Fun with Zoetropes! Make a Moving Picture Machine

Tutor: Frayah Humphries

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 8 people.

Full Day

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A Zoetrope is one of the original pre-film forms of animation and can be lots of fun to create for yourself. A favourite of the Victorians, a zoetrope is a cylinder that uses an optical illusion to create the impression of movement from a strip of images viewed through slits when the cylinder is spun. Amusing animated sequences can be easily created and interchanged and the zoetrope itself can be decorated so it becomes an attractive and fun thing to have around.

With Frayah as your guide, you will construction your own zoetrope and learn how to create a series of images that will appear to be animated. You don’t have to be able to draw – there are other ways! Let your imagination run away with your animations and then decorate the zoetrope in traditional Victorian style or create a more contemporary look.

A day of fun creating something that you can use and add to at home.

Please note there is a £10 material charge payable on the day.

Click on the title below to find a list of what you’ll need to bring with you if anything.

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

Everything you need for this workshop will be provided. However, you might want to come with some ideas for an animated sequence. Search the internet for zoetrope animations to get an idea....

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