Dora’s work with children has, among many film festivals, been shown at the National Gallery, the Barbican Cinema and the Museum of London.
Traditional artistic skills such as drawing, painting and model-making are all put to use), plus children learn how new technologies can be used to create something original. By creating short animated films, students boost their computer skills, learn to edit simple audio and operate basic animation software, but they also find out about the art techniques needed to create characters and scenery. A big part of these projects is having the kids work as a team. Their cooperation is like a massive mosaic: they learn how to create characters and scenery from their own imagination, then how to put all these elements together to result in a collaborative animated film.
The little boy Hokusai - Firth Manor School
I saw the animation you sent us. The pictures and voices of the children were very cute‼ I will also introduce it to our museum staff. We love to hear impressions from people who love Hokusai in the world. Appreciate your love and understanding of Hokusai Art.
We hope that you will keep continuing to have wonderful lessons in Schooling the Imagination.
(Yumiko Hayashi-Public Relations, The Sumida Hokusai Museum, www.hokusai-museum.jp)
Donatello and Brunelleschi - Maple Walk School and Faraday School
Andrew and I both think it is just fantastic. Such an achievement, and also one of the best art history programmes we have seen!
(Kate Adams, PA to British art historian and broadcaster, Andrew Graham-Dixon)
Our animation is published on his website: https://www.andrewgrahamdixon.com/broadcasts.html
Thanks so much for sharing this with me! It was great fun to see, from the opening shot of the Arno (I love the flowing water and the Ponte Vecchio) to the closing shot of the dome! The animation and story are very creative, clever and entertaining. I love the ‘special delivery’ scene when the Crucifix comes to Donatello. The students have done real justice to the friendship of the two men! I also like the subplot in which Donatello learns to accept and deal with criticism, and to make his art better as a result. There’s a lesson there for us all!
(Ross King, the bestselling author of books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. Among his books are Brunelleschi’s Dome (2000), Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling (2002) etc.)
In the Czech Republic, Irena noted that the virus came at a very bad time and the Czech National Trust was preparing a short, restrictive season. Or indeed no season at all. However, she also said that everyone is trying to find a silver lining to the crisis. She shared the creative work of Czech animator, Dora Martinkova, who would be delighted to work with INTO members on creating engaging virtual content. Here is an example of a piece she created with local school children about Donatello and Brunelleschi, which we love.
(International National Trusts Organisation)
The Creator of Evolution (Charles Darwin) - Malorees Junior School
This is fantastic! Many thanks indeed for sharing! This has made my afternoon!
(Lucie Tuck-Brown, Education Visits Officer, South Region - Down House)
Elisabeth Virgee Le Brun: A Modern Cinderella - North Bridge House School
We were impressed by the animation you created, and we would be pleased to send you some postal cards, posters and the Louvre’s periodic le petit ami du Louvre to thank you.
(Pierric Thibaudeau, Musée du Louvre)