British Exhibit Spotlights Toons and Creativity

An exhibit showcasing the inspiring effects of animation on school children will be on display at the Alberto Vilar Gallery in London May 30 through June 4. The Arts & Kids’ program titled CARToon NetWORK: ARTWORK is a series of three workshops developed by Cartoon Network and the Arts & Kids organization. Each event was created to give children opportunity to explore the creative art forms used to make cartoons come alive.

"These workshops have given the children involved the opportunity to work with some of the U.K.’s leading creative talent including Quentin Blake, Siobhan Davies, Marcello Magni and the London Symphony Orchestra," says Rebecca Eastmond, director of Arts & Kids. "The children have had immense fun learning about different creative aspects involved in the development of cartoons.”

“We know that kids love cartoons and it has been marvelous to see how the drawing, movement and music that make them up have been used in this series of workshops to inspire some really excellent work," notes Richard Kilgarriff, VP and head of channels, Cartoon Network, U.K.

The exhibition will display the beautiful sketches of dancers in motion drawn by children from Eagle Class at Childeric Primary in Lewisham alongside drawings by Quentin Blake. Children from Brockley Primary will be starring in films made during their physical theater workshop and the musical achievements of children from Prior Weston, Moorfield and St Luke’s primary schools in the Islington area will also be displayed in films capturing their work with players from the London Symphony Orchestra.

The exhibition is also an opportunity for other children to experience the fun of creating their own cartoons. There will be daily workshops on activities such as creating plasticine characters, inventing a cartoon character, drawing yourself as a cartoon and creating flip books. Using digital technology, children will also have the opportunity to animate the work they create.

To make reservations, you can e-mail Arts&[email protected] or call 020-7940 (London). The cost is ’2 for each participant and the workshops are suitable for children age five and up. The Alberto Vilar Gallery is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday to Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, visit www.artsandkids.org.uk.