In March a few people served by ubu in Leeds got together to begin work on a creative project guided by artists in Morley. After some discussion, they decided to work with each other to make a brief animated video piece to be called “Blowing in the Wind”.
Workshops were held over several weeks. The enthusiasm of the ubu artists was very attractive and they talked about the project with their friends. As a result several other budding artists supported by ubu came along to contribute their ideas and skills.
The group thrived as a team, collaborating with each other and the workshop leaders. They learned how to use different techniques including printing, making texture markings on paper and creating collage effects. This work provided some unique material which could be used to make the different elements which were to feature in the animation. A full-size figure, a tree and some leaves were cut out and prepared ready for filming frame by frame. Everybody worked together to create the images, to work out how they would move and to capture the story as a video.
With the video completed, the images used in it were prepared so that they could be exhibited at a local art gallery. The group met up to visit the show which included work by other artists from the community. It was an opportunity to talk about what kind of art they liked and gave them ideas for art they could make in the future.
Sandra from Morley said “I’ve loved coming to these workshops…I’ve learned how to do something really different”. It has been an exciting and inspiring project for everyone who has taken part. You can watch a video which shows how the animation was made here.