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AN AARD ACT TO FOLLOW; Animator set to come to our awards.

Byline: By Lindsay Clydesdale

THE distinctive and quirky characters of Aardman Animations are on their way to Scotland to encourage school kids to get into art.

Mel Gibson film Chicken Run and the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit were global successes for creator Nick Park, while the new Creature Comforts comedy series shown last year, gave Aardman another surefire hit.

Director of the show, Richard Goleszowski, hopes his workshop at the Scottish Education Awards will inspire youngsters. Several of the plasticine characters made famous by the droll and varied human voices in the series, will be travelling with him to the event.

''The show's been very popular and we thought the workshop would be a great thing to do, to get children interested, '' he said. ''I'm looking forward to involving the children, talking about the process of how the Creature Comfort models are made and how the films are made.

''I'm aware that animation always looks a bit daunting from the outside, but it's becoming easier with digital technology to make films at home.''

Richard's own school days in Ipswich were spent ignoring his teacher's attempts to turn him off art.

''I went to grammar school so any involvement in art or media was regarded as being a waste of time but that didn't stop me, '' said Richard.

''I did a fine art degree and got very interested in doing animation at that point.

''I started out doing a lot of animation, but now I have more of an overseeing role. I choose the sound clips and design the characters. For Creature Comforts it takes about six months prep and a year to shoot, while the Wallace and Gromit feature film took about two years.''

There will be plenty of tips on getting into the business at the workshop as well as the possibility of having your voice taped for use in the new series, due on air in the autumn of 2005.

Your nominations have been pouring in for the Daily Record's Education Awards to recognise the best in Scotland's schooling.

The winners will be announced in March. Richard's workshops for the children involved in the ceremony will take place before the presentations.

HOW TO ENTER

MAKE sure you honour your school heroes. Today is your last chance to send in entry forms for the third Daily Record Education Awards. They will be presented during a ceremony at the Ratho Adventure Centre near Edinburgh on March 19.

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