Aardman Academy: 5 day Sketch to Screen Model Making via Zoom

Where: Zoom, ,

When: 29 June 2020 9:30am to 03 July 2020 5:30pm

A five day course in which participants are guided through the process of model making, beginning with a K&S wire armature and finishing with a fully completed model.


Students (18 years and above), graduates or freelancers who are looking to develop their model making skills and receive feedback from a professional.


The course begins with the participant’s pre-prepared designs being individually assessed by Jim Parkyn. A wire armature is then assembled and cored. Once the armature is finished, cladded and dressed, the model is assembled and head and hands are made. Jim will help participants draw out the unique characteristics of their model with finishing touches such as hair and facial features and Nancy Jones will guide participants on how to make costumes for their models.

Each participant will have one on one feedback from Jim or Nancy a minimum of once a day.


Each day will run from 9:30 GMT until 17:30 GMT.

Jim will begin the first three days with a live demonstration at 9:30am and will follow this with another at 2pm, he will also do this on the fifth and final day.

On days three and four, Nancy Jones will do live demonstrations, also at 9.30am and 2pm, and Jim will be in attendance for both afternoons for personal, one-on-one feedback.

Throughout the five days, participants will be able to watch a series of how-to video demos to help them along with their build.


£500 per person, plus VAT @ 20% = £600

£100 for materials (this covers basic materials, anything specific to the design of the model will need to be supplied by participant).

REGISTER NOW: academy@aardman.com


This course will be run via Zoom so participants can work from home. An invite will be sent out on the day.


Participants will be asked to submit a dimension specific human-shaped design for their puppet 2 weeks prior to the course.

NB Alumni of the course can access a Facebook page to stay up to date with opportunities and connect with fellow alumni.

Entry Cost: £500 + VAT

Posted by: Nicky Bazin | 15-05-2020

Contact the event organiser: academy@aardman.com