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Animation with young people from The Foyer, Cambridge

‘I created my first ever animation today and I really enjoyed watching it come to life’.

As part of Circuit we have been delivering projects with young people at The Foyer. Following on from building up their drawing skills with artist David Kefford and gaining their Bronze Arts Award, the group are now working on animation projects with artists Tracy & Hobbs, supporting them to achieve the Silver Arts Award.

Taking inspiration from the New Rhythms exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, young people from the Foyer were keen to explore movement through learning about various animation techniques, including hand drawn animation and light graffiti. This has led the young people to develop their own animation techniques, including ‘fanimation’ – adding drawings to fans to create a moving image and creating paper circuits that flicker electricity across graphite drawn on paper.

The group have put the skills they have learnt into practice through leading workshops for other young people to create their own animations at the Gallery Takeover event in July. The group has had the opportunity to reflect on each other’s work – it has been brilliant to hear the young people praising each other’s practice with comments like:

‘The way you draw is like an amazing computer programme has done it’

‘I have never seen electricity on paper before – it was so cool!’