Category Archives: Cartoon workshops

SUMMER HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS – HOBART

THU JAN 12 | FRI JAN 13 | THU FEB 2 | FRI FEB 3 @ Cooper Screen Academy, 131 Macquarie St, Hobart

10am – 3pm | $100 / day| ages 9 – 14 only (why?)

PLEASE NOTE:  The Creative Cartooning intensives are for dedicated drawers, who enjoy being immersed in drawing for long periods of time.  If you think your child will have difficulty focusing for that long, please find them a more suitable activity as this is a class not a childcare program.

Please ensure your child brings plenty of (nut-free) food and drink for the day.  Students must stay onsite at all times.

These 5-hr workshops make use of innovative drawing games & processes Bradfield has designed over 25 years of teaching.  Drawing is an important creative thinking tool, and an excellent way to build connections in the brain, especially for children.  Drawing enables children to have fun (relaxed brain) while problem-solving (alert creative focused brain).

Each workshop is different, shaped by the ideas of the group.  There are structured activities which become springboards for either specific drawing concepts or open creative exploration.  There are times to free-draw.  Throughout the day, each student can make suggestions, contribute thoughts and share (or question) ideas.

The idea is to encourage a learning environment that is vibrant yet calming, inspiring and reflective, where the common bond is creativity.

Bradfield breaks down drawing by modelling simple ways to experiment with creative cartoon & drawing techniques.  These techniques can be applied to any style of drawing.

Students are encouraged to think about their process as they draw, to learn from each other & extend beyond their usual drawing habits.  Observation, line control & technique, focusing & making new connections are just some of the skills developed.

Limited to 12 spaces only!

Please book early to ensure the course goes ahead:

bradfield@bradfielddumpleton.com | 0413 575 113

Bradfield is a professional arts educator & illustrator, and has been teaching creative drawing and thinking skills for over 25 years.

 

 

 

 

 

ILLUSTRATION – KNOX CITY COUNCIL

PrintCommunity arts, health & well-being and education seem to be where I gravitate in my creative work.  Over the last 20 years I’ve often been engaged by councils, usually via their Community Arts or Community Development teams, to facilitate workshops, youth or community arts projects, or provide illustration such as promotional art, logo design & educational material.

In Tasmania, I’ve collaborated with at various times with Huon, Hobart, Kingborough, South Midlands & Glenorchy Councils since moving here in 2001.  As with teachers, I have great respect for the dedicated individuals who work at the forefront of community development.  They are often very caring, creative (and resourceful!) people who genuinely want to enable positive opportunities for their communities, despite the bureaucratic restraints of the system they work within.

From 2007 – 2016 I enjoyed a longstanding working relationship with Knox City Council’s community arts team, providing the branding for the annual Knox Arts Festival, illustration for various community education resources, and artwork for what became an award-winning public transport advocacy campaign.

KNOX COMMUNITY ARTS FESTIVAL (2007 – 2013)knox-2010-detail

I was first engaged by Knox in 2007 via Anthony McInneny, who I’d previously worked with on a Youth Arts project for Glen Eira Council.  I was asked to create a bold, colourful and slightly Seuss-ish look for the Knox Arts Festival marketing, and for the next 7 years this style continued as the festival brand.  Each year’s festival had a different theme that tied together community, diversity, environment and the arts.  My illustrations were used across all advertising materials, posters, postcards, programs, on canvas banners and even on aprons, T-shirts etc.  I also ran continuous cartooning workshops in Ferntree Gully library over the festival weekend.  There was something deliciously subversive about being almost completely anonymous at the event, surrounded by my artwork trumpeting itself all over the festival on banners, signage, and the like.

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In 2009, as part of Knox’s Waste Education program into the community and primary schools, I was asked to design a family of characters respresenting the 3 different household bins used in the Shire – ie household waste, recycling and green waste.  The Bin Family were used as mascots across various print media and on the Council’s website, and I also designed a deck of playing cards based on the ‘Happy Families’ card game of old, except the families were representing different categories of rubbish eg the Can family, the Bottle family, the Hard Waste family and so on.  The cards could be downloaded from the Council website, printed and stuck on cardboard, for school students to play with.

In fact the cards were a favourite with my own kids for many years.  They’re not on the Knox website anymore, but you can download the whole deck here (If you glue them onto fairly thick cardboard, the cards will last years – ours are still going!)

‘WHO’S ON BOARD’ PUBLIC TRANSPORT CAMPAIGN

i-want-youIn 2010, Knox Council’s communications team devised and delivered a public transport advocacy campaign titled ‘Who’s on Board?’, aimed at getting firm government commitments to better public transport in Melbourne’s east in the lead up to the 2011 State election.

Knox Council briefed me to design a central “mascot” character and a selection of supporting images around which all the marketing would be built.  The campaign was a huge success. It generated enormous community interest and media coverage and would go on to win the Best Communication Award at the 2012 Government Communications Australia awards.

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In the award submission prepared in support of ‘Who’s on Board?’ (download here), you can see some of the far-reaching applications of the mascot (named Barney Boardman in a Knox schools competition).  I was surprised to note that while the document acknowledges that their decision to use cartoons was integral in their marketing strategy (as a way of engaging the community in a potentially dry campaign), nowhere in the document am I credited as the artist.  There is a passing mention of the artwork being created “in-house”, which is incorrect: Council out-sourced the art to a professional illustrator (me) who lives interstate and was probably a cheaper option than local illustrators.  Sadly this reflects common attitudes about freelance cartoon illustration – that in being “merely” functional, it’s not a particularly valued artform or skill, and the artist’s contribution is expected to remain anonymous unless of course you generate some kind of celebrity for yourself…an option I’ve always found unappealing as I’m really not of a chestbeating temperament.

ROAD SAFETY BOOKLETknox-road-safety-4-detail

I like commercial illustration jobs that involve some element of education, that require a clarity of line in order to communicate an immediate message, in a style that is perhaps innocuous but warm enough for people to connect with the content.  As an artist who is no stranger to creative complexity, I relish bringing deliberate economy to this style of cartoon drawing, making every small symbol or cliche matter, a hand, a glance in a particular direction, the space between two lines, finding balance with minimal expression.

This particular brief, a booklet on Road Safety for families dropping off / picking up their kids from school,  was all the more satisfying because it was about keeping kids safe – something I feel very passionate about.

Professionally, I was challenged by the fact that in the 80s another cartoonist had already illustrated essentially the same booklet, which Knox Council had supplied me & were really just asking me to copy and “update” his work.  I felt a moral tangle – solidarity with the previous cartoonist, compassion and yet guilt at my own betrayal, concerns about copyright, my desperate need to pay bills and my disgust at it all being reduced to money and survival.  As I applied my own skills to the job, I wondered a lot about the other cartoonist and his life, and this added a whole other depth to my process.

Well, someone has to care about these things, at least momentarily, because generally most people don’t….

Once again, despite my signature on all the drawings and the fact that the booklet is comprised entirely of nothing but artwork, there was no creative credit for myself or the previous artist –  “produced by the Local Laws Department, Knox Council”.  Perhaps I am a Department of Laws unto myself?

You can download the booklet here if you wish to share it with your school.  Personally I think the booklet is a fantastic idea and relevant to the safety of all our young kids.

RESIDENTS RATES BROCHURE

Earlier this year, Knox produced a brochure for residents of the Shire, outlining a breakdown of  where spending of rates was occurring.  I provided an assortment of generic images that were then placed in the brochure.  Knox got the design idea from another council’s rates brochure, but I do think they did a better job on the design of this one, much warmer and user-friendly.

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SIDEWALK MOBILITY POSTCARDS

My last job for the Knox team was this series of illustrations which became postcards delivered to Knox residents.  The drawings basically depict before / after scenarios reminding residents to keep their gardens off the sidewalks so that people in wheelchairs, scooters, walking frames, strollers etc can enjoy a more pleasant mobile experience as they traverse the suburban thoroughfares.

 

 

Death Cafe: Visual Scribing @ Calvary Hospital 2015

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DEATH CAFE, CALVARY HOSPITAL, JULY 4 2015

In 2015 I was invited to provide live cartoon “scribing” at a Calvary Hospital event in Hobart. It was a 2-hour “Death Café”, in which the general public were invited to meet and have open conversations about death and dying – not a grief group, but a safe space in which to normalise the usually-taboo subject.

death cafe 4More than 1000 pop-up Death Cafes have been organised by communities & health organisations around the world since 2004. Swiss sociologist / anthropologist Bernard Crettaz held the first Death Café after recognising the need to break the culture of secrecy around death & dying.

At the Calvary event, participants sat around the room in small groups, and my role was to move around the room, listening in on the various conversations and extrapolating the main themes, which I then tried to distill into images & words on two whiteboards.

This was both a creative and personal challenge. Leading up to the event, it made me think about my own mortality more, and practical aspects of death such as preparing a will, and it prompted some challenging conversations with my two adolescent children and my partner. Naturally we avoid speaking about our death with people we love because it touches on deep feelings of sadness & loss, but open conversations can help us feel more prepared for that loss when it happens, and potentially help us appreciate the time we do have with each other more fully.

death cafe 3Creatively, while I have decades of experience drawing spontaneously with groups in new situations, I had never tried live “visual scribing” before, and I was nervous about whether I could deliver something meaningful in a brief 2 hours.

In the end, it was a gently powerful experience for everyone, and the conversations ranged from attitudes about suicide, to feeling more alive in the face of death, to the commercialization of death, to the dangers of shielding children from death, and beyond. It was both fascinating and a privilege to be allowed to listen in on people’s stories, and many people found that my drawings helped them reflect more deeply, and even created connections across the room between separate conversations.

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The Death Cafe team: Aneeta Oakley, Sarah De Jonge, Cath Schlyder, Belinda Clarke & Santa Claus

 

APRIL 2016 CARTOON INTENSIVES @ Cooper Screen Academy, Hobart

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CARTOON INTENSIVES @ COOPER SCREEN ACADEMY

10am – 3pm | ages 9 – 14 only (why?) | $100 per workshop |Cooper Screen Academy, 131 Macquarie St, Hobart

Limited to 12 spaces only!

BOOKINGS: bradfield@bradfielddumpleton.com | 0413 575 113

PLEASE NOTE:  These 5-hr drawing intensives are for keen drawers, who are happy being immersed in drawing for long periods of time.  Each session is 5 hours long, including a short lunchbreak.  Please ensure your child brings PLENTY of food & drink for the day.

If you think your child will have difficulty focusing on drawing for that long, please find them a more suitable activity as this is not a childcare program!

Bradfield’s School of Cartoon Artistry workshops provide an inspiring, thought-provoking & relaxing creative learning experience.  Students are encouraged to think about their process as they draw, to learn from each other & extend beyond their usual drawing habits.  Observation, line control & technique, focusing & making new connections are just some of the skills developed.  These techniques apply to all styles of drawing.

Bradfield is a professional arts educator & illustrator, and has been inspiring children of all ages for over 25 years.

WED APR 20 GROSS’N’GHOULLY

How do you get that snot to drip just right?  Or the flesh to peel convincingly off that zombie?  Advanced techniques for drawing really disgusting stuff!

Check out this gallery of drawings from other Gross’N’Ghoully workshops!


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THU APR 21CRITTERS’N’BEASTIES

Learn some simple but sophisticated techniques for creating your own creatures, real or imagined.  Skin textures (fur, armour, feathers etc), shading, animal anatomy (legs, tails, wings etc) – whether your style is cute, cartoony or realistic / fantasy, these techniques will really help to bring your creature drawings to life!

Check out this gallery of drawings from other Critters’N’Beasties workshops!

SEPT 2015 thINK DRAW CONNECT LEARN @ Kingston LINC

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thINK DRAW CONNECT LEARN All-Day Drawing Game!

@ KINGSTON LINC (aka the Library)

FRI OCT 9 | 10 am – 3 pm |  Ages 9 – 14 only (why?) | $60

A NEW drawing workshop that moves around the thINK DRAW CONNECT LEARN BoredGame – a day full of innovative drawing games to fire the imagination & get you drawing in new ways!

Students will create their own player piece (there may be Slugbunnies involved…) to use on a giant interactive boardgame which contains endless combinations of drawing challenges.  Face Cards, Doodle Cards, Flipbooks, Spin-The-Pencil, Fold-Ups and more – this is a choose-your-own-adventure Totally Random workshop!

Open to all drawing levels, from beginners to more experienced.  The focus is on fun & individual creativity, and responding to the process of drawing as they play this non-competitive, creative game.  Students will need to communicate, work together & practice decision-making as they go.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a 5-hour day, a long one for many kids.  Please ensure your child brings plenty of food & drink.  All students must stay onsite at all times, and a short lunch break will be supervised in the courtyard area in front of the Library.

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SEPT 2015 2-DAY CARTOON INTENSIVE

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2-DAY WORKSHOP:  JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF YOUR MIND!!!

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See drawings from last July’s Journey hereMELBOURNE and HOBART.

TUES SEPT 29 & WED SEPT 30 @ Cooper Screen Academy, Hobart

10am – 2pm | $100 | ages 9 – 14 only (why?)

A 2-Day Creative Cartooning intensive for experienced drawers, using thINK drawing games to experiment with creative cartoon techniques, as we investigate the question:

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Day 1:  Students will be mentored through a professional illustration process – discussing the concept, sharing ideas & experimenting with their own, making visual notes & developing concept drawings, planning a design for their final image.

Day 2:  Students will make any final adjustments to their idea, then take their design to finished art stage,  a black & white ink drawing on quality art paper (suitable for framing later if they wish), which they can scan and have featured in issue #5 of THUNKCheck out previous issues of THUNK here!

As usual, I’ll provide drawing games & “experiments” to get the kids thinking in new ways about drawing technique, and to push them into new areas of their own creativity.  I’ll also be offering professional tips based on my years as a designer & illustrator.  The focus is on fun skills, new perspectives, and creative inspiration.

SOUNDS SERIOUS? Well yes & no!  My aim in this workshop is for the students to gain a better understanding of a professional artist process, to take an idea and try it from different angles so that it has room to grow and refine.  This workshop is about still being spontaneous with ideas, but also taking more care in how they are put to paper.

BOOKINGS:  bradfield@bradfielddumpleton.com | 0413 575 113

PLEASE NOTE:  These 4-hr drawing intensives are for keen drawers, who enjoy being immersed in drawing for long periods of time.  Each session is 4 hours long, including a light lunchbreak.  Please ensure your child brings enough food & drink for the day.  If you think your child will have difficulty focusing for that long, please find them a more suitable activity as this is not a childcare program!

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SEPT 2015 CARTOON WORKSHOPS – HOBART

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TOTALLY RANDOM STUFF @ KINGSTON LINC

Ages 9 – 14 only (why?)

FRI OCT 2 | 10 am – 12 noon  |  $25

FRI OCT 2 | 1 pm – 3 pm  |  $25

ALL DAY | $60

Cartoon mash-up using random ideas from the group – every workshop is different!  Who knows what we’ll draw next?  You decide!  LET’S DRAW!

In this workshop, students learn sophisticated cartoon drawing techniques by drawing with me step-by-step from the whiteboard, as I combine spontaneous ideas from the group to create bizarre characters & contraptions!

BOTH workshops will have different content, based on the ideas of the group.

ALL DAY students must bring adequate food & drink as they remain onsite for lunch.

BOOKINGS:  BRADFIELD – 0413 575 113 | bradfield@bradfielddumpleton

8-WEEK CRITTERS @ MAC, TERM 4 – HOBART

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TERM 4 begins OCT 21 | 27 Albert Rd, Moonah

WEDNESDAYS | 4 – 6pm | Ages 9 – 14 | $200

Can you help spread the word?  Download & print this poster  for your local shop or school!

CRITTERS – real or imagined, they offer endless opportunities to explore creative drawing skills.  In Term 4 this course will focus on animal bits, textures, body shapes, dynamics, and students will create their own menagerie of CRITTER characters – CRITTER in this case being anything from cute bunny to seven-headed bogmonster.

You can see some drawings on this theme by other students here.

This course is for more experienced drawers who want to:
– develop greater confidence & line control
– explore some new ways of thinking about drawing
– learn professional techniques for developing their own ideas & creating original cartoon art

Students will use cartooning to look at important foundations of drawing such as form, texture, energy, patterns, contrast, design, layers & use of space.  The thINK Drawing Process I’ve developed also reinforces sequential and creative thinking skills.

These techniques apply to all styles of drawing.

Bradfield’s School of Cartoon Artistry classes provide an inspiring, thought-provoking & relaxing creative learning experience.  Students are encouraged to think about their process as they draw, to learn from each other & extend beyond their usual drawing habits.  Observation, line control & technique, focusing & making new connections are just some of the skills developed.

Limited to 12 spaces only!

Please book early to ensure the course goes ahead:

bradfield@bradfielddumpleton.com | 0413 575 113

Bradfield is a professional arts educator & illustrator, and has been inspiring children of all ages for over 25 years.

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8 – WEEK CREATIVE CARTOONING COURSES @ MAC / Terms 3 & 4

Print@ MOONAH ARTS CENTRE, 27 Albert St, Moonah

(Can you help spread the word?  You can print out the poster here for your local school or shop, or do the Facebook thing!)

It’s back!  I’m very pleased to be able to offer another after-school Creative Cartooning Course in Terms 3 & 4, this time at the fantastic new Moonah Arts Centre!  Last year’s Courses were very well-received, with the students really extending their skills & developing their own ideas into some amazing artwork.  All the students had their drawings published in issues 1 & 2 of the THUNK mini-comic, and you can see some of the excellent results here & here.

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TERM 3 begins JULY 29

TERM 4 begins OCT 21

WEDNESDAYS | 4 – 6pm | Ages 9 – 14 | $200

Students can attend one Term or both, as the content varies depending on the needs of the group.

This course is for keen drawers who want to:
– develop greater confidence & line control
– explore some new ways of thinking about drawing
– learn professional techniques for developing their own ideas & creating original cartoon art

THUNK2.7Students will use cartooning to look at important foundations of drawing such as form, texture, energy, patterns, contrast, design, layers & use of space.  The thINK Drawing Process I’ve developed also reinforces sequential and creative thinking skills.

These techniques apply to all styles of drawing.

Bradfield’s School of Cartoon Artistry classes provide an inspiring, thought-provoking & relaxing creative learning experience.  Students are encouraged to think about their process as they draw, to learn from each other & extend beyond their usual drawing habits.  Observation, line control & technique, focusing & making new connections are just some of the skills developed.

Limited to 12 spaces only!

Please book early to ensure the course goes ahead:

bradfield@bradfielddumpleton.com | 0413 575 113

Bradfield is a professional arts educator & illustrator, and has been inspiring children of all ages for over 25 years.

 

JULY 2015 CARTOON WORKSHOPS – HOBART

 

 

totally random sharkTOTALLY RANDOM STUFF @ KINGSTON LINC

FRI JUL 17 | 10am – 12noon

Ages 9 – 14   |   $25

Cartoon mash-up using random ideas from the group – every workshop is different!  Who knows what we’ll draw next?  You decide!  LET’S DRAW!

In this workshop, students learn sophisticated cartoon drawing techniques by drawing with me step-by-step from the whiteboard, as I combine spontaneous ideas from the group to create bizarre characters & contraptions!

BOOKINGS:  BRADFIELD – 0413 575 113 | bradfield@bradfielddumpleton

JULY 2015 2-DAY CARTOON INTENSIVE – HOBART

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THERE ARE NO MORE BOOKINGS AVAILABLE FOR THIS WORKSHOP, but if you’d like to be added to my email list for updates on future workshops, contact me here.

You may also be interested in the 2-hr Totally Random Stuff cartooning workshop at Kingston LINC on Fri July 17, details here.


2-DAY WORKSHOP:  JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF YOUR MIND!!!

10am – 2pm | $100 | ages 9 – 14 only (why?)

A 2-Day Creative Cartooning intensive for keen drawers, using thINK drawing games to experiment with creative cartoon techniques, as we investigate the question:

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Day 1:  Students will be mentored through a professional illustration process – discussing the concept, sharing ideas & experimenting with their own, making visual notes & developing concept drawings, planning a design for their final image.

Day 2:  Students will make any final adjustments to their idea, then take their design to finished art stage,  a black & white ink drawing on quality art paper (suitable for framing later if they wish), which they can scan and have featured in issue #5 of THUNKCheck out previous issues of THUNK here!

As usual, I’ll provide drawing games & “experiments” to get the kids thinking in new ways about drawing technique, and to push them into new areas of their own creativity.  I’ll also be offering professional tips based on my years as a designer & illustrator.  The focus is on fun skills, new perspectives, and creative inspiration.

SOUNDS SERIOUS? Well yes & no!  My aim in this workshop is for the students to gain a better understanding of a professional artist process, to take an idea and try it from different angles so that it has room to grow and become better.  This workshop is about still being spontaneous with ideas, but also taking more care in how they are put to paper.

BOOKINGS:  bradfield@bradfielddumpleton.com | 0413 575 113

PLEASE NOTE:  These 4-hr drawing intensives are for keen drawers, who enjoy being immersed in drawing for long periods of time.  Each session is 4 hours long, including a lunchbreak.  Please ensure your child brings enough food & drink for the day.  If you think your child will have difficulty focusing for that long, please find them a more suitable activity!

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JUNE 2015 2-DAY CARTOON INTENSIVE – MELBOURNE

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Can you help spread the word?  Print out the funky poster to stick up at your local shop or school, or do the Facebook thing!

MON JUN 29 / TUES JUN 30 @ GEALC, 419 North Rd, Ormond

2-DAY WORKSHOP:  JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF YOUR MIND!!!

10am – 2pm | $100 | ages 9 – 14 only (why?)

A 2-Day Creative Cartooning intensive for keen drawers, using thINK drawing games to experiment with creative cartoon techniques, as we investigate the question:

PrintDay 1:  Students will be mentored through a professional illustration process – discussing the concept, sharing ideas & experimenting with their own, making visual notes & developing concept drawings, planning a design for their final image.

Day 2:  Students will make any final adjustments to their idea, then take their design to finished art stage,  a black & white ink drawing on quality art paper (suitable for framing later if they wish), which they can scan and have featured in issue #5 of THUNKCheck out previous issues of THUNK here!

As usual, I’ll provide drawing games & “experiments” to get the kids thinking in new ways about drawing technique, and to push them into new areas of their own creativity.  I’ll also be offering professional tips based on my years as a designer & illustrator.  The focus is on fun skills, new perspectives, and creative inspiration.

SOUNDS SERIOUS? Well yes & no!  My aim in this workshop is for the students to gain a better understanding of a professional artist process, to take an idea and try it from different angles so that it has room to grow and become better.  This workshop is about still being spontaneous with ideas, but also taking more care in how they are put to paper.

BOOKINGS:  bradfield@bradfielddumpleton.com | 0413 575 113

PLEASE NOTE:  These 4-hr drawing intensives are for keen drawers, who enjoy being immersed in drawing for long periods of time.  Each session is 4 hours long, including a lunchbreak.  Please ensure your child brings enough food & drink for the day.  If you think your child will have difficulty focusing for that long, please find them a more suitable activity!

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SLUGBUNNY CAKE ANIMATIONS!

Slugbunny Takes The Cake Pt 1 – animation by Bradfield Dumpleton 2015

THE GIFT THAT KEPT ON GIVING: SLUGBUNNY CAKE ANIMATIONS 1-3

SBcake4AIn March this year I had my 300th birthday, and while I usually don’t bother celebrating, my friend Heidi thought I should break tradition & made me a gorgeous chocolate mud-lathered-in-slabs-of-icing SLUGBUNNY CAKE!

For some reason it tickled my cartoonist mind and I found myself making animation experiments with the cake as it passed through various stages of getting gobbled.  My kids also helped out with ideas, making bizarre characters, adding music & sound effects, and of course a lot of co-gobbling.  The end results are brief, but the whole process spanned many days, and involved a smorgasboard of creative family activity – paper construction, Fimo-building sessions, playing music & recording, philosophical discussions, researching techniques from other animated movies, and lots of tea & cake.

Having not really tried stop-frame animation before, it was a fantastic learning curve for all of us.  We used a wonderful animation app on my iPad called Animation Creator, which I acquired a couple of years ago for hand-drawn animation experiments like this:

Flying Paper – animation by Bradfield Dumpleton 2013

SBcake2The first two Cake animations are a bit rough – the camera was hand-held so the frames jiggle around a lot, and we were still working out how to time the flow of movement and to think sequentially.  By Part 3, I’d improvised a tripod for the camera using my daughter’s music stand, and had a much better idea of how to plan frames and edit.  Still pretty rough, but in the end, a really rich creative experience and a great way to savour a delicious birthday gift!

Slugbunny Takes The Cake Pt 2 – animation by Bradfield Dumpleton 2015

Slugbunny Takes The Cake Pt 3 – animation by Bradfield Dumpleton 2015

April 10 & 11, 2015 – Cartooning @ Moonah Arts Centre (Tas)

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Just had a great couple of cartooning workshops at the brand-spanking new Moonah Arts Centre, which opened recently.  The new MAC building is quite a departure from the old space – lots of post-modern concrete & steel, with that MONA sheen that’s become a popular aesthetic around town.  The new design offers much more space all round, with designated areas for workshops, exhibitions, performances etc, allowing more flexibility in what the Centre can offer in their program, which has hit the ground running – check it out here or go have a look!

I used the main workshop room on Fri & Sat, and it was a great space to work in –  lots of natural light (glass doors opening into the courtyard) AND a full wall of whiteboard!

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I worked with two cozy-sized groups, with four kids doing both days – great to see some familiar faces from previous classes and always wonderful to meet new drawing enthusiasts.

PrintBoth days were 5 hr sessions, and I was very impressed with the stamina of the kids all round, especially a couple of the younger ones.  I mixed it up a bit, played some drawing games with the Doodle Cards & Face Cards, and took some suggestions from the group, of things they wanted to draw.  I used these ideas to zoom in on some specific line techniques, using the thINK Process to deconstruct the drawing.

The first of these was a kind of Undead Astronaut, where we focused on curved lines, cylindrical effects and overlapping curves:

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After this, Daniel requested a Jetpack.  Now, recently I’ve been revisiting a couple of childhood heroes, Wallace Wood & Basil Wolverton, who were both pioneers & masters of science fiction comic art from the 40s & 50s, so naturally I envisioned a very old school rocket pack.  Daniel soon corrected me, and a quick Google later we were looking at pics of real-life water-powered jetpacks, which look like heaps of fun.  This was a great opportunity to talk about getting “feel” into a line – in this case, what kind of lines capture something fluid like water…..including water that’s pushing someone into the air!

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This focus on the “feel” or energy of a line flowed nicely into the next drawing we drew together.  Isabel had requested a Phoenix, which I used to explore using fluid lines to draw flames.

This is almost always a challenging shape for kids to capture, because its success really depends on making your line flow smoothly, and relaxing into a kind of swooshing rhythm as you draw.  I break the flame shapes down into the main elements – an S curve, a curved V – and encourage the students to just freeform with it.

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This was a great exercise for the kids, flowed perfectly into our next drawing.  Rupert had requested a car (not a specialty of mine!), but when I quizzed him about what style it turned out he was after something old-fashioned.  Another quick Google search later, we found some great old cars from the 40s, including some hotted up – another opportunity to practise our flame-drawing technique!

I think these are my favourites of all the drawings, because every car has such distinct personality, and the sense of movement in some of them is fantastic:

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We finished Friday’s session with some flipbooks & a bit of kamikaze cartooning on the whiteboard, where the kids challenged me to draw as many of their ideas as I could in the last 10 minutes – chaos!

Saturday’s session we started with the Doodle Cards, using them as idea triggers for their own creativity.  There were a couple of younger kids in the group, and sometimes this game helps them to relax their anxieties & expectations.  It also gives the kids a message that their own creativity is valued in the workshop:

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After the Doodle Cards, we eased into some guided drawing with a request for a Secret Agent Chicken – he looked like this:

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One of the youngest students, Elliot, was particularly apprehensive in the morning, being the young end of 8, and his mother explained that he also has difficulty with visual processing eg connecting and making sense of lines & shapes.  It was just as well his mum informed me of this because it enabled me to steer the workshop with him in mind, and I checked in regularly with him to make sure he was coping.

Fortunately he also had his older brother & sisters buoying him along, but the transformation in his confidence by the end of the day was pretty amazing.  Here is an example of his first drawing in the morning & the last drawing of the afternoon.  The second drawing (which he copied as I drew on the whiteboard) was very complex, with many details & very specific techniques, and yet what Elliot accomplished is really impressive:

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This Rhinocericorn was an amalgamation of the other kids’ ideas: unicorn, evil pizza (with salami), marshmallow man, evil space cube, vampire first aid kit…the usual!  Here are some other versions:

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We were all pretty brain-fried after that one, so we finished off the day again with some flipbooks to wind down.  Thanks to all the kids who came to create, and to Sean, Caroline & Eleanor at MAC for all your support!

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6-WEEK CREATIVE CARTOONING COURSE / Apr 22 – May 27

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DRAW YOUR WILDEST IMAGININGS!

@ MOONAH ARTS CENTRE, 27 Albert St, Moonah

It’s back!  I’m very pleased to be able to offer another after-school Creative Cartooning Course in Term 2, this time at the fantastic new Moonah Arts Centre!  Last year’s Courses were very well-received, with the students really extending their skills & developing their own ideas into some amazing artwork.  All the students had their drawings published in issues 1 & 2 of the THUNK mini-comic, and you can see some of the excellent results here & here.

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TERM 2 begins APR 22
WEDNESDAYS | 4 – 6pm | Ages 9 – 14 | $200

This course is for keen drawers who want to:
– develop greater confidence & line control
– explore some new ways of thinking about drawing
– learn professional techniques for developing their own ideas & creating original cartoon art

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Students will use cartooning to look at the foundations of drawing such as form, texture, energy, patterns, contrast, design, layers & use of space.  The thINK Drawing Process that I have developed also reinforces sequential thinking and helps the students to develop their creative thinking.

These techniques apply to all styles of drawing.

Bradfield’s School of Cartoon Artistry classes provide an inspiring, thought-provoking & relaxing creative learning experience.  Students are encouraged to think about their process as they draw, to learn from each other & extend beyond their usual drawing habits.  Observation, line control & technique, focusing & making new connections are just some of the skills developed.

Limited to 12 spaces only!

Bookings: bradfield@bradfielddumpleton.com | 0413 575 113

Bradfield is a professional arts educator & illustrator, and has been inspiring children of all ages for over 25 years.

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Some Reasons Why My Holiday Workshops Are Only 9+

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Every holidays I get mothers asking why I don’t run Holiday Workshops for under 9s.  Most mums are understanding when I explain, but there is always a percentage who insist their 7 or 8 year old should be an exception, and some who just outright lie about their child’s age in order to book them in.  As a teacher, I have a responsibility to the well-being of my students, and my decision to set age parameters is based on many years of professional experience & observation.

1.  School Workshop vs Holiday Workshop

First up, bear in mind my main focus is actually running Creative Cartooning Programs in schools, during school terms, where I can teach appropriately according to each Grade level.  I’ve been running these programs in Primary & Secondary schools for over 25 years, teaching thousands of kids from every social & age demographic.  I prefer working in schools & collaborating with teachers, because the skills I teach can be extended and integrated into the students’ overall learning via the broader curriculum.

My Holiday Workshops are structured differently, and designed to accommodate as broad an age range as will be comfortable for the students within one group.  They are still intended to be educational and informative, as well as a fun creative & social experience.  They are not a Holiday Care program or a childminding service.

2.  Developmental Differences

Any Primary teacher will tell you that there is a big developmental difference between the ages of 8 and 9, even between the first half of 8 and the second half.  Big leaps occur in motor skills, conceptual understanding, ability to focus, social responsibility & sense of self.

Most 8 year old boys especially need active, varied, body-based engagement, so it’s unfair to expect them to stay still & focused on one thing for too long.  Girls at this age may focus better but can also have a deeper sense of responsibility & desire to meet expectations.  In both scenarios, too much too soon can lead to frustration or upset.

For many young children raised on regular screen time & digital dependence, there are many added developmental setbacks that effect the brain’s ability to process naturally & efficiently.  In 25 years of teaching, I have seen an incremental decline in childrens’ line control & linemaking confidence (including handwriting), observational abilities, spatial awareness & design sense, hand-eye coordination, and ability to immerse in a process.

3.  “But My Child Is A Mature 8!”

Of course there are exceptions, but emotional or intellectual maturity doesn’t automatically qualify them for these workshops.   Many mature 8 y.o. will still struggle with the technical demands of the drawing concepts, which can lead to a negative experience.  They may become extremely upset because their expectations are too high, they may become angry & frustrated and resort to disruptive behaviour or arrogance to mask the fact that they are struggling.  None of this serves the child or the rest of the group.

4.  “But My Child Draws All The Time!”

So did I.  Every single day, prolifically, from 4 years old to 18 years old.  But I had my own ways or styles of drawing, my own habits, which meant I was exceptional at doing it MY way.  Just because a young child draws all the time, doesn”t mean they will be able to draw differently, or even want to in the first place.  I resisted being “taught” to draw in new ways, because I was sensitive to expectations & didn’t want to appear to “fail”.  I certainly explored many different styles, but only when I was ready, and on my own terms.  In my teaching, I use a very specific drawing style, concentrating on clear, bold, flowing lines to get the students to focus on line control & form.  Even older, more experienced students can find it a challenge to draw outside their usual habits.

5.  Positive Learning Experience

Most of all, I want my students to have a positive creative learning experience.  As a teacher, and a devoted parent, I care about the well-being of the kids I teach.  The deepest learning happens through experiences that are fun, challenging in an engaging way, inspiring, thought-provoking and easy to access.  I want the kids to feel a sense of accomplishment in the process.

I’ve had parents lie about their child’s age because they believed their child was an exception, only to find the child in tears by the end of the workshop because they were too young to deal with their own unrealistic expectations.  This sort of negative experience for a young child can create far-reaching damage to their creative development & self-esteem.

Having worked for many years with exceptionally gifted children, and unusually creative children who are on the (autism) spectrum,  and having been that way myself all my life, I’m well aware that there are plenty of very able 8 year olds out there.  As a parent, I also know it’s next to impossible to be unbiased about your children.  At the core of my teaching is the well-being of my students, so please respect the age parameters I put on these workshops.  Be patient.  It’s better for the kids.

Alternatively, talk to your school about getting me in to run an age-specific or ability-specific program locally.

APRIL 2015 WORKSHOP – MELBOURNE

APR 2015 CRITTERS

 

SAT APR 18 @ GEALC, 419 North Rd, Ormond

CARTOON INTENSIVE:  CRITTERS’N’BEASTIES!!

10am – 2pm | $50 | ages 9 – 14 only (why?)

Advanced techniques for drawing freaky creatures!  This month’s Cartoon Intensive is CRITTERS’N’BEASTIES, using the theme to explore simple but sophisticated line effects for creating animal textures (fur, skin, armour, feathers), shading, animal anatomy (legs, wings, tails etc) and more.

Whether your style is cute, cartoony or fantasy / realism, these techniques will really help bring your creature drawings to life!

As usual, I’ll be using drawing games & “experiments” to get the kids thinking in new ways about drawing technique, and to push them into new areas of their own creativity.  The focus is on fun skills, new perspectives, and  creative inspiration.

BOOKINGS:  bradfield@bradfielddumpleton.com | 0413 575 113

These 4-hr drawing intensives are for keen drawers, using innovative drawing games from the thINK Process to experiment with creative cartooning techniques.  Each workshop is different as the content is guided by the ideas & spontaneous creativity of the students.  Students at these workshops can also contribute drawings to Issue#5 of THUNK, a  mini-comic showcasing original cartoon art by Australian kids.PLEASE NOTE:  The Cartoon Intensives are 4 hours long, including a lunchbreak.  Please ensure your child brings enough food & drink for the day.  If you think your child will have difficulty focusing for that long, please find them a more suitable activity!

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APRIL 2015 EASTER HOLIDAY PROGRAM – HOBART!

PrintA fine selection of creative cartooning workshops on offer these Easter holidays, using drawing games & “experiments” to get the kids thinking in new ways about drawing technique, and to push them into new areas of their own creativity.  The focus is on fun skills, new perspectives, and creative inspiration.  There are two full-day Draw Til You Drop workshops at the new MOONAH ARTS CENTRE, and at the COOPER SCREEN ACADEMY you’ll find the Return of three of my most popular 4-hr Cartoon Intensives of old: GROSS’N’GHOULLY, HUMAN ZOO & CRITTERS’N’BEASTIES!  Students at the Intensives can also contribute drawings to Issue #5 of the THUNK mini-comic.See below for details.  Questions? Call me!

ALL WORKSHOPS BELOW are for ages 9 – 14 only

DRAW TIL YOU DROP @ MOONAH ARTS CENTRE

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Two full-day workshops of cartooning tips, at the NEW Moonah Arts Centre!  Book for one day or both – every workshop is different, as I work spontaneously with ideas from the group,  Bookings online at www.moonahartscentre.org.au.  The new Moonah Arts Centre is now at 27 Albert St, Moonah.

FRI APR 10 & SAT APR 11 – @ MAC | 10am – 3pm |  ages 9 – 14

PLEASE NOTE:  Please ensure your children bring enough food & drink for the day.  There is a supervised lunchbreak from 12 – 1pm.  Children are not permitted to leave the venue or buy lunch unless collected by a parent.


CARTOON INTENSIVES @ COOPER SCREEN ACADEMY

10am – 2pm | ages 9 – 14 only (why?) | $40 | 131 Macquarie St, Hobart

BOOKINGS: bradfield@bradfielddumpleton.com | 0413 575 113

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WED APR 15 – GROSS’N’GHOULLY

How do you get that snot to drip just right?  Or the flesh to peel convincingly off that zombie?  Advanced techniques for drawing really disgusting stuff!

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THU APR 16 – HUMAN ZOO

Fortunately for cartoonists, humans are pretty weird-lookin’ and always fun to draw.  This intensive zooms in on facial details, expressions & emotions, hair styles, hands and more.  Advanced techniques for developing interesting & expressive humanoids.

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FRI APR 17 – CRITTERS’N’BEASTIES

Learn some simple but sophisticated techniques for creating your own creatures, real or imagined.  Skin textures (fur, armour, feathers etc), shading, animal anatomy (legs, tails, wings etc) – whether your style is cute, cartoony or realistic / fantasy, these techniques will really help to bring your creature drawings to life!

These 4-hr drawing intensives are for keen drawers, using innovative drawing games from the thINK Process to experiment with creative cartooning techniques.  Each workshop is different as the content is guided by the ideas & spontaneous creativity of the students.  Students at these workshops can also contribute drawings to Issue #5 of THUNK, a mini-comic showcasing original cartoon art by Australian kids.

PLEASE NOTE: The Cartoon Intensives are 4 hours long, including a lunchbreak.  Please ensure your child brings enough food & drink for the day.  If you think your child will have difficulty focusing for that long, please find them a more suitable activity!

KIDS LIKE US – vital work for (twice) exceptional kids

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APR SUN 19 – KIDS LIKE US (Sandringham)

On Sunday April 19 I’ll have the pleasure of continuing some drawing exploration with a small but highly-creative & enthusiastic group of young people from Kids Like Us.  This will be our third gathering, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where the journey takes us this time.

Kids Like Us Australia are a small and passionate team of people working to help children who are “twice exceptional” – kids who have highly specialised gifts but also live with challenges such as dyslexia, autism, aspergers, ADHD, anxiety & depression.  These kids process the world in remarkable & highly creative ways, but are often misunderstood in mainstream education.

This year I am excited to be running some workshops using the thINK drawing process with some of the more visually-oriented KLUA students.

I have also been designing some illustrations for KLUA, including the ubiquitous Bowler Hat, who is to represent their Ambassador program.

If you’d like to attend their Annual Gala Fundraising event in May, or would like to support the vital work KLUA are doing, please contact them!

 

JAN 2015 SUMMER WORKSHOPS – MELBOURNE!

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Hi everyone!  I am only running two workshops at the Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre these Jan holidays, with spaces limited to 16 students per group – so jump in quick!

Both workshops are 4-hr intensives, using drawing games & “experiments” to get the kids thinking in new ways about drawing technique, and to push them into new areas of their own creativity.  The focus is on fun skills, new perspectives, and  creative inspiration.  Students can also contribute original drawings to Issue #5 of the THUNK mini-comic book (see below).

If you can help by printing out a flyer to pass on to a friend or stick up in a local shop, please do!  Here is the PDF file: JAN 2015 GEALC A4 COMBO

To see what other kids have been creating in past workshops, go to the bradfield arts facebook page or explore my blog posts on the right of this page.  Please share!

CARTOON INTENSIVES: think THUNK!

@ GEALC, 419 North Rd, Ormond

JAN 13 – 10am – 2pm | $50 | ages 9 – 14 only

JAN 14 – 10am – 2pm | $50 | ages 9 – 14 only

These 4-hr drawing intensives are for keen drawers, using innovative drawing games from the thINK Process to experiment with creative cartooning techniques.  Each workshop is different as the content is guided by the ideas & spontaneous creativity of the students.  Students at these workshops can also contribute drawings to Issue #5 of THUNK, a mini-comic showcasing original cartoon art by Australian kids.

PLEASE NOTE: The Cartoon Intensives are 4 hours long, including a lunchbreak.  Please ensure your child brings enough food & drink for the day.  If you think your child will have difficulty focusing for that long, please find them a more suitable activity!

BOOKINGS:  bradfield@bradfielddumpleton.com / 0413 575 113

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