A Feathered Adventure in Light

Sunday 12 - Saturday 18 May, 2019

A Feathered Adventure in Light

Take part in an exciting community project for bird watchers, artists and animators of all skill levels.

Over a series of classes and workshops, local artists will learn how to adapt their drawing and painting talents and make their bird artwork ‘fly’. Whether you are an ornithologist illustrator enthralled by the intricacies of bird markings or just a doodler fascinated by the gracefulness of flight, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your skills and contribute to an original animated artwork.

Through the cooperation of local bird lovers, artists, sketchers and animators, award-winning animation studio illuminart will draw together a stunning projection artwork to celebrate the unique bird life of our region and tell stories sourced from the Wagga Wagga community.

Learn new skills, contribute some artwork or simply share your experiences and love of our precious local wildlife in this collaborative community project.


Experience 1: Bird Watching at Marrambidya Wetland

When: Sunday 12th May
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Where: Marrambidya Wetland, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free event, registration required via Eventbrite

Meet up for an informative talk about local bird species, then hop in the hide and see them for yourself! Share your knowledge of the Marrambidya Wetlands and Murrumbidgee riverside. We are all keen to learn more about this unique place.

Bring your stories, binoculars, camera or sketchpad along and enjoy. While you’re there we’ll tell you about this exciting community projection project and how you can contribute further if you’d like to be involved.

This session may be of special interest to anyone who wants to promote the unique ecology of the area, and to animators, illustrators and artists who would like to use their skills to support preservation of natural heritage.


Experience 2: Drawing and animating birds for beginners class

When: Monday 13th May
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Where: E3 art space, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost: Free event, registration required via Eventbrite

Whether you make art for fun or as a serious pursuit, come along and learn some tips from experts on how to draw and paint birds. The team from illuminart will demonstrate how static artworks can be transformed into animations that fly.

Illuminart suggests that this anatomical and drawing workshop will be of equal value and interest to animators and illustrators, from traditional and digital arts backgrounds.

Bring your original works, your sketch pad and your curiosity. You’ll learn about this exciting community projection project and how you can contribute further if you’d like to be involved.


Experience 3: Bringing birds to life - demo and info session for animators

When: Tuesday 14th May
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Where: E3 art space, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost: Free event, registration required via Eventbrite

See the techniques that the award-winning team at illuminart use to transform 2D visual artworks of birds into graceful animations.

If you animate, bring your own works to show and tell.

You’ll learn about this exciting community projection project and how you can contribute further if you’d like to be involved. This workshop will also include useful and fascinating tips for how animators and traditional artists can collaborate on projects together


Production Phase

When: Wednesday 15th May - Friday 17th May
Time: 12pm - 4pm or by appointment 
Where: E3 art space, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Cost: Free event, registration during attendance of Experiences 1, 2 or 3 (above)

During these three days, participants who have nominated to contribute to the project will draw, paint and create with one on one support from the team at illuminart. Participants can work on site at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s E3 art space or arrange regular check ins with the illuminart team while they work from home.

The project team will assist traditional artists (painters, illustrators etc) to create new work or adapt existing work featuring local bird life and nature, to be integrated into the animation.

Animators and digital artists will be assisted to develop animated sequences expanding their skills with digital tools, and building unique flight sequences.

If you have your own tools, paint materials, laptop etc you are welcome to bring it. If not, when you register, talk to us about what you need and we will aim to provide it.

Note: Minimum Age 18+ (younger age is welcome but you will need an actively participating guardian or teacher with you full time)


Project Showcase

When: Saturday 18 May
Time: TBC
Where: Wagga Wagga Forum 6 Cinema
Cost: TBC

In partnership with the Australian International Animation Festival, illuminart founder and lead artist Cindi Drennan will give a public presentation showcasing the project and process so far.