A Grand Day Out: Build your own Gromit Workshop at the East End Film Festival

We had a grand evening out yesterday….. We popped along to Old Spitalfields Market straight after work to take part in a model making workshop, as part of the East End Film Festival. The dead clever Jim Parkyn from Aardman Animations was there to talk us through the whole thing, as well as tell us a bit about his escapades working on such wonderful films as ‘The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists’ (which we LOVED!).

When we arrived, we were given a precisely measured stack of modelling clay and a leaflet with some picture instructions on it, as well as a plastic pinny! We took up residence on one of the trestle tables, and then Jim showed us how to make each bit, then stick it all together. He gave us some really good tips on using modelling clay, and I know I’ll be able to use some of the things I learned when making my little match box and jam jar scenes.


All set and ready to start….. Gromit in kit form!


Adam raring to go!

It was terribly good fun, and I was super pleased with the results too. I’m so proud in fact of my little Gromit model that I’m saving him (and Adam’s) under a victorian glass bell cloche, and I thought I’d share some photos here too…….


Clever Jim instructing us




Wooooaaah! Spooky headless Gromit


Can you tell what it is yet?!


Adam finished first….. here is his masterpiece! I love his expression!


And here is my finished Gromit!


Best bud Gromits

Big thank you to Jim and all the staff at East End Film Festival….. a brilliant event!

Ems x


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