Stop Motion Lesson plan

Age: 8th grade

Time: 5 class periods

Focus: The students will be creating a small animation where they will be creating their own character based on them selves or someone of their choosing. They will be transforming an average character into something else. The students will learn how to manipulate the basics of Photoshop. They will also getting an intro to animation and the history and creative process behind animation.

1. 1. - Assemble and prepare personal media
artworks for public exhibition.
2. - Revise a presentation based on the feedback of others and self-reflection.
3. The students will be learning how to slowly transform something through animation. This will require creative planning.

Motivational Recourses:
The students will be getting a presentation on animating and story boarding. I will show them clips of animations, as well as keep a lot of examples in the room of other forms of transformation.

Art Material:
- Computers for the students
- The Photoshop program
- Scanner
- Cameras

Animation is the one thing every child should enjoy while growing up, and who is known for its Animation more than Walt Disney. For more than 80 years Walt Disney has been making Movies. Walt Disney originally started with half animated half filmed characters in a series he called Alice in Wonderland(Disney 1). He was noticed for these animation and him and his brother, Roy, became sponsored by a man named Winkler. Unfortunately that relationship went bad when Winkler went behind his back and stole Disney's animations and designs(Disney 1). It was from this Disney had to come up with a new character. He decided to start a cartoon that focused around a mouse that he wanted to call Mortimer, however, his wife convinced him to call it Mickey. And from this idea Walt Disney made the first animation with synchronized sound, called the Jazz Singer. Before that film was even released he pooled all his resources and made another film, which would be the first film to have full-synchronized sound, this film was called Steamboat Willy(Disney 1). It was an instant success and that is how Walt Disney and Mickey mouse began.
Animation is a series of images that are put together to make it look like the drawn character is in motion. Thousands of images go into creating animated films. The first Animation that was ever made was created by Dr. Joseph Antoine Plateau, He developed a machine called Phenakitstoscope, which was a disc that had the images around the outside, and when you spun it, it gave the allusion that the objects were in motion(Mosley). In 1872, Eadweard Muybridge, who recorded a series of images to show animals in motion(Mosley). This was using photography, and was not only the start of Animation but also the first steps of the video camera. Using photography in animation was not something that would die off however. It would later be used in a technique called Stop motion, which is said to have first appeared in 1898 in a movie called "The Humpty Dumpty Circus" (Stop Motion Central). Only a small part of the movie was done in the stop animation style but it opened the door to a new idea of how to create movies. Stop animation is almost as old as animating itself. It is the organizing of still images into a sequence that makes them look as if they are moving. Since its first appearance, many other stop motion artists came about. Some of the examples that are most familiar are Gumby, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and Nightmare before Christmas, as well as Wallace and Grommit (Stop motion Central).
Artists like Tim Burton started out their career working for Walt Disney. Disney was a pioneer in the animated world and his creations still have their effect on people today.

Instruction Procedure:
Class 1: This class will begin with a presentation of animation. Then the rest of the day will be dedicated to teaching the students how to use Photoshop. They will be doing a small project to warm them up for the work that they will be doing later in the project.
Class 2: This will be the first day that the student will be working on their projects. They will be given an intro. And then they will be splitting onto small groups to work on their animations together. They will have to choose one person from their group that they will transform. They are going to have to Take a photo of that person and then bring that picture into Photoshop. By the end of this class they will have to have brainstormed and found out what they will be transforming their friend into, and then what they are going to make them do.
Class: This will be a workday if they wanted to incorporate any other form of animation into their video this is the day they have to decide if they need any extra supplies. They should be getting done with most of their backgrounds and character sketches at this point so they can get the project done in time.
Class 3: Another workday. They should be finishing up their optional forms of animation this day. They should also be finishing the Photoshop work and be well into the Photoshop animating.
Class 4: This class will start with a presentation on how to use iMovie. By the end of this class they should be putting pieces of their work into iMovie. Some of their group could be finishing up in Photoshop and creating music in Garage Band. But keep in mind they might get to into Garage band, and if they start getting too distracted you might want to wait till the last minute to let them work in the program.
Class 5: This will be the last day to work on the project. They should just be finishing it up. Half way through the hour we will be presenting the projects and having a critique. The students will all have to participate in the critique as part of their grade.
DBEA Checklist:
Art Production: The students will be creating an animation on the computer and learn the techniques to make it successful. They will need to be aware the process of animating and how to make the items look like they are transforming.
Aesthetics: They will have to learn how to make the objects on their screen move and look clean.
Art History: They will be learning about the history of animation, and the process that animators have to go through to create a piece
Art Criticism: The project will require them to critique each other. Each child will have to look critically at their peers work as well as their own and give constructive criticism that are based on the requirements for the assignment.


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O Reilly, Dermy . "A Brief History of Stop Motion Animation!." Stop Motion Animation . 2007. Copyright , Web. 6 Dec 2009. .

Mosley, Joshua. "Compiled History of Animation." Joshua Mosley, Web. 11 Dec 2009. .

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