Sparks Flew Development Studio also runs Draw for Life, a term-long programme teaching the principles of drawing for animation to underprivileged teens in Cape Town, in partnership with PASCAP Trust, The Animation School, Animation SA and Animate Africa.
Draw for Life was established in 2016 to address the need for transformation within the animation industry. Both 2016 and 2017’s edition chose eight talented teens from a pool of submissions and gave them weekly classes on Saturday mornings covering the basics of figure drawing, character design and digital drawing. The learners went on to complete Digital Canvas Academy’s introduction to digital drawing over the December break. Three of our 2016 alums have gone on to study animation: two at False Bay Academy in Muizenberg with the generous aid of MICT Seta, and one at The Animation School with the generous aid of Animate Africa and The Animation School.