Aardman Model Making Workshops
We’ve teamed up with Aardman – the creators behind Shaun the Sheep, Wallace & Gromit and Morph – to offer some ewe-nique workshops and the opportunity to learn from an Aardman expert model maker how to make your own Shaun the Sheep or Gromit clay model to take home!
The Television Workshop
Nottingham Casting Company, The Television Workshop, are going to be taking you through acting for screen. What’s your best angle? Which of your expressions best conveys anger, happiness, or sadness? How do you act around the camera? This is perfect for all those future stars who are just waiting to be discovered.
Racing Minds – Accents & Improv
Learn to speak with an Irish lilt, a Texan drawl, or a West Country Twang with the brilliant Racing Minds. The boys will also be running an improv workshop so we expect everyone to come away with at least one new improvised accent in their repertoire.
Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jackie Chan, or Kung Foo Panda. Whoever your stunt action hero is, here’s where you learn to be just like them. This non-contact fighting is as much an illusion as a test of your action skills. Think Batman in the POW, BANG, WALLOP days. (All safely choreographed to avoid injury.)
Miming with the Kagools
Fancy yourself as the next Marcel Marceau? Look no further than miming with the Kagools. This silent but strange comedy duo with an enchanting stage show are going to be hosting some miming workshops. How much can you say without words? Lots apparently.
West Yorkshire Playhouse – Acting for Stage and Screen
Time to unleash your hidden drama queen/ drama king in this awesome acting workshop from the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Can you be the next stage starlet or the next leading man? Is this where the dream begins? Step one, theatre in the Deer Shed Festival workshop … eventually, entering the West End Hall of Fame.
Presence Theatre Voice Projection
Presence Theatre will be running their very popular “Reading Group Live” for older children and adults. Read from classic plays and scripts in this interactive, group performance theatre. For the younger audiences, there will be theatrical speaking using PG Shakespearian insults … “Thou hast no more brain than I have in mine elbows”, “Thou dost infect my eyes”, that sort of thing.
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne
Mixing popular appeal with a ground-breaking, unique theatrical language, wonderful dancers and high-quality production values, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures is one of the great success stories of British theatre and has notched up numerous international awards and a staggering 10 Olivier Award nominations. Now they are heading to the Deer Shed Festival to impart their wisdom on you. Not to be missed!
Dance and Exercise
The late David Bowie once sang “Let’s Dance” and there are enough dance-based exercise workshops for you to shake your tail feather at. From Bollywood to Capoeira there’s something for every dance style and every music taste. Also on offer are Insanity, Skillz n Thrillz and even Interpretative Dance to Film Scores. There’s even Hula Hoop Workshops which we hear are a favourite of the official Queen of Everything, Beyoncé.
Yoga and Relaxation
This year, we’ve got more Yoga than you can shake your chakra at. If you prefer your exercise slow-paced you can try out Pilates, Yin Yoga, Meditation or Thai Chi. Whereas those who like the high-intensity, high-reward style of work out can enjoy Club Yoga. There’s even Yoga aimed specifically at teens and separate classes meant just for families, young children, and soon-to-be mummies.
Superhero Poster Design
AwesomeGirl! BrilliantBoy! AMuchBetterSuperheroName! Whatever your superhero alter ego, why not design a poster to remember it? Stop monsters from destroying a festival, halt a villain whilst he tries to take down a city. It’s your superhero fantasy, make it amazing with Leeds City College.
Leeds City College invite you to create your own posters with screen printing. Screen printing uses a mesh to transfer ink onto a substrate. The substrate will have certain areas that are impermeable to ink leaving you with a beautifully designed poster. Choose your design, or create one of your own as you create your unique Deer Shed Poster to take away.
Beautyz and Little Beastz
Whether it’s your dream to look as pretty as a princess, as handsome as a prince, or like you’re emerging triumphantly from an epic battle at the end of a film, this is the workshop for you. Leeds City College will be showing you how to create stage and screen make up for any occasion.
Photo Booth Dress Up
If we’ve learned anything in the past 5 years, it’s that taking selfies is a fad that persists. It’s certainly outlived “Yolo” and “Crocs” – thankfully! Now is your chance to pose for a couple photos whilst dressed up in fun costumes in weird and wonderful settings. Be who you want to be as you pose as the star of your own one-frame movie.
Set designer, model builder, director, and editor. Leeds City College invite you to create your own stop animation movie where you control everything! First you design a mini set, then you design the character that dwells there, and finally create a small Stop Frame Animations film which you can edit and take away with you.
Work on designing outfits for stage and screen with Leeds City College. Create fancy wigs and outfits that are suitable for leading ladies and leading men of all ages and ambitions. From monsters to machines and everything in-between.
Second Hand Limb Shop Special Effects
Always wanted a robot arm? Want to create a gruesome injury but not have to carry it around on your own arm? The Second Hand Limb Shop is for you. Our mannequins are ready and waiting to be transformed by all our future make-up and special effects designers.
Create your very own minion to take away. Give him one or two eyes, paint him yellow … or purple if you’ve got a naughty streak (or any other colour if you’re an anarchist!) Take your minion to enjoy the rest of the festival and even try and order him to do your evil bidding, just like in the film. NB: Minion will not follow your orders, but don’t worry – mum and dad will.
Super Hero Mask Making
If we’ve learned anything from superheroes it’s that a very simple mask can completely disguise you from everyone you know. Turn yourself into the ultimate anonymous crime-fighting machine by creating your own individual mask. Be sure to add your superhero name and add a little super hero personality to the mix. Thanks to our Charlotte for modelling duties.
Your cardboard camera might not be able to actually capture the memories of Deer Shed … but you’ll certainly look the part. Using cardboard, colours, and your own creativity, you’ll be able to create a cardboard camera fit for cardboard paparazzi.
Before computers, before TV, even before radio (or the wireless as your gran calls it), children explored the magic of moving images with the mystic Zoetrope. Create your own characters, colour them, draw them, design them until their perfect and then watch them come alive.
The thaumatrope was first made popular in the 1820s and is just as impressive now as it has ever been. Scientifically speaking, it demonstrates the “persistence of vision”. We actually think it’s just magic – a magic spinning disk which blends two images together using magic. We’re not sure what the images will be yet. Perhaps the classic bird in a cage? Perhaps a monster fighting a machine? Either way it will be awesome … and magic.
Who wants to “do a DiCaprio” and spend 23 years waiting to finally be handed an Oscar? Not us. We also don’t want to have to put in all that “hard work” and do all that “acting” that’s required. We’re also not talented. However, we’ve come up with a clever way around it … make your own Oscar Statue. It may be made of cardboard, but from a distance, no one will be able to tell the difference. Now all you need to do is work on a killer acceptance speech.
Hyper realistic Minecraft heads are simple enough to make. We have lots of head-sized boxes for you to decorate and colour. We fully expect to look across a field of Minecraft Characters by Sunday afternoon.
Whether you’re planning to create a sit com, period drama, sci-fi, chat show, or replicate your favourite kids TV show, you’ll find all the materials you need to achieve your TV set dream in this workshop. Think backdrop, curtains, scenery … you could even create your own props.
Playdough is now officially a festival favourite. Come along and create creatures and patterns in this multi-coloured dough. If you want to keep it film-themed, you could probably create a camera or a clapper board. If you don’t want to stick to the theme film, you can create anything you like.
Sometimes the simple things are the best. We’ve got a whole load of lined pictures which haven’t been coloured. We’ve also brought lots of coloured pens, pencils, crayons, and paints. We’re going to allow you to put the two together. Bonus points for colouring inside the lines.
Pipe Cleaner Pets
We had so much fun creating pipe cleaner insects last year that we’re bringing them back this year. There’s so much scope with pipe cleaners that we’re letting you create whatever you like. Just make sure they’re at least a little bit creative … no stick insects please!
You can’t beat a classic craft like Friendship Bracelets. This is a relatively straight-forward skill once you know how to do it. Using little more than a pin and some coloured threads, you’ll create a beautiful little wearable keepsake. Make them for your new friends. Make them for your old friends. Make them for your festival friends. Simple.
The humble pebble can be transformed with a little paint and gloss into a rather wonderful little ornament or paperweight. We’ll provide the pebbles and the paint all you have to do is find one that’s the right shape and design it to your taste.
Walk of Fame
Hollywood stars have their names immortalised above stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and this year, in honour of our theme, Deer Shed Stars are going to be immortalised on the Deer Shed Walk of Fame. Design your star, add your name and let everyone know just how important you are.
The TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood is well-known for displaying over 200 celebrity hand and footprints on its forecourt. We’re replicating this with clay handprints of our own. Get a perfect outline of your hand and add a special quote or smiley face under your name as you take home this unique memento of your time as Deer Shed royalty.
Owl Finger Puppets
Wouldn’t it be great to have this wisest of creatures always on hand (did you see what we did there?). Share your festival experience with this simple-to-make puppet. All you need is a little fabric glue and the ability to follow instructions. And if you can’t follow instructions, someone will be on hand to help. And if you won’t follow instructions, you could create a mutant cyclops owl with wing for a mouth. Hooray!
CD Paint Design
CDs have a vast number of surprising uses - a man we knew used to use them to scare cats away from his garden. At Deer Shed Festival, we’re using them as decorations. Paint them with pretty patterns and hang them to decorate our wishing tree.
The mystery of the missing sock is a long standing one. If you google it, there are several pages dedicated to the phenomena. Well good news - we’ve found all the odd socks and we’re turning them into a quirky cuddly companion to accompany you during the festival.
It would be fair to say that pompoms can brighten up even the drabbest of materials and we’re going to be using pompoms to create decorations that are as bright and as exciting as your brain can imagine. We’re particular excited to see the number of pompom tent decorations. A nice simple work shop with lots of colour and fun.
An old favourite at the festival we'll try and keep this one going over the whole weekend. Make a finger pot, hamster, dalek, racing car, a pony, scale version of the Large Hadron Collider...with our quick drying clay.
If you’ve ever seen a picture of a festival crowd, you’ll have noticed the unusually high number of festival headbands. Whether they’re practical and have a torch attached or are just a colourful hair accessory, we’re going to help you upcycle boring old headbands and create a unique festival bands to exactly your own style.
Collage comes from the French word ‘coller’ meaning ‘to glue’ … which makes sense really, doesn’t it? This modern art technique is all about gluing things together to create a picture. We’ve have all sorts of “bits and pieces” for your to make pictures with.
This sort of sounds like the name of a poem, or perhaps some kind of aching-heart ballad - it’s neither. This is our workshop in which you learn to bend, twist, and tie beautiful willow branches into classy, heart-shaped artwork.
Heat some metal up until malleable bash it with a hammer. Amazingly, this method can wield the most amazing decorative hooks for you to hang in your home or garden.
The Abundant Earth team show you how to create spectacular fish and flowers using ancient willow weaving practices. The techniques - perhaps best known for creating baskets – are going to be adapted so that you can create a lovely ornament to take home.
Join the Abundant Earth team as they show you how to turn scraps of felt into beautiful bracelets and small felted rugs. Using the tried and tested techniques of our outdoorsy ancestors, this is not to be missed.
Join Groovy Records as they upcycle classic vinyl records into fashionable mirrors and photo frames. Paint the records to your own taste and then turn it into a tasteful addition to your house. Add a photo of the family at Deer Shed to your frame and it’s the perfect memento of your weekend.
It’s impossible to be unhappy in a poncho. It’s the wearable blanket that predates the snuggie and the slanket and allows you to be as cosy as it’s possible to be … aside from being wrapped in a duvet. Using natural products and wool, this workshop will help you make the happiest clothing product in the world.
It would be fair to say that fairy tales have given spindles a bad name over the years. Rumblestiltskin, Sleeping Beauty – neither of these spinning stories ended particularly well. However we – along with our friends at Kindle Woods – are going to rescue the good name of spindles in this awesome old-worldy workshop. We can’t guarantee you’ll be spinning straw into gold, but you might just create something special to take away with you.
Join our professional team of den builders, yes really, as they turn sofas upside down and attach sheets to clothes lines with clothes pegs. Build yourself a small sanctuary over the weekend in which to escape your family for as long as possible.
Join our wildlife experts as they follow the tracks of animals native to Baldersby Park. Will there be bear prints? Wolf prints? Deer prints? No, of course not … but there will be plenty of animals who do live in the park for you to track.
You never know when you might need to set fire to something or make a shelter or stop the bleeding from a lost limb with little more than a cotton wool bud. Post-apocalypse, you'll be pleased that you attended one of our bushcraft workshops.
Parent and Baby Yoga
Enjoy all the benefits of Yoga with the whole family. Babies all the way through to grans and grandads are welcome to join this inclusive introductory yoga session which will be provide fun for all the family.
Your little ones can exercise their imaginations and create small worlds whilst enjoying a great multi-sensory experience. Jelly, edible snow, colourful spaghetti, it’s all there so your little on can create entire worlds, landscapes and stories with materials that feel great, look colourful, and smell nice.
This drop-in workshop gives little ones chance to shake, rattle, and bang to their heart’s content. Including rhymes, songs, and a variety of instruments, this is the magical, musical moment every under-5 has been looking for.
Moving to music is one thing we can all agree on. From the dad dance to the baby bounce, there’s something undeniable about a catchy tune. Let your little ones tap, toddle and boogie to their new favourite beats.
Imaginative play through some basic drama and theatre techniques. Explore strange and wonderful worlds with our workshop leaders who are trained specifically to build a fun, creative environment for children to play, learn, and be theatrical.
Little ones can use hands, feet, sponges, giant stampers and even vegetables to make amazing painty creations. We will have a mixture of safe poster paints and food-based paints for the babies who just want to eat everything! Big sheets of paper on the floor make it easy for babies and toddlers to use their whole bodies and become immersed in the painting experience. And you get to leave us to clear up the mess!
Boom Chikka Boom
Into their 4th year of hosting some of the country’s most exciting and innovative family events. Boomchikkaboom, formally known as Baby Rave North will be joining us for some raving of our own! Expect good music, bubbles galore, pompoms, shakers, parachute fun, snow machine, dancing and 100% good vibes for the whole family from 0-100yrs!
You may have noticed that writing by hand is making a comeback. From hand-drawn chalkboards to beautiful quotes on Instagram, hand lettering can really up your creative game! We’ll show you different styles of lettering and teach you how to create them yourself.
This is one of our favourite forms of printing. Lino cutting is an incredible way of creating a relief print you can use time and time again. You’ll learn how to set up this machine, cut linoleum properly, and print awesome pictures with it.
Crafting with paper may be cooler than you think! Tell a story or create a scene with paper illustration. We’ll help you learn the basics, and then set you free with nothing but your own creativity to guide you!
Storyboarding is the important stepping stone between script and filming. In this workshop, you and your family can create your very own story, document your Deer Shed trip, draw your favourite festival memories, and create your very own family film storyboard. Suitable for younger Deer Shedders.
Always wanted to pull the face and moves of a lead guitarist but don’t want to bother with the actual music bit? Who needs to be able to read music and play chords when you can power slide on your knees across a stage whilst looking like a rock-god? This is one for all the musically-challenged superstars run by the Rock School from Leeds.
Whether you aspire to be Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, Everything Everything’s Michael Spearman or The Muppets’ Animal, this is the workshop for you. We’ve got our hands on a number of drums for the festival weekend so you can bang a beat for as long and as loud as you want.
Plenty for those ukulele enthusiasts to enjoy with this workshop. Grab a ukulele and learn how to play it like Jason Mraz, Laura Marlin, or Jeff Beck. Fun Fact: Ukulele means “Jumping Flees” in Hawaiian. See, Deer Shed Festival is educational as well as fun!
Folk Singing with Serious Sam Barrett
The workshop is an interactive, singing focused session designed for children of Key Stages 1 and 2 which was developed in consultation with teachers across North and West Yorkshire. The workshop introduces children to the idea of folk and traditional music in various forms from all over the world. The session will also educate children about some basic aspects of the social and economic context in which shanties/work songs were sung.
Billy & Andy’s Music School
Billy & Andy's Music School will be at this year’s Deer Shed Festival presenting their weird and wonderful musical instruments for everybody to play on, jam with, and generally make a racket. They’ll also be hosting a live film-scoring event using their h omemade instruments, pieces of junk and anything else that you can bang, bash and beat. Come along and join in. No musical talent required!
Hyde Park Brass Band
Do you have a family? Do you love music? Do you love interacting? If you answered “no” to all of these questions then don’t come to this workshop. The Hyde Park Brass Band workshop is the interactive music workshop for all the family. Plenty for all you aspiring musos and for anyone harbouring plans on start one of those 70s-style family bands like The Jacksons or The Osmonds.