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GCSE Workshop on Design and Model Making 

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Before half term, GCSE Three-Dimensional Design pupils had a (virtual) workshop with Jennifer Kidd, a fine arts graduate who has since become a freelance animator and miniature model maker. Jennifer creates models for film and TV and recently created the set for the new Rag and Bone Man music video ‘All You Ever Wanted’.

Over the course of the day, the pupils each built a sofa at 1:6 scale, using sewing, cutting and glueing techniques. 

It was interesting to the pupils how smaller steps earlier on in the process of building, such as marking the base cushions, could lead to being crucial in the overall look and authenticity of the final model.

Whilst the practical aspect of the workshop was the key focus, throughout the day, the pupils had lots of questions to ask Jennifer, ranging from being freelance, to Covid’s (surprisingly, though relatively small) impact; from material choice and usage, to studying human behaviour to make puppets life-like; from use of scale, to even Warhammer. All of which were unfailingly answered with responses being both interesting and helpful. 

Through the workshop, pupils gained new skills and knowledge to take forward throughout the course, as well as having a day that was fun, productive, and, a welcome break from routine. Many thanks to Jennifer for leading the workshop and to Art and Design teacher, Mr Beresford-Zahra, for organising the workshop.

It was interesting how smaller steps earlier on in the process of building could lead to being crucial in the overall look and authenticity of the final model.  
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