Aardman Academy

Academy Certificate

Sketch to Screen Model Making 

7-11th June 2021

A five-day course in which participants are guided through the process of model making, beginning with a K&S wire armature and finishing with a fully completed model.

FEE: £960 incl. VAT + £120 for materials inlc. delivery. Extra costs may incur depending on location.


The course begins with the participant’s pre-prepared designs being individually assessed by Jim Parkyn. A wire armature is then assembled and cored. Once the armature is finished, cladded and dressed, the model is assembled and head and hands are made. Jim will help participants draw out the unique characteristics of their model with finishing touches such as hair and facial features and Nancy Jones will guide participants on how to make costumes for their models.

Each participant will have one on one feedback from Jim or Nancy a minimum of once a day.


Each day runs from 9.30am GMT to 5.30pm GMT

Jim will begin the first three days with a live demonstration at 9:30am and will follow this with another at 2pm, he will also do this on the fifth and final day.

On days three and four, Nancy Jones will do live demonstrations, also at 9.30am and 2pm, and Jim will be in attendance for both afternoons for personal, one-on-one feedback.

Throughout the five days, participants will be able to watch a series of how-to video demos to help them along with their build.


Students (18 years and above), graduates or freelancers who are looking to develop their model making skills and receive feedback from a professional.



This course will be run via Zoom so participants can work from home. An invite will be sent out on the day.


Participants will be asked to submit a dimension specific human-shaped design for their puppet 2 weeks prior to the course.

NB Alumni of the course can access a Facebook page to stay up to date with opportunities and connect with fellow alumni.



‘Aardman Academy’s courses teach next generation of animators how to make their own Wallace and Gromit’ – The i


Academy Certificate: Sketch to Screen Model Making

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