First Steps Model Making - October 2020

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Course Details

A three day intensive course in which participants are guided through the process of making a generic training puppet capable of performing the essential actions required in animation. COST: £1,080

Course Details

Run by veteran Aardman model maker Jim Parkyn alongside another experienced model maker. Both tutors are vastly experienced and will ensure each participant has ample support and feedback throughout every stage of the process.

The course begins with armature assembly, followed by coring and then cladding and the puppet will be finished with a basic cored plastazote head without features. The finished puppets will be ideal for practising many stop motion animation techniques including walk cycles, squash and stretch and lifting.

At the end of the course, each participant will have a one-to-one tutorial with Jim to discuss their puppet build and future plans for the use of their puppet.

Who is it For?

Students (18 years and above), graduates, model makers or animators looking to enhance their model making and animation skills.

NB some fabrication experience is preferred and basic drawing skills are essential.

Next course

October 2020 – dates TBC. Register your interest now:


£1,080 (including VAT)


Aardman Academy, Aardman Animations, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol BS1 6UN


Jim Parkyn

Jim has worked at Aardman since 2000, starting on the studio’s hugely successful feature film Chicken Run. His credits include Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists and Timmy Time. Jim has a wealth of experience as a senior model maker and team leader in the puppet department and also has a role as an Aardman ambassador, running model making workshops in venues all around the world.


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