Model Making Summer School 2020 - POSTPONED - REGISTER NOW FOR 2021

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Course Details

A ten day intensive course in which participants are guided through the model making process in greater depth by a highly experienced team of Aardman model makers, finishing with a fully completed model based on their own character design. COST: £3,000

Course Details

Run by veteran model maker Jim Parkyn alongside another experienced model maker and a costume designer. All tutors are vastly experienced in their own areas of expertise, ensuring that each participant has ample support and feedback throughout every stage of the build.

The course begins with the participant’s pre-prepared designs being individually assessed by the tutors. The wire armatures are then assembled (NB ball and socket armatures can be ordered at a subsidised rate if preferred). The armatures are then cored and cladded and dressed. The model is assembled. Heads and hands are made, along with a set of mouth shapes and eyes. Rigging will also be covered in this course. The tutors will help participants draw out the unique characteristics of their model with finishing touches such as the hair, and a costume specialist will guide participants on how to make costumes for their model.

During the ten days, two masterclasses will be delivered by additional specialists from within the Aardman – one on character design and one on stop frame animation. There will also be tours of the model making departments at both Aardman sites.

At the end of the course each participant will have a one-to-one tutorial with Jim and their finished model will be photographed by a professional photographer on a cove.

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 and model making experience is preferable in order for participants to get the most out this course.

Basic drawing skills are essential.

Please note that the best character designs for this course are simple.

All basic necessary materials are provided but participants are asked to bring in any materials that are specific to their character design.

Next Course

29th June – 10th July 2020 – SOLD OUT – REGISTER NOW FOR 2021


£3,000 (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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