The Magic of Sand Art and Sand Animation
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The Magic of Sand Art and Sand Animation

Sand Art and Sand Animation is one of the world's renowned form of art. Festivals are being held in different countries such as Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Canada, USA and among others.


Sand art is the practice of modelling sand into an artistic form, such as a sand sculpture, sand painting, or sand bottles. The two basic building ingredients are sand and water.

Sand Art  Exhibit at Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Apeldoorn is located at the province of Gerderland south east of Amsterdam.

images taken by the author at Apeldoorn

Sand Art Festivals

Sand festivals or festivals of sand sculpture are exhibitions of sculptures made of sand carried out in various places around the world. These events usually include a competition.  Here are some festivals being held in some countries :

Berlin, Germany (02 World)

8th Sand International Festival “Sandsation 2010

The event will run from June 6  to  August 29, 2010

Theme : “Head in Sand” with 20 Sand Artists from different countries such as Belgium, Bulgaria,Canada,Denmark,Ecuador,India, Netherlands,Russia,Syria, Ukraine, and USA.

British Columbia,Canada (Harrison Hot Springs)

Annual World Championships of Sand Sculpture (also known as “Harrisand)

Victoria, Australia

Sand Sculpting Australia Festival 2009

Theme : "Dinostory"

image via wikipedia

Goa, India (Candolim Beach)

Goa Sand Art Festival December 2009

Theme : “Global Warming”

Other countries with sand festivals are Turkey,Portugal,Russia and USA.


Sand animation, also known as sand art, is a term which has two meanings. It is the name given to a style of live performance art, and also to a type of animation. In the former, an artist creates a series of images using sand, a process which is achieved by applying sand to a surface and then rendering images by drawing lines and figures in the sand with one's hands. To increase visibility and to add further artistic aesthetic, a sand animation performer will often use the aid of an overhead projector or lightboard. In the latter, animators move around sand on a backlighted or frontlighted piece of glass to create each frame for their animated films. Caroline Leaf is a pioneer of this type of animation. It has also been intermittently used in recent years by Belarusfilm.

Sand Animator, Kseniya Simonova

Simonova, a sand  Animator artist and storyteller gained worldwide fame and became an online phenomenon through “Ukrainian Got talent”, she was the winner of 2009 contest.

She was born in 1985 and started drawing with sand due to  2008 financial crisis. With  less than a year's experience she joined the contest without knowing that she would win it and will gain world fame.  She uses lightbox, related dramatic music, amazing imagination, and  sand painting skills to tell her stories through this art.

Her amazing talent got YouTube with  14million views

Her winning sand animation interpretation act about "German Nazi's invasion of Ukraine during World War II".

video source

Another moving sand animation performance  "Don't be late to see your parents alive."

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Comments (20)

Oh my goodness this is amazing.

Fascinating. I didn't know anything about this.

I visited previous week a sand sculpture festival in Blankenberge, Belgium. Really wonderful.

That was great Erik, hope we can see some of the pics you had there.

remarkable works of art for sure! someone had done one of a dinosaur on a beach were on last year! my kids loved it and did appreciate the time and effort that had gone into it.

Wow. I remember being impressed watching someone build a sand castle as tall as she was. I can't imagine how long it would take to do what you have pictures. And the sand painting exhibition was simply astounding. All that work for something that can't last! Good thing for video.

splendid work of art...

Sand art takes talent. There's a TV commercial where Vikings ram an elaborate sand castle.

Arts in grains of sand, fantastic!

So skilful and so fleeting.

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Love Dinostory!!! voted, shared

Fascinating stuff !!! Thanks for Sharing !!


I've seen the first vid before and watched this again. She is truly amazing and the music is very appropriate as she wields her talent for sand art. Love your pics, too. Amazing what one can create with just sand and her creative abilities. Awesome article and great write and very enjoyable read. Cool vid's, too. Thumbs up article!

Great photos!

Amazing images and videos...Thanks for sharing...

this post is amazing! i love the sand art...really nice

So refreshing! We need to read about exciting things sometimes.

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Awesome! I had seen one of the sand painting videos before, but it's well worth watching again,and the second one is great, too.

Incredible art work!