ELEVENSES / by Tim Hopgood

Wednesday again! I haven't been able to get The Coffee Pot song out of my head all week. One line in particular really made me laugh 'I COFFEE POT YOUR HAPPY DISPOSITION'.  

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Back in July, I was invited to the National Portrait Gallery to take part in Children's Art Day. The workshop was titled 'Moving Portraits' and was open to anyone over 5. I started the session by showing how you can have fun with faces and expressions just by using cut paper, crayons and an ink splodge!

Everyone then had a go at animating their pictures, by moving the cut out parts of their image by hand under a fixed camera. 

This was thanks to the wonderful help of top animators Elizabeth Hobbs and Wendy Scott who guided us through the stop-frame animation process. The results were fantastic.

We finished the day by showing all the work on a BIG screen in the Gallery's main lecture theatre. Keep your eye out for more FREE family events at the National Portrait Gallery in 2011.