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We wanted to say thank you to everyone for the kind comments you made. This is what you said:
Just watched all the videos on You Tube from the animation workshop. Amazing job to all involved! Thank you so much for all of your work with Thomas he really enjoyed the course. Special thanks too to Lexie for her work with Isabelle. She also loved the week and has improved her skills.
Best wishes – Wendy – e-mail – 28/8/2019
Hiya Nick & Lexy, with thanks for your help & guidance in classes over the past few years, Cai came away with an A* GCSE yesterday. Cai is going back to 6th form to study art at A level. Xxxxx
mrshx - instagram - 24/08/18
I have first-hand feedback on what a positive experience this [turnip starfish workshops] has provided to young-people over the years from those that have regularly progressed to study with us at USW to degree level. It doesn’t escape my attention how seamless a pathway of creative contact these activities could provide kids from primary school age right through adolescence, up to university and beyond.
At each stage, receiving expert guidance and encouragement from Nick and his team who are ideally placed to advise having experienced a career in.
Course Leader - BA(Hons) Computer Animation
University of South Wales - Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries
A lively, fun and engaging workshop that taught pupils how to create their own manga characters step-by-step. Nick and Lexy were a pleasure to work with and really know how to work a group!
Stephanie Roberts, museum educator. July 2018
Highly recommend this class (Life Drawing). Fantastic tutor.
Howard Jones - Professional Painter and Tutor. May 2018.
Thanks Lexy and Nick @TurnipStarfish @firstcampus for a great hoodie design workshop @UniSouthWales
Karin Crimmins – twitter – 23/02/18
Whilst I’ve been busy showing our fantastic animation to anyone in the same vicinity as me, I’ve realised that I’ve been really rude in not having thanked you and the team for such a fantastic piece of work. It is exactly what we wanted and even better than we expected! I look forward to working with you again – it’s been a pleasure.
Head of Engagement and Participation
Education and Lifelong Learning – RCTCBC
Just wanted to say thank you for another brilliant workshop, the hoody is fab. Adam really enjoyed himself and can't wait for the next one. Thanks again to you all.
Tracey Davies – email – 20/02/18
Moli had a fabulous time today. Thank you for looking after her.
Gwen Marshall – e-mail - 17/02/2018
I thought that you may like a quick update on how Amelia's getting on....
Bristol (University) offered her a place... and Cardiff offered her two unconditional places on 2D and 3D animation! She's over the moon as Cardiff is where she wanted to go.
I wanted to let you know as, at all three interviews and her personal statement, she talked about her time at Turnipstarfish, I think it helped her a lot in more ways than one. Apart from anything else, a few of the tutors said they knew/know Nick and so knew about the Summer school etc.
So once again many thanks and I'll keep you posted on how she gets on. I think things are looking bright for her, fingers crossed :-)
Emma Dwyer – e-mail – 8/02/18
"We hope you enjoyed the class?"
@cardifflifedrawing of course! I wouldn’t keep coming back if I didn’t haha :) I really enjoy it man
Luke Evans - Instagram – 08/01/18
Thanks to @TurnipStarfish for helping to develop (my daughters) skills #proudMum
Katrina Williams – twitter - 27/12/17
(My Son) had an amazing 2 days with you. Thanks again.
Mrs Gardner. Text message – 31/10/17
Hi, Just wanted to thank you all for the project, (My son) had a brilliant time, he thoroughly enjoyed it...thanks again.
Tracey Davies – email – 31/10/17
(My Daughters) love the workshops, I can see an improvement after every single time they go!
Eva Savage – facebook – 7/10/17
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your help. I joined your Boost classes in 2014 and you kindly allowed me into a life study class. I have just finished my Foundation art and design course at Treforest . Nick was kind to me and I was given the confidence to carry on. Thank you.
Jan Stone – face book – 19/7/17
Loved the class (Life Drawing Saturday Class). thanks nick
Adrian Davila – Instagram – 1/7/17
…our Blitz project has been nominated for an award in the Welsh Heritage Awards. The animation our pupils created with you last year was a big part of the application and was received really positively by the judges.
Mr Protheroe. Darren Park Primary School – 27/06/17
As a school we have been blown away be the skills the children have gained, as a result of working with Turnip Starfish. Reluctant writers were completely engaged and excited about writing because of their creative approach and stimulating provision. All of the children benefited hugely from working creatively. Their self-esteem, confidence and independence skills improved significantly. On behalf of Undy Primary, Thank you!
Mrs Willis, Co-head teacher Undy Primary School - 15/06/17
Turnip Starfish were brilliant – Nick and Lexy had an amazing way with the year 4 children. The pupils were engaged and enthusiastic about all the activities they led; the drawing workshops provided skills that will stay with them forever.
Mr Edwards, Year 4 teacher Undy Primary School - 15/06/17
Turnip Starfish are so cool. Nick and Lexy are awesome at drawing and they were really good at teaching us how to draw using different techniques. My drawing has improved so much!
Isabella O’Brien - Year 4 - 15/06/17
I really enjoyed our time with Nick and Lexy from Turnip Starfish. I learnt lots of new drawing skills and created my own comic. I am so proud of what I have achieved and I did it all whilst having so much fun!
Jack Collins Year 4 pupil - 15/06/17
Having Nick and Lexy in our school was the best thing ever! I will never forget this experience and I am so proud of the comic I made.
Lucas Powell – year 4 pupil - 15/06/17
We are delighted to have been nominated for the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Culture Award’ at the Youth Engagement and Participation Celebration Event 2017 by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. 01/06/17
Emma Dwyer - 24/05/17
My daughter was lucky enough to be able to attend a number of courses with the turnip starfish over the years and has benefited in so many ways, including: developing her artistic skills and learning how to apply them practically, meaningful story telling through pictures, confidence in her abilities and how to manage her time in order to meet deadlines, all this while having lots of fun and finding new friends. Essentially, the skills learnt during her holidays, will (I think) prove to be an important foundation and building block, for the rest of her career, so a great BIG thanks to Nick,Lexy and the rest of the gang keep up the good work inspiring the next generation!’
Thank you sooooo much for a wonderful life drawing class on Saturday, we had a great time and got a lot from the workshop. I am still keen to sign up to one half day session a month.
Jane Ellis 10/5/17
Maria Manley 6/5/17
A first for me!! Fantastic fun & relaxing ‘Life Drawing’ class yesterday taken by Nick of Turnip Starfish Animation. We began by looking at the shapes made by the skeleton & musculature, how the body hinges & proportion. His teaching style is mature, relaxed, fluid, and engaging.
Just wanted to let you know that Felix and Oscar absolutely loved the animation workshop. They wish it was longer. Thank you so much! They are both keen to continue making films at home now, which is wonderful. They have already said they'd like to come again in the summer for a week.... possibly 2! When can we book on?!!
All the very best for now. Nina Gregory – 20/4/17
I just wanted to thank you and Lexy for offering Caitlin the recent opportunity to join you at Comic Con.
Since attending your workshops her art skills have developed and as her parents, it has been wonderful to see her passion and enthusiasm for Manga Art grow.
We cannot thank you both enough! Kind regards
Katrina Williams 13/3/17
Deputy Headteacher, Ysgol Cynwyd Sant - 6/3/17
The children and staff have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of your workshops
Dr Glenda Jones. Creative Agent, Lead Creative Schools. 6/3/17
Thanks so much for this morning. What we saw in action today was creative learning at its very best. It was fun, energetic and generating some great results.
Deputy Headteacher, Ysgol Cynwyd Sant - 8/2/2017
Just a quick note to thank you and Lexy very much for the training you delivered to the staff during our INSET day yesterday. It was fantastic! Everyone is so enthusiastic about using the skills learned in their classrooms. We are very much looking forward to beginning the work with year 5 and 6 on Friday! Thank you both!
@ysgolcynwydsant @TurnipStarfish melys, moes, mwy Ardderchog! #creativelearning
Dr Glenda Jones. Creative Agent, Lead Creative Schools. 6/2/17
Hannah Davies - 25/01/2017
Community Youth Offer Co-ordinator (YEPS)
Since 2010, the courses facilitated by Turnip Starfish have played an integral part in the extra-curricular provision offered by Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Youth Engagement and Participation Service... I worked directly with Turnip Starfish as the e3+ Co-ordinator of Treorchy Comprehensive School and the Youth Participation Officer at Ysgol Llanhari... Nick Price and Lexy Jones have inspired and enthused young people, delivering significant results along the way, including increasing self-esteem, improving basic key skills and giving young people a platform to express themselves. I strongly recommend Turnip Starfish
Caroline Wool - 24/01/2017
Community Youth Offer Co-ordinator (YEPS)
Turnip Starfish has been an integral part of the Youth Engagement and Participation Service extra curriculum programme for the past 8 years. As E3+ Co-ordinator and subsequently Youth Participation Officer at Y Pant School, I have had the pleasure of working with Turnip Starfish throughout this period. They are consummate professionals, who bring a fun and engaging atmosphere to their workshops, that ensures young people’s continued participation... I look forward to a long continued working relationship with Turnip Starfish and would highly recommend, without reservation, their service to any organisation.
@TurnipStarfish Caleb had a fab day, thanks. He says "Nick is like a really cool grown up who remembers he was a kid once." Love that.
Claire Hill - twitter, 21-01-17
Liam Jones - 19/01/2017
Youth Re-engagement Officer (YEPS)
Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive
Turnip Starfish are truly a great company to work with, they go above and beyond to make sure every session has full numbers no matter what day the activity is on... Turnip Starfish have been working with myself for nearly two years and not once have they been late or without the appropriate equipment for the session. They really have been a pleasure to work with and I know without them in my school participation numbers would drop quite considerably.
Also just wanted to say what a great job you and Lexy do with the kids. [She] really loves going and she's made some lovely new friends too.
Cathy Hill - e-mail, 13-12-16
The thank you card made by young people from Ysgol Llanhari for Lexy. November 2016
@TurnipStarfish Thanks so much, the girls learned so much today and really enjoyed it!
Eva Savage, 19 November 2016
Turnip Starfish have delivered a wide range of comic book and animation projects for Literature Wales, specifically in areas of high deprivation, where young people may not have had much access to cultural activities. As part of the South Wales Literature Project they have delivered projects with young carers in Caerphilly, Merthyr youth group, Cowbridge Comprehensive School, a group with Special Needs in Torfaen and ran a series of animation and Warhammer workshops at the Space, Time Machine and Monster Sci Fi festival at the Riverfront, Newport.
They have also run highly popular and successful workshops as part of Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival and most recently a graphic novel project with young carers in Rhondda Cynon Taf as part of Literature Wales Invent Your Event Chapter 3 projects, celebrating the life of Roald Dahl.
The Turnip starfish staff are highly experienced in engaging with a wide range of young people and always deliver projects to the highest standards with professional outcomes.
Community Participation Manager - Literature Wales
Hi Nick, thank you both so much for the animation workshops! Such a fantastic experience for the kids to learn from and work with such talented professional animators.
Rory (Year 6 teacher, St John Lloyd primary) June 2016
I worked with Nick and Lexy as part of the Arts Council of Wales' Lead Creative Schools Programme. As part of the programme they were matched with Whitchurch Primary School working with a class in Year 5 on a literacy project. They created inspiring and creative sessions for the young people, allowing them to have first hand experience of industry standard production. Nick and Lexy were a pleasure to work and their approach to creativity and learning is refreshing and fun! I'd highly recommend them.
Producer, Yellow Brick (Creative Agent) - June 2016
First Campus, the South East Wales Reaching Wider partnership, raises the aspirations and Higher Education awareness of learners through activities and workshops which take place at Higher Education institutions.
First Campus has worked with TurnipStarfish for 12 years over which time the provision offered has developed significantly.
TurnipStarfish are unique, professional animators providing a real experience of the animation industry from the equipment used to the processes taught. All their staff are working artists, professional animators, and qualified teachers. The courses and workshops delivered support the young people through inspirational delivery and expert knowledge of the industries requirements which supports portfolio development for applications and routes into Higher Education.
TurnipStarfish bring the necessary skills, attitude and equipment to deliver a first class course/workshop. We are privileged to work with such industry professionals to impart the knowledge, skills and pathways required by the creative industry sector.
First Campus Manager
University of South Wales
Bobby had a great time and was very enthused to draw. (Saturday workshops)
Thanks so much
Romy Wood - e-mail 20/06/2016
We absolutely loved the workshop, thank you so much! I haven't seen the adolescents that focused in ages (if ever)! They enjoyed the day so much and you and Nick were fantastic with the group. It's the first arts and crafts themed adolescent group we've had and I think they were really proud of what they achieved. Thank you once again! Anna Bowyer (Ty Hafan) 13/05/16
Turnip Starfish led truly creative and engaging sessions with pupils at Whitchurch Primary School as part of our Lead Creative School status. They inspired pupils to produce an excellent digital animation in a fun and exciting way.
Chris Newcombe, Deputy Headteacher, Whitchurch Primary School, Cardiff. May 2016.
Turnip Starfish were a pleasure to work with. They are professional, bags of fun and above all, inspirational to young people.
Sean Jones. Year 5 teacher, Whitchurch Primary School, Cardiff. May 2016.
Turnip Starfish were great collaborators and worked wonderfully with both teacher and pupils. They were professional, skilled and creative. It has been a real pleasure to work with them.
Rhian Hutchings. Creative Agent, Lead Creative Schools. 12/5/16
Class 3 loved designing and animating today with @TurnipStarfish
Rhigos Primary - 09/05/2016
Thank you both very much for the workshops this week. The children absolutely loved working with you. Turnip Starfish have helped us bring our topics to life through creating innovative and imaginative animations with our pupils.
James Protheroe. Darran Park Primary School - May 2016
Thanks for a great event yesterday!! It was superb.
Rhian Hutchings. Creative Agent, Lead Creative Schools - April 2016
Thank you cards from Kitchener Primary School April 2016
Thank you cards from Twyn Primary School - April 2016
My son and daughter had a brilliant time at your animation workshop in the Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn! Thanks very much!
Claire Thapa - 7/11/15
Thank you so much for everything you and your team are doing - you have really fired up (my daughters) imagination and ambition, and installed in her a confidence.
Yvette Levvy – 12/05/2015
The Manga Workshop was fantastic. The guys are all still buzzing and really want me to set up a regular animation group. The content was perfect and Lexy was so flexible and truly knowledgeable on all the different forms of animation that the guys are interested in... Huge Thank you to you and Lexy and we hope to see her again soon. Heather McDowall - 11 Mar 2015. Barnardo’s.
We met you at Comic Con on Sunday and my daughter, Liv, has been really inspired by Lexi's book and has started writing her own little tutorials! Fiona Stirling 24/03/15
Thanks so much to you both for an amazing workshop.
Deborah Jones - 30 Jan 2015
Lecturer in Art & Design. The College Merthyr Tydfil
Hi nick am doing great in university all thanks too you guys... if they ask for recommendations I will say your company. Lauren Dix - face book - 27/01/2015
I had my interview yesterday (Degree in Animation, University of South Wales) and my offer email came through today, I just wanted to thank you for all the support and advice you and the team have given me since I met you.
I will keep my eye out for any more of your courses and hopefully we will meet again soon.
All the best (and again thank you!)
Cerys - e-mail - 15/01/2015
Ceri Ann Howells – 5 star - My daughter had a fantastic time @ the manga workshop in Cardiff on Saturday she hasn't stopped drawing 'hands' since! Thank you & look forward to seeing you again at your next workshop x merry Christmas x
Awesome! Nice to see something me and my friends have created in school! Really enjoyed and looking forward for the first term of 2015! Merry Christmas! 15/12/2014
We would LOVE to have you guys back!!!
Also-Life Drawing is a must! Nick was super brilliant
Katherine Keeble-Buckle. lecturer in Art & Design. Cardiff and Vale College. 6 Oct 2014
Thank you so much for yesterday, the feedback that we had from the students was fantastic. They also commented on the teaching and said that they enjoyed your energetic approach to working. The work that they have produced will not only be valuable for the portfolio but for improving their drawing skills.
Jessica Roberts - 15 Oct 2014
Lecturer in Art & Design. Coleg y Cymoedd
@TurnipStarfish i was at one of your live drawing classes in college about two weeks ago it was very inspiring thank you #btechlevel3 #nick - Cath Haines 27/10/2014
My daughter loved your workshop, thank you, and thanks for putting this together too.
Tom Price - 4/10/14
★★★★★ At Cardiff and Vale College, level 3 Art and Design students got a taste of digital painting for 2 weeks. We had lots of fun and created some awesome drawings. Highly recommended!!! Definitely a must for any creative! - Sarah Hunt 25/10/2014
Thank you so much for the recent 2D animation workshop you ran at the Watershed (Bristol). My son loved it. Are you running anything else in Bristol that we should look out for?
Sarah Swingler - 28/9/14
Big thanks to all @TurnipStarfish for a great animation workshop this week. Encouraging creativity, banishing boredom. Fay Blakeley 08/08/14
@TurnipStarfish lovely evening brillant animations and music, so much talent. You do an amazing job x – Mrs Bartlett 01/08/14
Thanks to @TurnipStarfish for teaching the eldest and youngest @LukeHywel how to animate over the last 2 weeks. – Steve Davies
Just wanted to say thank you to you all for the Digital Illustration workshop yesterday. Aled had a great time and he's full of enthusiasm. We'll be keeping an eye out for more workshops and he'll definitely be online using the tutorials.
Karyn Williams - Sent:
Sat, 9 Aug 2014 - email
My son and nephew have been attending your work shop for the last 2 weeks at caerleon campus. I would like to say how much they have both enjoyed it and have wanted to go every day and the staff caring and teaching them, have been wonderful with them. I've looked at your website and most of your courses are in Cardiff, I hope in the future that you can do more in Newport. So thank you for having them both.
Thanks very much for the great animation course at Whitchurch High School today. Had a great time and the adults were lovely. Hope to do another course again! - Hannah Deards 10/07/2014
I just want to thank you for your workshop at Ystrad today as it has inspired me to start drawing again - Rebekah Lloyd 11/06/14
Once again your drawing lesson was a huge success and its effect on the students learning was quite clear. Since your session the students have been directly applying the drawing techniques to their Final Major Projects. They thoroughly enjoy your session and I only wish we could have you more often.
Once again thank you
Course leader. L3 BTEC Art & Design Extended Diploma. Coleg y Cymoedd
1 May 2014
My son loved the animation session, can't wait for the next one ... - Lianna Smith 20/03/14
The team were a pleasure to work with and always so flexible – essential when working in a primary school. The DVD was based entirely on children’s work, which not only gets the message across more effectively but also boosts self-esteem. I would thoroughly recommend this company should an opportunity arise to work on a similar project at this or any other school. (Ruth Jackson, Head teacher, St Mary the Virgin Church in Wales Primary, Butetown, Cardiff)
I strongly recommend Turnip Starfish as a company, as it works very effectively with young people by engaging them fully in the filmmaking process, delivering significant results along the way, including increasing self-esteem, improving basic key skills and giving young people a platform to express themselves. (Hannah Davies e3+ Co-ordinator Treorchy Comprehensive School)
These workshops successfully exhibit the ability to engage, communicate, educate and inspire young people. Nick’s natural enthusiasm for both the subject and raising aspirations of young people are key to the company’s growing success in this area, as exhibited in the work these groups produce.(Peter Hodges, Head of Division, Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales)
5 star, amazing animation, best animation company ever, the person that teaches me (LEXY) is amazing I would give her 5 stars alone. She's so nice, caring, beautiful, colourful hair literally it's rainbow coloured, and just fantastic she respects everyone and their opinions she's just FANTASTIC!¡! - Eleri Gough 04/12/13