artists showed me his epic cut out animation and I also got to see Aisling’s beautiful horse animation,  Aisling is in the Wednesday morning animation group, and although I knew animation came very naturally to her, this film really blew me away.

I also picked up a chair from Jean at KCAT, all will be revealed in a future post!

I discovered stop motion animation almost by accident. I had been trying to document my art work and was attempting to show how some parts of my work either has doors in them or parts that moved. In November 2008 I participated in a one day stop motion animation workshop with artist Aideen Barry at the Galway Film Centre. Aideen also gave me an extra tutorial on editing which was greatly appreciated.
Below is an example of what I had originaly intended on using the animation for:

…. but from that day I caught the animation bug.

Once you have the animation bug you find it hard to look a a regular drawing or image without concidering the potential to make it move. I am still learning animation and am teaching myself mainly through my many mistakes, it is important to have caught the ‘bug’ to enable you to spend so much time re-doing your work.

Since 2009 I invested in a laptop for the groups to use, cameras and tripods and am now delighted to be teaching basic stop motion animation to groups of all ages. It is such an enjoyable art form to teach and it combines so many different skills for groups to learn, the feedback is always so possotive, people just get blown away by the magic of making their work come to life.

At the same time as me discovering animation, artists Aideen Barry and Cathal Mc Carthy were working on “Words are My Prisoner” art project with Carrowbeg Theatre Company  in Westport, Co Mayo, I really liked the way the work combined all different art mediums in particular the input of animation.

I had seen on the W.A.M.P. website (the link above) an image of large projected animated  heads and I contacted them and asked if I could use the idea with the Tuesday animation group.

It also reminded me of the old Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer” video, the song I never liked, but the animation always fascinated me, it looks a bit dated mow though, below is a small 20 second snippet of the video.

In order to plan the workshop out I made my own projected face animation and it was great fun to do. I did this just in a couple of hours just for an example.

The second workshop went really well and the group enjoyed taking the photos, projecting them on the wall and tracing them. I have asked them to concider what will be happening and animated around their heads and to bring in any objects and images from home for the third session next week.

The drawings looked stunning and we stuck some up on the window. James stuck a brown envelope over his mouth, the drawings have been attracting a crowd at the windows.

Appollogies – the W.A.M.P. link doesn’t work, I will find out how to add the link correctly, but for now you can google it and you will get to their website.

Week three seemed to blur into just a mass of workshops, making art, buying materials, talking and generally totally loving working in Kilkenny and my fantastic big studio.

On Tuesday evening I ran the first of six animation workshops with a group of teenagers from Kilkenny.

Some had done a bit of animation before, we started with simple line drawing animation as its a great introduction to see results fast, and if you have animated before its always very enjoyable. I would usually ask the group to draw 12 images this makes up a whole second of animated film which can be looped if needed. The group got very absorbed and drew away up to fifty drawings.

This is a film is the results from their first session, there are two of the girls animations missing as they took them home to work on. The music is evidence of my extremely dodgy taste in music, the group will decide their own music or sounds for their final piece. I just crudely edited this together just for the blog.

Youtube seems to cut the last bit out of films, so you miss the flowers falling over in this film. I will sort this out later on.

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The aim and focus of the Art Residency at No. 76 is to enable the successful applicant to research and develop their practice. Other aims of the residency are to: give insights into how and why artists create their work, build relationships and further promote the Arts, provide an awareness and further appreciation of the Arts, cultivate and develop new audiences. The Kilkenny Arts Office is part of

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