All About Helen Piercy
Helen Piercy is an author and animation director, based in London. She currently runs workshops around the UK, teaching young people film-making skills. Her latest book “Animation Studio” combines all of her workshop lessons into one easy to use kit and is jam-packed full of expert tips.
Helen has directed several award winning short films, including an animation narrated by Alan Rickman. Her professional clients include Children in Need, World Wildlife Fund, BBC Radio One, London Fashion Week, Sky Arts and Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
Helen Piercy’s passion for film-making led her to set up Helen Animate Workshops, teaching animation skills to young people. Past workshops have taken place in a variety of settings such as museums, theatres and children’s literary festivals. She has also worked with a number of children’s charities and disability organisations.
In addition to animation workshops, Helen also runs young illustrator clubs teaching drawing techniques, comics and designing Manga characters. All workshops aim to encourage new skills, build confidence and provide a creative, hands-on experience.
Helen’s School Visits
Helen is happy to structure workshops to fit the requirements of the school, taking into account group size and ability. The sessions can also incorporate areas relevant to the school curriculum, for example Literacy, ICT, Art and Design.
Helen is able to provide equipment for the session, including animation software, laptops and web cameras. Animation techniques that can be covered are stop-motion, cut-out and hand drawn.
The recommended age group for animation workshops is 7+ years and class sizes of up to 30 students.
After the session the workshop films will be emailed to the school.
Helen can start the session with a large assembly presentation followed by the following workshop options;
Learn how to make stop-motion videos like a professional. Using tips and tricks from the experts, discover 2-D and 3-D techniques with puppets, clay-modelling, morphing and pixilation. From storyboarding to the editing suite, you’ll find everything you need to know inside this mini stage set box. Includes gadgets to make, double-sided fold-out stage set, press-out props and 32-page director’s handbook.
From Script to Screen (full day)
Students have the opportunity to become directors in this one day workshop and take control of the film making process from start to finish. Participants work in teams or as individuals, designing characters, storyboarding the scenes, script writing and sound recording to create an animated short.
If the class is studying a certain topic or subject then this can also be incorporated into the workshop as a project piece.
Animation Taster (45 minutes – half day)
Students get to experience an overview of the film-making process, including character design, storytelling and film-making.
Young Illustrators Workshop (45 mins +)
Combining storytelling with artistic skills, the young illustrators workshop focuses on character development, from back story to what their character eats for breakfast. The session can also include comic strip design and incorporate Manga style drawing.
Recommended age group for young illustrators workshop is 5+ years and class sizes of up to 30 students.
Reviews and Recommendations
‘Animation Studio is a lot of fun, extremely good value for money and a lovely way to introduce children and those new to animation how this film-making process works. If you spot it in a bookshop window or on the display stand at your local Waterstones, stop and have a play – I can guarantee that you will quickly rediscover the child in you.’ Aaron Wood – Skwigly Online Animation Magazine
‘The book makes you have fun! fun! fun! and you will love animating by the end of it.’ Hannah Minton – lovereading4kids
‘A beautifully illustrated animation set, with all you need to make a video on your phone’ Joanna de Guia – Victoria Park Books The Independent 50 Best Winter Reads
‘The animation workshop provided by Helen was fabulous. The class were taken through the animation process quickly and all managed to produce a great, short stop motion film. The atmosphere in the classrooms was electric as all the boys made their models, wrote their stories and made their films. Helen worked wonderfully well with all the boys and delivered the workshop brilliantly. The boys were talking about their films all of the following day.’ Susan Williams – St Martins School, Northwood
‘Animation Helen was one of the highlights at STORYSTOCK festival. The children were wowed by her workshop, her way, her wonderfulness and generally loved every second of it. My kids haven’t stopped talking about it.’ Claire Gill – Organiser of STORYSTOCK Festival
‘Helen is great at manga drawing and I would love to do it again. You learn to draw different faces and see how just one feature creates a certain facial expression. I never knew I could draw like that! Great experience.’ Pupil – Longsands Academy, St Neots
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Helen Piercy, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org