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Session A: Claymation in the Visual Arts Classroom

Presenter: Dwight Dulsky, middle school art teacher

Claymation is stop action animation.

Take picture, move object, take picture. Display pictures rapidly. Professional quality is 24-30 frames per second.

Why should I do animation in the classroom?

Used with wide range of ages
Uses language arts skills in writing scripts
Practical use of technology - compuetr, file management, digital cameras, video editing
Creative thinking - uses art skills - designing and building stage
Students become media creators.
Cooperative learning unit. Assigned roles.

Introduce to students

Show some exampels - Monty Python - lego movie
TeacherTube - type in claymation - variety of examples including cell division, elementary

Process, materials & software

Form production teams of 3 (eighth grade)
Brainstorm story ideas
Team share out ideas
Students create and complete storyboards - gives plan and direction
Character development - described and drawn, each student creates character to animate, can be human-like, animals or inanimate objects
Characters made out of plasticine clay - oil based non-hardening clay - 3 inch site is good, large characters may need wire armature for support, can use other materials internally also such as padding
Build the set, props and background in cardboard box or piece of drawing board/wood, cardboard is good for background (coudl use posterboard)
Rehearsals - practice off camera, discover rough sports, rehearse dialog
Begin final shooting (set-up - computer and webcam set up on table separate from the rest of the class)
post production editing - using Coreal Photopaint
Add titles and credits
Video editing software - he uses Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 - he would like to get Stop Motion Pro, You could do this with Powerpoint - custom animation - play the slides very quickly.
From that program he uses "Sound Editor" to add audio tracks - it can modify the audio. Include audio in storyboard especially special effect sounds.
Burn DVD and distribute to students.
Materials - external hard drive, headphones, blank DVD's, powerstrips, USB hub, computer with at least 2 HD
Cameras - webcam - inexpensive digital point and shootm, built in microphone, glass lens, some digital video cameras will work in still mode, mini tripod from Staples (camera must be still)
Lighting - fluorescent lights
Art supplies


Took pictures, imported them into video editor and ran out of time