DoodleSoup at the ‘Schoolhouse’

‘Illustration & Animation’ is a fun and exciting course that’s proven to be very popular since it started running at Schoolhouse for Art at just the beginning of 2016.
The students are encouraged to explore ideas and express themselves in a unique and novel way. Students will take part in a number of fun exercises designed to help them understand the basics of animation and will come away with something they can show off to friends and family.

The course is facilitated by brother and sister team, Dave and Sinead Lawless, both qualified animators.

The feedback from students and parents has been fantastic.

To book contact schoolhouseforart.com

Each student gets one-to-one time to contribute to a class short film. The animations created in class are later edited with sound and credits.
The result? A complete animated movie that can be shared proudly with friends and family.

The kids have complete autonomy with character design, scene development and the physical act of animation. The kids also design and animate their own title sequence, including coming up with the name.

Modules include:

– Illustration
– Plasticine modelling
– Principles of animation
– Claymation
– Stop-motion
– Flipbooks
– Lots of fun!!!

All materials supplied!

Dave & Sinead are both trained & experienced animation industry professionals.

Check out some of our past student work …




Stop-motion is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object that appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Stop motion animation using plasticine is called clay animation or “claymation”.

Flip Book Animation

Around since the 1800’s, flip books are considered to be one of the earliest forms of interactive media. Students will be introduced to the concept of flip books and each student will be encouraged to create their own. This is a fun way for students to understand the basic principles of animation. Flip books also make beautiful keepsakes.

Clay/Plasticine Modelling

Limited only by their imaginations, this visceral form of expression can produce beautiful insights into how children perceive and interact with the world around them.


Students explore and develop their own styles in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Students will learn about observation, proportion and shape and develop building blocks for creating their own characters.
The course includes fun exercises to help build drawing confidence.
Illustration & doodling have been found to improve focus and memory, and benefit cognition.

To book contact schoolhouseforart.com

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