Alexander: Charcoal Animation Masterclass

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Charcoal in action

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Introduction to storytelling in charcoal

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Working with charcoal, paper, your smartphone and a simple app, you will create a mini-movie inspired by the exhibition Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth. Alexander’s story continues to evolve, as artists, novelists and filmmakers present him as a hero in tune with the values of our own age, often exploring his sexuality, motivation, and leadership qualities. You will be encouraged to find your own connection with the ancient hero to create something contemporary and personal.

Drawing, capturing, erasing and re-drawing, you will make a series of ephemeral frames to produce your own moving image. You will start with an introduction to inspiring charcoal animations, the process and technical set up. You will then have time to develop your animation ideas, with creative and technical support throughout the weekend.

By the end of the course, you will have learnt the fundamentals of drawing in charcoal, as well as animation techniques that you can continue at home. You will have explored ways of reinterpreting an ancient story and leave with a short silent film ready to share online, should you wish.

Read the course outline (PDF).

This course will run across the following dates:

  • Saturday 18 February 2023, 10.30 – 17.00
  • Sunday 19 February 2023, 10.30 – 17.00

Please email to discuss your access requirements as soon as you have booked your ticket.

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Name: Alexander: Charcoal Animation Masterclass
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: From £157 – £185
Concessions available
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546