Book your own model making workshop
Book an expert Aardman model maker to visit you for an unforgettable day of creative fun!
These clay building workshops offer a truly unique experience and the opportunity to learn from expert model makers how to make world famous Aardman characters.
The workshops provide a creative and hands-on activity for all ages! Participants will also get a rare chance to ask questions about Aardman Studios and hear about the animation process involved in the making of our award winning films.
And the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Participants can take their clay models home and try animating them using Aardman’s easy to use Animate It! software.
Everyone really enjoyed themselves! It was lovely to be able to hold an event where students of all ages could work alongside each other, regardless of their abilities.
It was awesome, everyone we’ve dealt with has been awesome, we’d love to have them here all the time because they’re really that awesome!
The workshops were a huge hit with our staff and their kids and everyone (adults included) went away beaming at what they’d made. Will was fantastic and whole day went perfectly.
What you need to know before booking
- FOR A SCHOOL / CHARITY - The workshop costs £575 (excl VAT and expenses) per day
- FOR A FESTIVAL / EVENT -The workshop costs £750 (excl VAT and expenses)
We require payment in full for your workshops 14 days before your event start date. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of the event.
These costs include the following
- Visit from expert model maker for a full day
- Model making worksheet PDF
- Certificate PDF
- Stills, logos and PDF templates for marketing and PR
The following costs are NOT included and you will need to provide these items
- Materials: Clay, table covers
- Model maker's travel costs
- Model maker's accommodation costs (if applicable)
- Model maker's subsistence
- Printing of worksheets
- Baby wipes and cocktail sticks
The costs of these items will vary depending on how many participants and how many workshops you require.
Below are the average costs for the materials you will need to purchase. The cost may be higher when ordering for larger groups and will need to be checked before making a booking.
You will need to order the clay for the workshops
To order the clay you will need to contact the supplier directly–they are NEW CLAY
They will deliver the clay directly to you but please contact them before booking a session to confirm the full cost you will be charged including delivery.
To give you an idea of costs for clay click here. We have created a breakdown of how much clay you will need and what colours you require for each character.
Model maker's travel costs
If your location is outside of 10 miles of central Bristol or BS1 6UN then we will charge a fee for petrol or train tickets. These will be purchased on the www.thetrainline.com so it is advisable to check the cost from Bristol temple meads to your location before booking a workshop. We will organise this booking 7 days in advance of your first workshop date. If you cancel in that time you will be required to pay these costs in full.
Model maker's accommodation costs (if applicable)
If your location is too great a distance for the modelmaker to reach in a day and back from our Bristol location we will require accommodation which you will need to provide and pay for. If multiple days are booked you will need to provide and pay for accommodation for the duration of the workshops.
Model maker's subsistence
The modelmaker will require food and drink which we will charge for separately after your event has taken place. We will provide receipts to show how much has been spent.
- If you cancel 14 days in advance there is no charge.
- If you cancel after this time you will be required to pay 50% (excl VAT) of the total cost of your workshop.
- If you cancel after 7 days in advance you will be charged 50% (excl VAT) of your workshop fee and the full cost of travel to your location if it has been booked via www.thetrainline.com
More important information
If for any reason you need to cancel, you can do so up to 14 days before the first date of your workshops. If you cancel after this time you will be charged half of the full amount you have been quoted for the workshops. I.e if you are a school who has booked a one-day workshop and cancel after 14 days before the event, you will be charged £250 (exc VAT).
Yes. Please contact Rainbow Productions who can give you a quote. www.rainbowproductions.co.uk/contact-us
Yes but you will need to contact us to seek permission and a license to work out if there are any screening costs involved. www.aardman.com/about-us/contact
Yes, our model makers will be happy to talk to press but would require briefing before the event.
Yes. Once you have booked a workshop we will provide you with images and a copyright line- all materials are subject to Aardman’s approval.
Yes all our model makers are CRB checked and we can send you any documentation you require.
– Materials: clay , baby wipes, table covers, tools, tooth picks
– Model maker’s travel costs
– Model maker’s accommodation costs (if applicable)
– Model maker’s subsistence
Clay needs to be ordered directly with the supplier but we will supply the worksheets for you to print.
Some basic tables and chairs will be sufficient. Make sure there is enough space for everyone to sit down at a table. Coloured clay can stain work surfaces so ideally try to cover tables with plastic sheets or paper. It might also be worth protecting the floors!
There are 3 characters to choose from, Gromit, Shaun the sheep and Morph.
We would recommend no more than 50 participants per workshop. Obviously the fewer participants the more individual help our model maker can provide!
Each workshop lasts an hour. Up to 3 workshops can be completed throughout one day. This allows time to clear and set up for the next session.
Participants will follow the model maker in a series of stages to make their own clay model. Character worksheets are provided where the character is broken down into basic shapes. The model maker is there to guide the participants, show how the shapes fit together and to offer model making tips and hints.
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