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Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)​ animating a skeleton model from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, 1958​ © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation​.
Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)​ animating a skeleton model from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, 1958​ © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation​.
Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)​ animating a skeleton model from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, 1958​ © The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation​.

Animate: Exploring ideas through simple time-based techniques

In this online workshop, delivered over 2 half-day sessions, we will be taking inspiration from the work of Ray Harryhausen. Participants will explore ways of communicating ideas and developing an animated narrative in the tradition of the artist book.

The first session will provide an introduction to Ray Harryhausen Titan of Cinema, and selected artists from the collection of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The workshop will also introduce a range of simple animation techniques, narrative art and artist books. You will be asked to complete both an individual and a collaborative project between the first and second sessions.

The second session will provide a platform for the sharing of completed projects and consider how time based techniques and processes can be used to enhance teaching, learning and assessment.

Computer and internet access is required to attend this workshop. Joining instructions will be sent on registration (please note that those unable to attend the exhibition will be given access to remote resources).

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will have:

  • Experimented with a range of narrative and time-based based techniques and tools
  • Used time-based techniques to redefine the art and design sketchbook
  • Worked collaboratively to generate, share and communicate ideas
  • Developed ideas for both remote and studio assignments that will enable students to confidently apply time-based techniques within their practice

Who should attend?

The workshop is suitable for teachers and practitioners who want to learn how to use basic time-based techniques and is ideal for those who deliver all creative arts qualifications at levels 1-4 including:

  • AS level
  • A Level
  • UAL Awarding Body (level1-4)
  • BTEC

About the facilitators

Liz Conacher

With a MPhil Art & Design in Organisational Contexts and BA Hons in Fine Art, Liz Conacher has 15 years experience working with schools, local authorities and galleries to devise cross-curricular creative learning opportunities for schools and communities. She has worked as a teacher, tutor, participatory artist, cultural coordinator, creative learning network coordinator and arts development manager.

She is currently Schools Learning Coordinator for National Galleries Scotland.

Sarah Atkinson

With over 30 years of experience working in further and higher education and an MA, BA and PGCE Sarah Atkinson designed, delivered and managed creative arts course at UAL. Instigating strategies to improve teaching, learning and assessment, both in the UK and with educational institutions worldwide as part of the international team at LCF.

She was asked to contribute to the setting up of UAL Awarding Body, and subsequently became a member of the Senior Management Team, helping to develop the suite of qualifications and leading the team of Chief Examiners as Head of Academic Standards, before deciding to leave full time work last year.

She is now an academic consultant with projects ranging from setting up an academy for creative education in India to advising the DFE on new qualifications, while continuing to support the work of UAL Awarding Body as a Senior Moderator and maintaining her own creative practice.


If you have questions about the UAL Awarding Body CPD programme, please email