Claymation Lesson Plan

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Project Example:

Inspired from William Hunt's "Hireling Shepherd" painting

Lesson Plan:

Grade Level: Middle School

Time Needed: Five, 50min. classes

Focus: To create a claymation inspired by an artwork from the 19C.

a. Students will analyze the elements in media arts such as image, sound space, time, motion and sequence. (
b. Students will create original works of media art in a variety of artistic context. (
c. Students will analyze and interpret a variety of media artworks using established criteria. (

Motivations Resources: These videos and links will be shown to students for inspiration along with project description and guidelines. This would all be presented through a powerpoint with links to videos and websites.

Example Video:

Example Video:

Great Website:

History of Claymation:

Art Materials:
Provided for students:
Computers & Software

Students need to bring:
Background material: (Scissors, glue, colored paper, ect.)

Intro to Lesson:

Students will be learning a stop motion technique called claymation. Claymation dates back to 1897 and since then has been used in many famous movies and television shows. Gumby was one of the first shows that made this technique popular. To create a claymation, you have a create a set, take a picture, slightly move your clay and then take another picture. You repeat this step until you are satisfied with the storyline and the amount of pictures. The smaller the movements the smoother the film will be in the end. After you've finished taking your photos, you can upload into photoshop and create an animation movie from there. Claymation not only allows students to be hands on sculptors and builders but they also learn how to use different technologies.

Claymation can be used in a variety of ways. For this project students will be basing their projects off of any art piece for the 19C. They will chose a piece to research and decide what elements they want to incorporate to create their claymation. For example, they could use the storyline, color scheme, style, time period, ect. Their end product should be an inspiration from their history piece and they should be able to relate in back in some way. They are learning about history in this project as well as how to create an interesting claymation.

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