Born in 1940 Sheila Graber gained an NDD in Fine Art at Sunderland Art
College.Going on to take her ATD in teacher training she discovered
at Birmingham School for (s)Training Art Teachers that " Everyone
is an artist in their own way.".and that it was the job of a teacher
"to create an environment in which everyone can learn at their
own level"and most of all that " learning should be enjoyable
For the next twenty years to put these concepts into practice using
materials she,and her pupils, could get their hands on. Paint,Clay,Wood,Metal
and finally ,in 1970,Animated Movies.
was happily divorced and decided animation might be a preferable alternative
to marriage ." In 1980 she gave up her post as Head of Creative
Studies at a large Comprehensive School to pursue animation on a full-time
professional basis. Creating over 60 shorts and 3 series for World TV.
With Fellow Director Jen Miller (business manager) the Limited Company
was set up in 1996.
One of Sheilas driving forces is to use
animation as a means of communication not just for entertainment but
for education and healing too.
Between 1975 and 1980-selection of award winning shorts shown worldwide
Mondrian screened in such diverse venues as the Tate Gallery, Mondrians
own house in Holland,Open University and BBCs Blue-Peter.
From 1980 she began working full time in animation-evolving her craft
in such London Studios as Filmfair and running animation Classes in
Tunisia and Caracas..and gaining an Alumni Fellowship from Sunderland
University in 1998 for "Outstanding services to Education and Art"
In over 20 years she has travelled from "Plasticine to Pixels"
and still maintains that Animation (as Disney predicted) is the "Art
of the Future..and whats more "Its Fun !"
Jen and Sheila are currently running a series of weekly art and animation classes for adults with special needs for the "Brothers of Charity" in Waterford. This is a long term project of 4 years standing. The results are so successful they hope to continue and evolve their work in this area.
Sheila is now a Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland and is writing a book/interactive CD "Animation a Handy Guide" to be published by A & C BLack (linked to Bloomsbury Books) in 2009