I'm a kinetic artist with a background in automata and animation. I've taught primary level to degree level and in between. With students I help them to develop their concept offering advice and guidance along the way to realise their vision. Either come to me with your idea or I can offer a project based on your ability. Along the way you can learn a myriad of skills; mechanisms, electromagnetics, metal work, soldering, welding, simple engineering, simple electronics, coding with short cuts and tricks. Once we've established what you wish to make I will guide you through the process - from first sketches through sketch models, experimental rigs. Whether it’s automata or kinetic art you will learn about different types of mechanisms and by the end of the course you will have completed a simple working automaton or moving artwork. The course will be in regular online tutorials where you present your work and at the end of each session I will set a goal to achieve by the next. For example two x one hour sessions per week to suit your schedule.
Teaching on-line requires the student to have some tools and resources such as a drill, bench vice, pliers, hacksaw, hammer and punch. Although it's surprising how few are needed even for quite complex mechs. For automata classes some materials are included except for specialist hardwoods, electronics, motors however I can advise where to obtain all these, in advance if necessary. I actively encourage the use of reclaimed and recycled materials and parts as this can imbue the work with special qualities. However for an extra fee, I can fabricate special parts machined at my workshop to send to you.
As a qualified teacher I've taught part-time for 25 years at all levels, conducting workshops in schools from primary to secondary levels. Until the lockdowns, I tutored animatronics and automata at Wimbledon College of Art, and kinetic art at UCL in Interactive Architecture and Mecha-biology. I now teach automata making on line.
Past students have come top in their year and awarded New Blades 2019.
Having trained in BBC visual effects in the 80s, I went on to make effects props and animatronics. In the 90s I was part of the the new automata wave and showed at Cabaret Mechanical Theatre and still keep in touch with many of the makers such as Tim Hunkin and Paul Spooner. I am a London based kinetic artist who works with light and movement to challenging visual perception. I often work with wind-power finding the directness of this energy particularly appealing and shown internationally with Kinetica Museum for ten years and continue my practice and show my work. I am a qualified teacher in Design Technology and, until the Covid, was a Associate Lecturer at Wimbledon Art School and UCL in Interactive Architecture. My own art is inspired by, energy, astronomy and physics. (concealed information)
If your interest is in kinetic art I can teach its history, having shown with artists such as Jean Tinguely, Alexander Calder, David Medalla and Liliane Ljin. So I can, through looking at works by the past and current artists, guide you with references to a complete of artists past and present.
Excellent! Tom is a very helpful teacher, encouraging and knowledgeable. He explains concepts well and has a broad knowledge of lots of different technical and artistic processes , so very useful help to work out how to take my projects forward.
Jenny is a highly motivated and creative student and has been a pleasure to teach. She has grasped the methodology of mechanism development extremely well Once she has a few under her belt I envisage great creativity from her.
Tom is a very enthusiastic teacher with a great knowledge of all things creative. He is extremely patient which really encourages his students to thoroughly understand the subject. I really appreciated how determined he was to help solve certain problems I came across. He was a huge help to me and I really did learn a great deal.
I have been taught by Tom on a number of occasions and had the pleasure of working with him too. His broad knowledge of the subject is always incredibly helpful; both conceptually and practically. He has consistently gone out of his own way to help me with various projects, far beyond the call of duty.
Tom is a brilliant tutor and has taught specialist animatronic courses to my students at UAL Wimbledon for at least the last ten years. He is a kind considerate tutor with a fantastic professional career which runs alongside his teaching commitments.
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|5 hours||£130||Not available||£150|
|10 hours||£280||Not available||£300|