Members of the Saturday Art Club at Truro and Penwith College recently enjoyed a masterclass in Phonotrope animation from BAFTA and British Animation Award-winning freelance film maker Jim le Fevre.

The Saturday Art Club members, and their Falmouth Art College counterparts, were joined by Mr le Fevre and by Rupert Johnstone of RAMP Ceramics, who helped them create rotating discs to make the animation possible

Mr le Fevre is the creator of Phonotrope animation, a modern technique derived from zoetrope animation which is a technique that produced the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of still drawings, observed through slits in a spinning wheel. Phonotrope modernises this technique, using a rotating disc in conjunction with a live action camera, allowing the animation to be displayed on screen.

Gwyl Lewis, art and design tutor at Truro and Penwith College, said: “The aim of our Saturday Art Club is to give members the opportunity to work with a professional artist for the day. Members find these opportunities very exciting and I feel they help to trigger a desire to work in the creative industries.

“The Saturday Art Club is a national initiative, and members also have the opportunity to attend a national trip annually, where work is exhibited from Saturday Art Club members across the country.”

The Saturday Art Club members are 14 to 16 year olds who travel to the college from as far afield as the Lizard and Penzance. Members meet every Saturday during the academic year from 10am to 12am, and work with professional artists in specialist studios located in the White Building at Truro College.

The last national exhibition was held at the iconic Somerset House in London and one of the main advertising posters for the event used a portrait created by a Truro and Penwith College National Art and Design Saturday Club student.

For further information on the Saturday Art Club or to book a place call 01872 267030, visit or email