Stop Motion Animation from our Library Fest event at Wokingham Library

We recently ran a Stop animation workshop at Wokingham Library with Animator Peter Lang.

Animator, artist, Peter Lang has worked making cartoons for television most of his life. He is now also busy creating and exhibiting art with animation built into it through the miracle of AR.

Peter has finished editing the videos that the children made and can be viewed below.

We think they’re fantastic! So we hope you enjoy them.

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Library Fest and more activities at Wokingham Borough Libraries this week..

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Our Arts council funded festival celebrating all things arty will be back for 2016, launching on World book day on the 3rd of March and running till world book night on April 23rd. There will be events for children, adults and families, for those who are already art lovers to those yet to try their hand at something creative. Feel inspired, try something new or learn a skill!

All sessions must be booked by calling the relevant Library.

Dark Dahl Drawing Salon – With Art Macabre – Sketch scenes and models inspired by classic Roald Dahl tales. For 18+ of all abilities £8 charge. Woodley Library, Friday April 15 – 7pm to 9pm

Vintage Patterns Workshop – Join artist Sally Richardson in this stitching workshop with a twist, £3 charge. Lower Earley Library, Saturday April 16 – 10am to 12noon and Woodley Library, Saturday April 23 – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Shakespeare Play Reading Morning– Enjoy reading aloud from “Twelfth Night” as we celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Bard. Wokingham Library, Friday April 29 10am to 12noon

We also have the following activities running:

Comic Drawing evenin posterComic Drawing Evening – Do you like drawing comics? Perhaps you have an idea for one but don’t know where to start? Then gather your drawing supplies and come work on your ideas with a group.

Come along to Wokingham Library on Thursday April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14 from 5pm to 7pm.

 Little Explorers Storytime and Craft time – Stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together, For children aged 5 and under. Free. Followed by Fun craft themed session for parents and children to enjoy together. Suitable for children aged 2 to 5 years old. Just drop in. £1 charge.

  • Lower Earley Library Second Thursday in each month, Thursday April 14, 2016 Storytime 10.30am to 11am Craft time 11am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library Third Saturday in each month, Saturday April 16, 2016 Storytime 10.15am to 10.45am Craft time 10.45am to 11.15am

Drawing out the Darker Side of Roald Dahl Art Macabre returns to Woodley Library

We asked Raven Rouge aka Nikki Shaill, Art Macabre’s Director to tell us about her career and work as an artist.

Dark Dahl Drawing Salon with Art Macabre will be at Woodley Library on Friday April 15 from 7pm to 9pm, tickets are £8 and places must be booked by calling 0118 969 0304.

Fancy giving some life drawing in a library a go? Never drawn before/not for a long time? Don’t worry! Art Macabre will guide you through and inspire you to pick up a pencil again, to make some macabre marks as we celebrate the theme of DARK DAHL with performer models Carmen Monoxide and Jon Atwood aka Ragina posing as frightful Dahl villains.

Last year, we had the delight of visiting Woodley Library for the first time and hosting an Art Macabre life drawing workshop among the aisles of books. To have our nude and costumed models pose in this palace of reading pleasure was brilliantly novel – and the first time Art Macabre had taken place in a library! More info about last time can be seen here, in a report about it from one of the models. We’ve held events in many places, from festival fields to cemeteries,old operating theatres to the British Museum. But a library was a first and a lot of fun it was too!

This year, following the enjoyment from everyone who attended last time, we’re returning to bring more life models and ‘death drawing’ fun to the festival. The theme this time will be Dark Dahl – marking the fact that this year legendary author Roald Dahl would have celebrated his 100th Birthday.

We’re happy to have two fantastic performers model for this event next Friday evening: Carmen Mon Oxide and Jon Atwood aka Ragina. They’ll both pose in a series of scenes to be drawn depicting two adult characters from Roald Dahl stories who share a hatred and repulsion towards children…

Carmen Mon Oxide (credit: Carmen Mon Oxide in one of her opera costumes)Carmen Mon Oxide shall be playing the fierce and much feared beastly headmistress of Matilda – the one and only Miss Trunchbull. Carmen is a multi-talented performer, well known in both London’s cabaret and performance art scene but also having performed across the world including Dubai.  Carmen is a twisted cabaret singer and burlesque performer who takes her influences from the darker side of culture. From highly polished acts containing elements of opera to Weimar era cabaret songs, punk, circus stunts and vaudeville humour, and anarchic drag king performances. Carmen regularly captivates audiences in London and beyond. Renowned for bold and daring performances, Carmen has many different persona and we’ll be transforming her into the super strict Trunchbull – the teacher of children’s’ nightmares- to inspire some strong and striking sketches.

Jon Atwood aka Ragina performing on stage:
Jon Atwood aka Ragina performing on stage

Another well-respected star of London’s cabaret and performance art world is Jon Atwood aka Ragina. A neo-drag ballerina originally from Detroit, Jon is  a mesmerising and intelligent performer. Bringing his dance background and movement to life modeling, his poses convey a sense of emotion as he channels the characters. Jon will play another iconic Roald Dahl evil adult who we all remember being scared of as children: The Grand High Witch!

From alluring to terrifying, elegant to hideous, can you remember how to spot a child-detesting witch in disguise as a normal woman? We’ll refresh your memory as Jon portrays this wicked beauty of a woman and her transformation for you to draw.

Art Macabre’s host, Nikki Shaill, will share some extracts from the well-loved children’s’ classics as we celebrate the darker side of Dahl. Plus there’ll be music playing to help set the scene and atmosphere. For adults only! Create your own illustrations inspired by our models posing in character. Life drawing injected with a lethal dose of theatricality and dark drama! We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information about Art Macabre visit their website:  http://www.deathdrawing.com

Dark Dahl Drawing Salon with Art Macabre will be at Woodley Library on Friday April 15 from 7pm to 9pm, tickets are £8 and places must be booked by calling 0118 969 0304.

Drawing out the Darker Side of Roald Dahl Art Macabre returns to Woodley Library

We asked Raven Rouge aka Nikki Shaill, Art Macabre’s Director to tell us about her career and work as an artist.

Dark Dahl Drawing Salon with Art Macabre will be at Woodley Library on Friday April 15 from 7pm to 9pm, tickets are £8 and places must be booked by calling 0118 969 0304.

Fancy giving some life drawing in a library a go? Never drawn before/not for a long time? Don’t worry! Art Macabre will guide you through and inspire you to pick up a pencil again, to make some macabre marks as we celebrate the theme of DARK DAHL with performer models Carmen Monoxide and Jon Atwood aka Ragina posing as frightful Dahl villains.

Last year, we had the delight of visiting Woodley Library for the first time and hosting an Art Macabre life drawing workshop among the aisles of books. To have our nude and costumed models pose in this palace of reading pleasure was brilliantly novel – and the first time Art Macabre had taken place in a library! More info about last time can be seen here, in a report about it from one of the models. We’ve held events in many places, from festival fields to cemeteries,old operating theatres to the British Museum. But a library was a first and a lot of fun it was too!

This year, following the enjoyment from everyone who attended last time, we’re returning to bring more life models and ‘death drawing’ fun to the festival. The theme this time will be Dark Dahl – marking the fact that this year legendary author Roald Dahl would have celebrated his 100th Birthday.

We’re happy to have two fantastic performers model for this event next Friday evening: Carmen Mon Oxide and Jon Atwood aka Ragina. They’ll both pose in a series of scenes to be drawn depicting two adult characters from Roald Dahl stories who share a hatred and repulsion towards children…

An Art Macabre model posing as Miss Trunchbull
An Art Macabre model posing as Miss Trunchbull
Carmen Mon Oxide (credit: Carmen Mon Oxide in one of her opera costumes)
Carmen Mon Oxide (credit: Carmen Mon Oxide in one of her opera costumes)

Carmen Mon Oxide shall be playing the fierce and much feared beastly headmistress of Matilda – the one and only Miss Trunchbull. Carmen is a multi-talented performer, well known in both London’s cabaret and performance art scene but also having performed across the world including Dubai.  Carmen is a twisted cabaret singer and burlesque performer who takes her influences from the darker side of culture. From highly polished acts containing elements of opera to Weimar era cabaret songs, punk, circus stunts and vaudeville humour, and anarchic drag king performances. Carmen regularly captivates audiences in London and beyond. Renowned for bold and daring performances, Carmen has many different persona and we’ll be transforming her into the super strict Trunchbull – the teacher of children’s’ nightmares- to inspire some strong and striking sketches.

Jon Atwood aka Ragina performing on stage:
Jon Atwood aka Ragina performing on stage:

Another well-respected star of London’s cabaret and performance art world is Jon Atwood aka Ragina. A neo-drag ballerina originally from Detroit, Jon is  a mesmerising and intelligent performer. Bringing his dance background and movement to life modeling, his poses convey a sense of emotion as he channels the characters. Jon will play another iconic Roald Dahl evil adult who we all remember being scared of as children: The Grand High Witch!

Quentin Blake illustration from Witches
Quentin Blake illustration from Witches

From alluring to terrifying, elegant to hideous, can you remember how to spot a child-detesting witch in disguise as a normal woman? We’ll refresh your memory as Jon portrays this wicked beauty of a woman and her transformation for you to draw.

 

 

 

Art Macabre’s host, Nikki Shaill, will share some extracts from the well-loved children’s’ classics as we celebrate the darker side of Dahl. Plus there’ll be music playing to help set the scene and atmosphere. For adults only! Create your own illustrations inspired by our models posing in character. Life drawing injected with a lethal dose of theatricality and dark drama! We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information about Art Macabre visit their website:  http://www.deathdrawing.com

Dark Dahl Drawing Salon with Art Macabre will be at Woodley Library on Friday April 15 from 7pm to 9pm, tickets are £8 and places must be booked by calling 0118 969 0304.

Easter Holiday Events for children

Children’s Art Workshop – A Library Fest Event

Drawing, painting and mono printing with artist Lisa-Marie Gibb. For children aged 5-12. £1.50 charge, Places must be booked on 0118 969 0304. Woodley Library on Saturday 9 April from 10am to 12noon.

Children’s Chess Club

For young people aged 8 Plus. Places must be booked on  0118 969 0304.  Woodley Library on  Thursday 7 April from  3.30pm to 5pm.

 Dad and Baby Rhymetime

Rhymes for babies aged 0 to 18 months and their parents, Just drop in to Lower Earley Library on Saturday 9 April from 11am to 11.30am

Explore Learning

Free session. Places must be booked by contacting the relevant library.

  • Wimpy Kid for children aged 8 to 11 years old. Wokingham Library on Tuesday 5 April from 9.45am to 10.45am
  • Horrid Henry for children aged 5 to 7 years old. Wokingham Library on Tuesday 5 April from 11am to 12noon
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for children aged 5 to 7 years. Woodley Library on Wednesday 6 April from 9.45am to 10.45am
  • Awesome Egyptians, for children aged 5 to 7 years Woodley Library on Wednesday 6 April from 11am to 12noon

Get Arty

Fun arts and crafts fun for children aged 5 and over. £1.50 charge. Just drop in.

  • Wokingham Library on Thursday 7 April from 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library on Friday April 8 from 2.15pm to 3.15pm
  • Woodley Library on Friday 8 April from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Little Explorer’s Bunny Storytime

Mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth by listening to the story of naughty Peter Rabbit and other bunny themed stories, then make some rabbit themed crafts. for children age 7 and under. £1.50 charge. Just drop-in.

  • Wargrave Library on Wednesday 6 April from 10.30am to 11.15am
  • Spencers Wood Library on Thursday 7 April from 2pm to 2.45pm

Manga Workshop – A Library Fest Event

Manga Drawing Workshop for children aged 8 to 16 years old. £2.50 charge. Places must be booked.

  • Lower Earley Library on Thursday 7 April from 10am to 11.30am
  • Maiden Erlegh Library on Thursday 7 April from 2pm to 3.30pm

Paracord weaving workshop

Just drop in and learn how to make a survival bracelet using different weaves. For adults and children aged 6 and over. £5 charge per bracelet.

Lower Earley Library on Saturday 9 April from 10.45am to 12noon

Rhymetime

For children aged 5 years old and under. Free. Just drop in.

  • Spencers Wood Library on Thursday 7 April from 10.15am to 10.45am
  • Finchampstead Library on Friday 8 April from 11am to 11.30am

Stop Motion Animation Workshop – A Library Fest Event

Find out how animation works and create 2D or 3D characters. For adults and children 8 Plus. £1.50 charge. Places must be booked by calling the relevant Library: Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150 or Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368.

  • Lower Earley Library on Tuesday 5 April from 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Wokingham Library on Wednesday 6 April from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Storytime

For children aged 5 years old and under. Free. Just drop in.

  • Winnersh Library on Wednesday 6 April from 10.15am to 10.45am
  • Woodley Library on Saturday 9 April from11am to 11.30am
  • Wokingham Library on Every Tuesday from 4pm to 4.30pm

Library Fest Activities with Lisa-Marie Gibbs

We asked Lisa-Marie Gibbs to tell us about her career and work as an artist.

Lisa-Marie will be running the following events for Library fest 2016 at Woodley Library on Saturday April 9.

Adult’s Art Workshop – Mother nature’s bounty – unlock your creativity with artist Lisa-Marie Gibbs. £3 charge. 1pm to 3pm

Children’s Art Workshop – Drawing, painting and mono printing with artist Lisa-Marie Gibb. For children aged 5-12. £1.50 charge,Saturday April 9 at 10am to 12noon.

Places must be booked by calling Woodley Library on 0118 969 0304.

My name is Lisa-Marie Gibbs. I think I have been an artist from the very first moment I could hold anything that would make a mark on whatever I could find to draw on. More often than not a wall and dare I say it in the library books!

I studied Fashion for my degree and this has had an overwhelming effect on my entire creative practise. I am inspired by everything, words, conversations, the hem line of a dress, the intricate stories we unravel as we roam through this life. Not a day passes where I don’t draw it is my very life blood. I have the great privilege over the last 20 years of working as an artist with some of the most interesting people you will ever come to meet.

I am passionate about bringing creativity alive, connecting and working with communities by enabling thoughtful and considered experiences, by creating bespoke experiences and projects for each and every individual involved full of love, care and laughter.

My approach is simple using the beauty we are surrounded by to fuel people’s curiosity and find the sacred in the simple things in life, that are sometimes overlooked.  I want to make time and a space for people to create.

Over the past 20 years I have worked as an artistic facilitator in over 50 care environments with older people, with young offenders in prisons, worked in refugee camps, set up a gallery for people living with enduring mental health issues. Worked on arts projects in secure units, drug and alcohol projects, youth and community, in schools, re-generation projects, inter-generational projects and have written publications and been consulted by varying bodies about the arts and older people. I have spent a number of years running training programmes in delivering arts projects in care settings and have worked on voluntary projects in Cambodia over the past years.  I am the founder of a project called The Yellow suitcase project which challenges stigma faced by individuals living with mental health issues.  http://www.theyellowsuitcaseproject.co.uk