Here is a lesson plan based around a classroom with no available computer lab, but rather only one or two computers. The plan is based around a class-wide project where students create a stop motion/claymation music video to a chosen song.
Class Claymation Music Video
Grade Level: Grade 5
Time Needed: 6 30 minute class periods
Focus: The project will focus on the student's ability to artistically interpret a given verse from a musical piece in a small group and as a whole class.
a. 188.8.131.52.2 - Describe how photo-, video-, and sound-editing are used to create
original products for expressive intent.
b. 184.108.40.206.1 - Create original works of media art to express specific artistic ideas.
c. Prove that media arts can be used on both a small scale (group) and large scale (class) to accomplish an assigned task with continuity.
Motivational Resources: Claymation videos found on the Internet used as examples http://www.videosift.com/video/AWESOME-claymation-Kenna-Hell-Bent
Art Materials: Magic Model Clay, Digital Camera, Tripod, Materials for background (cardboard, construction paper, markers, scissors, pencil, colored pencils, masking tape), miscellaneous materials for character design (plastic eyes, fabric)
Introduction to Lesson
Animation is a form of media art in which visual motion is created by using a series of frames. It is produced frame by frame, which allows the artist to animate inanimate objects, making them appear to move on their own ("Animation"). Claymation introduces clay as the manipulated material for the animation process. Will Vinton was the first person to coin and then trademark the term claymation in 1976 (Vinton). Vinton introduced animation that was 3D to a audience that was only used to 2D animation, thus opening the opportunity for more advancements in animation. From this new form of 3D animation came the 3D CG animation that is largely present in our current animation processes (Vinton).
Class 1: Introduce class to lesson with quick over view of lesson accompanied by a handout further explaining the details and requirements of the project. Inform students through a presentation about the method of stop motion and that they will be choosing a song together as a class to make a claymation music video. The construction will occur in small groups, each being assigned a verse or segment of the song chosen. Songs should be split into at least 5 parts to create a sense of diversity, as should the class be split into an equal amount of small groups. The song will be selected by popular vote, based on 3-5 songs initially chosen by the instructor. After the song and groups are selected, the instructor will provide material such as YouTube videos for references and inspiration. The class will end with homework consisting of material gathering for the next meeting.
Class 2: Class will meet and character design will begin. The small groups will be and be assigned their verses from the song, which will then initiate brainstorming character and scenery design. Students will be asked to collaborate on paper and begin formulating ideas for their designs, which will then begin to be constructed during class. Clean up will be expected within the last 5 to 10 minutes of class.
Class 3: Class will meet and pick up where it left off. Character design and scenery set up with continue. A space in the room for filming will be determined and set up for any groups need reference for sizing. Any groups finishing design are encouraged to start filming. Assist any groups that seem behind. The goal for the day is for all design to be completed, ready for filming next class. Clean up within 10 minutes of class ending.
Class 4: Start class with filming of the animation. Encourage groups waiting to contribute any feedback about the current filming (although enforce the fact that each group has their own interpretation). Continue filming until end of class.
Class 5: Same as Class 4. Once filming is done, Instructor will do any editing outside of class.
Class 6: Class meets for a presentation of the final product. After viewing, each student will be given an evaluation based off a rubric, which entails his/her grade for the project. At a later time the video will be given to each student in a DVD disk format.
Evaluation will be based off of a rubric, constructed before the project is introduced. The criteria the rubric will cover will group participation, demonstration of understanding of assigned verse through animation, and completion in a timely manner. A grade will then be given after each area of the rubric is assessed.
Art production - Students will create a claymation, stop motion animation
Aesthetics - Students will design characters and scenery based off of song interpretation
Art History - Students will explore animation and learn about its founding
Art Criticism - Students will be encourage to provide suggestions and praise for their own and their classmates works during production
"Animation." Oxford Art Online. Web. 4 Dec. 2009. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com.libpdb.d.umn.edu:2048/subscriber/article/opr/t4/e74?q=animation&search=quick&pos=1&_start=1#firsthit>.
Vinton, Will. "Will Vinton's History (and the History of Claymation and Computer Animation)." Will Vinton. 2005. Web. 04 Dec. 2009. <http://willvinton.net/history.htm>.