Masterclasses at Animation Dingle 2020

Screen Skills Ireland are excited to support Animation Skillnet as they team up Animation Dingle to offer two brilliant masterclasses at Animation Dingle 2020, with additional support from Skillnet Ireland, Animation Ireland, and the BAI.

Delegates can choose to attend either or both masterclasses. Registration is open on the Animation Skillnet website until  7pm on Monday 16th March 2020. Please note that registration for these masterclasses is only open to those who have already bought Animation Dingle festival passes.

Masterclass 1: Thomas Fluharty – Next Level Drawing Workshop and the Joy of Drawing

Date: Saturday 21st March 2020

Venue: Dingle Skellig Hotel

Time: 9:30 – 11.30 (please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and take your seat)

You are only as good as you draw.  In fact, there is NOTHING beyond drawing.  Since drawing is the top, everything else, artistically speaking, is subjected to it.  Regardless of how well you paint, you are only as good as you draw. In light of these truths, I have designed this class to unpack my 35-year approach to drawing using classical instruction, a hint of caricature and exaggeration fused with passion, and an ever increasing, intense love for drawing.

Teaching is a natural extension of who I am and what I do.  When I teach these workshops, it’s ultimately an opportunity for us to interact and revel in the wonders, the difficulties and the joys of drawing.

Thomas Fluharty’s work has been featured on covers for Mad Magazine, Der Spiegel, and Time Magazine, who gave the cover to the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. His work is notably featured for The Weekly Standard, for whom he has painted over 100 covers. Other clients have included People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, The Village Voice, Coca-Cola, and the New York Times and Disney.

Fluharty’s work has received national recognition from the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles and Communication Arts Illustration annuals. He won a gold medal from Spectrum Fantastical Art for his depiction of Hillary Clinton, and a bronze medal for the cover painting of Max Lucado’s book, The Boy and the Ocean for 3×3  Magazine of Contemporary Illustration under his children’s book alias T. Lively Fluharty.

Fluharty loves working with students all over the world teaching online with where he teaches drawing and painting.

He is happily married to the love of his life Kristi, has five amazing daughters, and one cute little cavalier spaniel named Biddy.

Masterclass 2: Seamus Malone – Acting in Animation

Date: Saturday 21st March 2020

Time: 12.00 – 14.00 (please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and take your seat. If you attend both workshops, there will be no need to sign in again and you will be able to remain in your seat)

Venue: Dingle Skellig Hotel

Seamus will present examples of his TV and feature film work and discuss the process behind character animation.

Seamus studied traditional 2D and stop-motion animation at Ballyfermot College, Dublin, graduating in 1994. He has subsequently worked as a Lead Animator, Animation Supervisor, Writer and Director with Aardman Animations, PDI, Dreamworks, Sony Pictures Animation, Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Netflix and now DNEG Feature Animation. He has worked on numerous award-winning features, shorts, commercials and TV series’ including:

Chicken Run, Flushed Away, The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, Creature Comforts, Rex The Runt, Morph, A Matter Of Loaf And Death, Shaun The Sheep, Arthur Christmas, Macarooned, Watership Down and the upcoming Ron’s Gone Wrong.