With the half term break on the horizon, we've gathered some ideas for things to do with an Aardman twist this October, from days out to Halloween-themed fun to try at home!
For October half term only, 'In Your Face' takes over the National Media Museum and Aardman are getting involved! The Expressions Lab celebrates 40 years of Aardman creativity, showing how characters such as Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep communicate through facial expressions, as well exploring how their faces are made.
You can also take part in activities, catch 'An Hour of Aardman' in the cinema on selected days during the week, plus you can meet Aardman storyboard artist Jay Clarke and model maker Jim Parykn. Full details here.
A wealth of original Aardman artwork has been collected for a special exhibition at The Illustration Cupboard to celebrate Aardman's 40th birthday. It's your last chance to check out some lovely original artwork by Nick Park and other Aardman artists, featuring Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Morph and other favourite Aardman characters before the exhibition closes on 25th October - find out more here.
Make a pumpkin that stands out from the crowd with the ideas on the Shaun the Sheep Pinterest page! There are some great ideas for Wallace and Gromit carvings in there - just remember to get some adult help when creating your designs! Alternatively, how about trying something totally different for your Halloween outfit this year? We love this idea in our gallery for Wallace and Gromit paper machier heads - aren't they brillilant!
If you're a big fan of Shaun as well as W&G, you might like to check out the fantastic new step-by-step video on Shaun's Facebook page which shows you how to create a Shaun the Sheep-themed pumpkin! Just remember to have some adult supervision as pumpkin carving calls for sharp tools.
The History of Children's TV arrives at Derby Museums on 22nd October, featuring Shaun, Morph and Timmy, while over the road at sister venue The Silk Mill you'll be able to have a go at making your own Morph model (22nd October, from 10am - 4pm) More info here.
Our gallery is still open for entries in this month's creative challenge, a great way to spend a morning at home over the holidays. We have some great prizes up for grabs, including the popular Paint Your Own Gromit kit!
As well as watching your favourite film clips on the Wallace and Gromit YouTube channel, you can also get some drawing tips from none other than Nick Park. His special tutorials teach you the steps to drawing the perfect Gromit - time well spent, we think!