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Animated GIF workshop

June 26, 2015

One of the activities organized by the Europeana Creative project at the “Set Art Free!” event was a workshop where people could make animated GIFs. As the event took place at the National Gallery of Denmark, the animations were made using the Gallery’s public domain image collection, which contains a variety of images of paintings and other artworks.

The workshop, which was facilitated by Sanna Marttila, Neea Laakso and Kati Hyyppä, begun with a brief introduction to open collections, after which we started to make animated GIFs using the freely available GIMP, as well as Photoshop. Some were already familiar with making GIFs, while others were eager to learn how to make them for the first time. You can find below the animations created in the one-afternoon workshop. The animations were also shown later in the evening on the main screen of the “Set Art Free!” event. We dearly thank all the workshop participants for their great GIFs and for the nice workshop atmosphere!

If you are also interested in making animated GIFs using public domain content, you can submit them in our other blog. And if you are looking for source materials, you can find for example on the Public Domain Review website plenty of wonderful public domain images and videos, as well as some animated GIFs.


Filip Vest: “Clouds”
Source: Johan Thomas Lundbye (1818-48) Zealand Landscape. Open Country in North Zealand, 1842


Sources: Carl Bloch (1834-90), In a Roman Osteria, 1866
Martinus Rørbye, The Prison of Copenhagen, 1831



Sources: Vilhelm Hammershøi, The Artist’s Easel, 1910 
Johann Salomon Wahl, Gerhard Morell, Curator of the Royal Danish Kunstkammer


A Danish Harvester, collecting the grain.
Sources: Harald Slott-Møller, Danish Landscape, 1891
Laurits Andersen Ring, Harvest, 1885


Sources: Felice Boselli, Skinned Head of a Young Bull
Lucas Cranach the Elder (c. 1472-1553), The Judgement of Paris, 1527


Sources: Harald Giersing (1881-1927), The Judgement of Paris, 1909
C.W. Eckersberg (1783-1853), The Russian Ship of the Line “Asow” and a Frigate at Anchor in the Roads of Elsinore, 1828

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