In the first class, the students got an introduction to the program and jumped right into the art of collaging. The class was split into groups and assigned a postcard of a scene or location which became the basis for a group drawing. The girls expanded upon their scenes by adding elements and structures or characters and objects that interacted with the surroundings.
Toward the end of the class, all the group drawings were laid on the floor and the class was tasked with finding connections and making elements to stitch together the separate landscapes into one cohesive piece. What resulted was a beautiful mural, composed of key scenes from each group and their unique and personal drawings connecting them all together.
In the second week, the girls got an introduction to animation. The class explored the techniques of paper cut-out and collage animation, while also screening a selection of shorts and identifying the films’ key principles. The students learned about persistence of vision, optical toys like the thaumatrope and phenakistoscope, and the key principles of animation including: keyframes, in-between frames, easing in/easing out, and more!
The girls were then divided into groups and assigned an animation checklist to help them explore the various techniques and tricks found in animation. These included challenges featuring replacement, growing/shrinking, metamorphosis, and more. The class was greatly inspired by the animated shorts and happy to dive right into the activities! All animations were shot on iStopMotion, and the girls learned how to shoot frame-by-frame, and the importance of timing and pacing!