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Design and Make a Character Pop Toy Workshop (Class One)

Workshop description: Evening class

Tuesday evenings  7-9pm over 5 weeks [10 hr total]
Starting 18 February - 18th March

In this exciting workshop in character focused toy design you will be introduced to the art of Pop Surreal culture through character based design.

The workshop will be lead by Tanya Marriott who is a multidisciplinary lecturer at Massey University. Tanya specialises in interactive design and play, character and toy design, film and animation. Her work seeks to build meaningful experiences and storytelling opportunities between digital and tangible activities, often through character focused practice. Tanya is also a highly skilled and accomplished character sculptor and artisan.
Tanya will be supported by Garry Buckley who has a background in the toy industry, having worked as a senior designer at London based toy design / inventors Seven Towns Ltd.
Garry’s personal work has always held a strong pop surreal influence which transpires in his current toy designs. Both Tanya and Garry have a wealth of knowledge and appreciation of the urban pop surreal character toy.

The workshop will run over a five week period where we will explore imaginative free design using the character model as a forum for creating exciting creatures and obscure characters through physical and digital sculpture and design.
Our goal in this workshop is to support those students who already have a strong idea and path and help them achieve their own goal in creating a tangible result over the 5 weeks, but also to nurture those who are new to this genre, guiding them through the design process, from drawing, sculpting and reproducing their toy.
Our aim for this workshop is to guide students through the design process, character modelling in a physical form and then finally reproducing this character toy through mould making and casting techniques. We hope that by the end of week 5 students will have a finished toy that is reproducible as a limited run urban toy.

In this workshop students will explore:

• Character design development through drawing
• 2D & 3D visualisation
• Materials and process
• Sculpting and modelmaking through a character lead focus
• Mould making and casting
• Paint Finishing and accessorising

This workshop will primarily be run as a physical hands on sculpting class, however if students feel they are competent with 3D digital sculpting software such as Maya and Zbrush then they will be supported in following this output. Wellington Makerspace has resources for 3D printing.
Students wishing to follow this avenue will be expected to supply their own laptops with the necessary programs [Maya / Zbrush] Digital students will still be expected to be able to reproduce their designs through traditional mould making and casting techniques.

Note: Workshops fees cover tuition fees and the use of Wellington Makerspace only. Materials for the course will need to be purchased by the students during the course of the workshops. Students are encouraged to supply their own sculpting tools. Basic sculpting tool sets and modelling clay can be purchased from the tutors during the workshop.

Register and book at Eventbrite

Students - $250.00
Earlybird (before 7th Febuary) $300.00
Regular $350.00
International $400.00

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    A former member

    A fun and informative introduction to making toys!

    February 18, 2014

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