Animation Course at ZSL London Zoo

23 Aug - 31 Aug 2014

Jumping Frogs, Swinging Gibbons

The ZSL Animation Course will help you to create your own short animated scenes, and give you the techniques and tips needed to embark on your own animation projects. You will go sketching around the zoo for inspiration, and then use different media to bring your favourite animals to life.

Duration of course: 5 day course

Inclusive dates 2014: August 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, and 31st

Times: 10am - 3pm

Entry Level: All levels welcome

Location: ZSL London Zoo

Price of course: £150

About this course:

The ZSL Animation Course will help you to create your very own short animated sequences. Taking animals and their movements as inspiration and subject matter, you will learn how to make your favourite animals come alive. You will use mainly traditional animation techniques to make your animation frames (drawing, plasticine modelling, paper cut-outs), a camera to capture them, and some basic computer software to magically stitch them together into video files you can take home!

Outcome of this course:

The ZSL Animation Course is an exploratory way for budding animators to study movement, try out different animation techniques, and learn some fundamental principles of animation.

Tutor Profile:
Animations Tutor Tom Sears

Tom Sears is an illustrator, animator and exhibition developer based in London. He has worked at the Zoo for five years, as well as embarking on occasional projects for the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and Sealife Centres. His illustrations have appeared in The Guardian and he has drawn kids' cartoon strips that ran weekly in The Times. Tom was recently nominated for an award at the London International Animation Festival.


Price of course: £220 for full 5 day course

Adult-child combined ticket: £320

(Child must be under 15yrs; adult must be over 18yrs old)


Price includes:

·         entry into London Zoo

·         duration of course with animations tutor

·         art materials

·         end of course showcase

·         take home your finished animations and information to help you with future animation projects

·         tea, coffee & soft drinks

Concessions - 10% discount for ZSL Members, registered students, persons on income support or senior citizens

Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance; a confirmed place is only secured upon receipt of a completed booking and payment. Please note: Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied onsite by an adult. 

Tickets for this event will be released in due course, for more information please email

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