Animation Workshop


13 Apr 2019


11:00 am - 4:30 pm


£9 per workshop or £15 for days

The Fastest Draw – Animation Workshop

Scottish-based animation company, D Fie Foe Productions, visits Cockermouth to present two exciting animation workshops.


A lively animation workshop that demonstrates how cool 2D animation can be created even if (you believe) your drawing skills are limited! This workshop is for messy artists and cartoon fanatics alike!

The group will learn traditional sequence drawn animation skills, working on paper with animation light boxes. Participants will be creating sequences of free-flowing charcoal animation, using broad strokes, abstract lines and rhythmical patterns – fluid fun with the emphasis on creation of the animated movement. Final film footage (approved by participants) will be made available on-line.

Based in Scotland, D Fie Foe’s portfolio includes: cutting edge short films; animated title sequences; logos; projections for theatre shows & work with commercial clients to create compelling content. Their many education projects span the UK.

Sat. 13 April

1100 – 1300         8-12 years

1430 – 1630         10-16 years



Animation created using real people as puppets! A practical workshop creating short animated films that mix traditional stop-frame animation, time-lapse, looping and pixilation. Halfway between drama and stopframe animation, it’s a great way to make quirky films relatively quickly!

Working with experts in the field, participants will brainstorm their microfilm ideas, work on the fundamentals of animation, and then get physical creating dynamic pixilated sequences and learning how to combine different types of footage together to create a seamless piece.

All work will be constructed to loop effectively, leading to lively shareable media. These are currently trendy areas of film-making: however, all learning is fully backed up with traditional skills and animation techniques. Final films (approved by the participants) will be made available online no more than two weeks after the workshop.

Sun. 14 April

1100 – 1300         8-12 years

1430 – 1630         10-16 years

Hourly Schedule

Day 1

11am - 1pm
8-12 years
Morning session aimed at 8-12 years
2:30pm - 4:30pm
10-16 years
Afternoon session aimed at 10-16 years
The Kirkgate Centre is a COVID19 secure venue.
We ask customers not to attend if any of the following symptoms are present:
- a new and persistent cough
- a high temperature
- any loss of, or change to, your sense of smell/taste
Hand sanitiser is provided upon entry to the building, and additional cleaning measures have been introduced.
There is a one way system in operation, and persons visiting the building must leave their name and contact number on entry.
(Please note this is not required for those who have booked in advance for a show, or those attending classes where records of attendees are already kept).

Face coverings must be worn inside the building and all safety signs and advice must be adhered to by all staff, volunteers and visitors.
Thank you for your patience at this challenging time.