The stop motion lesson went very well. I got there a half an hour early to set up every thing, and arrange the background and supplies. The clay and toy parts were laid out on a table for the participants to choose from and arrange while they waited their turn on the stop motion. Four participant showed up, and they all took turns taking pictures, moving pieces and creating characters to be added in the animation.
I set down the basic plot but they took it to the next level and made huge decisions on where the movie should go. They made suggestion on the sound effects, and made decisions that involved forward thinking. The ages of the group varied for 8 years to 18 years, but they worked together as a team, and did not let the large age difference be a problem. I was very surprised and happy with the maturity that was sown by the group. I think because this was such a Kinesthetic activity, it had their minds and hands busy.
Other Things noticed:
- They treated the stage like a canvas and had to think on the go of how they were going to keep their composition balanced.
- On their own they decided to build with toys I set out, to either make Models of the creature being created in the video or new players to assist the main character.
- Even with a small group you want to have a side activity to keep the others busy. Only a few students can be working on the animation at a time.
- Don't take to much control, it will prevent them from making artistic choices and you could be missing out on great insight from their imagination. Act more like the camera man and less like the director.
- Keep checking your pictures to make sure your images are in focus.
- Show the students the progress as they go, it will get them even more motivated. After I showed them what they had done after the first series of photos, they really began to test how far they could push the animation.