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Supercharge your summer with Wallace & Gromit!

Meet the irresistible Aardman characters at Live Theatre in July and August and join workshops on Model-making, Storyboarding and Animation. Hone your creative skills to become one of the growing band of adventurous Future Engineers.  Get some real hands-on experience of the engineering that goes into making animated films – and entry is free.

Storyboarding Workshops
10.30am 1pm & 3.30pm Thursday 26 July, Thursday 9 & Thursday 23 August 

Learn from an Aardman storyboard expert how to create a visual narrative for animations and short films – a vital part of the creative process for anyone making films and animations, especially for those at Aardman!

Create a storyboard of your own and learn how pencil drawings can be used to create an ‘animatic’ – the animated storyboard used to bring drawings to life.

Suitable for ages 7+

Gromit Model-Making Workshops
10.30am, 1pm & 4pm Friday 27 July, Friday 10 & Friday 24 August 

Get creative with clay and discover how to make your very own model of Gromit, a classic Aardman character, which you can take home with you. The workshops are facilitated by Aardman’s expert model-makers (who have worked on titles such as Wallace & GromitChicken RunShaun the Sheep and Morph). They have loads of great anecdotes about the studio and are happy to answer any questions about the production processes – so this is a brilliant opportunity for participants to get some top animation tips!

Suitable for ages 5+

Claystation Drop-in Days – Make your own Gromit and Feathers McGraw clay models
Drop-in between 10.30am and 4.30pm  Saturday 28 July,  Saturday 11 and Saturday 25 August 

Create Gromit and Feathers McGraw, the silent yet sinister penguin from The Wrong Trousers out of clay during a fun drop-in session. Everything you need to make the characters is provided, and facilitators from Aardman are on hand to offer guidance.

Suitable for ages 5+

These clay-building workshops offer the opportunity to learn from expert model-makers how to make world-famous Aardman characters. You can also ask questions about Aardman Studios and hear about the animation processes involved in the making of their award-winning films.

And the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Take your completed Gromit or Feathers clay model home and try animating it using Aardman’s easy-to-use Animate It! software.

Aardman Workshops for Future Engineers

Future Engineers brings Wallace & Gromit to Newcastle in a collaboration inspired by the Great Exhibition of the North 2018. Running in parallel with the workshops at Live Theatre will be a fascinating show of sets, displays, models and props – staged at the Boiler Shop in the Stephenson Quarter.

Future Engineers is brought to you by Jesmond Heritage, a group that draws inspiration from Tyneside’s glory days to celebrate and build on the legacy of local heroes such as William Armstrong and Robert Stephenson. It aims to restore and regenerate Armstrong’s magnificent Banqueting Hall in Jesmond Dene as a centre of excellence in arts and innovation – fit for a new generation of creative northern spirits.

Inspired by the Great Exhibition of the North 2018, Future Engineers is generously supported by Reece Foundation and Barbour Foundation.

©Aardman Animations Ltd 2018

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Aardman Workshops for Future Engineers

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund


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