Darren Latham

Name: Darren Latham

Job title: Art teacher and Animator

Organisation: Blue Monkey Animation

Discipline: Digital Art

Background

Darren is a freelance animator, working in schools through his company Blue Monkey Animation to help create exciting learning opportunities and innovative work through the medium of animation.

He works in a mix of 2D and 3D formats, introducing a range of different programmes in order to train teachers and pupils to develop new skills working with whatever resources the school has access to. He has worked with children from reception to year 13, bringing animation into the classroom and helping to inspire teachers and pupils at all stages.

Darren draws on a wealth of experience as a teacher and creative practitioner, including over 20 years’ experience teaching art and design at secondary school level, and work with the Arts Council of Wales Creative Schools Project.

His work supports schools to cover many aspects of the new Digital Competency Framework while also addressing key areas of literacy and numeracy. He is passionate about the way using animation in the classroom engages and motivates children, stimulating their imagination and helping to improve pupil wellbeing.

Year 5 & 6 Creative Schools Project