For our second project Jillian and myself were instructed to research chalk and whiteboard animation. We really enjoyed this and found it to be an exciting and very accessible way to introduce children to animation. We ended up using this technique in class with our peers to create an animation of a bear turning into a honey pot. We chose the idea of morphing one object into another because the medium lends itself well to this process. The animation was short but pretty successful for a first attempt. You can take a look through the first link of this paragraph. The rest of our research is included in the following:
What is chalk and whiteboard animation?
Chalk and Whiteboard animation is created by adding and subtracting lines and images to the artist?s initial drawing. This can be accomplished on a chalkboard, whiteboard, buildings, streets, and about any flat surface you can draw on. The actual animation is developed by capturing the imagery through stop motion throughout your drawing process.
How did it develop?
Chalk and whiteboard animation can be traced back drawn animation, line animation, and stop motion animation. If you look specifically at early line animation such as Harold and the Purple Crayon you can see the similarities between line animation and whiteboard and chalk animation.
Who are some artists working with this style of animation?
Artist from Argentina whose subject matter is based on the development of man and the influence man has on his surroundings. This is shown by the continual morphing used throughout his work.
Artist from South Africa who is trying to communicate the struggles of living a place surrounded by poverty, crime, and social tension.
Remember that often times you can't re-edit once your imagery is erased so think about how you want to capture it.
Try to capitalize on this mediums ability show morphing and be creative with surface use and interaction with the piece.
Ideas for teaching students
Focus on the ideas of motion and morphing. Have the class pick an animal and object. Explain that throughout the animation the animal will have to turn into the object. The animal/object will also have to move across the picture plane. This type of animation lends itself well to illustrating ideas such as:
-the life cycle
-the food chain
-movement patterns (movement of animals, people, etc)