Issue date: 13 January 2011
The Department of Art and Design at the University of the West of England is hosting a visit from a Bristol primary school with a hearty dose of fun woven into the learning.
On 14 January, more than 80 pupils from Fair Furlong Primary School, in Withywood, Bristol, will visit the Department as part of an ambitious animation project which they will be working on through the spring term. The project is pirate themed and will use animation and the technical and creative skills involved in making animated films to encourage the pupils to develop their ICT, language, production and team-working skills.
The pupils and teachers from Fair Furlong will work with specialist animation staff and student ambassadors in a one day workshop where they will learn skills in animation, and begin to develop some of their own ideas for the project once they get back to school.
Pupils will work alongside undergraduate animators and have the opportunity to view some of the work that students at UWE's Bristol School of Animation are producing in 2D, 3D and digital technologies.
The visit has been planned by Fair Furlong teacher Laura Bond and UWE lecturer, Sam Thomson, who co-ordinates the work done by the Department of Art and Design with schools and colleges across the city. The Department has an extensive programme of work with schools and colleges which runs throughout the year and includes work with primary and secondary schools, further education providers and informal education organisations.
Sam said “We love running projects like this where a small amount of time given by UWE's specialist Art and Design staff can really help to support the work that our colleagues are doing with younger students across the city. This kind of workshop can inspire young people to think that Art, Design and Media might be the route that they want to take as they progress through the education system. We're thrilled to be involved in working with children who are just starting to learn what might be possible in terms of animation – when it's all new, it is so exciting!”