Stop Motion Animation Workshops
E V E R Y S T U D E N T G E T S T O P A R T I C I P A T E !
“Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”– Albert Einstein
Bringing clay or paper characters to life is magical! Through the process of Animation students will refine Language & Visual Art, Math (e.g. frames per second), Storytelling and Technology skills while exercising their imagination and creativity.
Micro workshops are approximately 50 minutes in length. Students get to collaborate, working in production teams of 4-6. Each team will take a story from concept to production. Scroll down to see our macro (lengthier, more in depth) workshops!
Grade Primary/Kindergarten: Sparking Imagination!
Worms for Dinner!
A cast of colourful, slithery worms on a stage of plates, bowls & cups – whacky!
Chomp. Chomp. Comp! Hungry Dragons will eat almost anything: paper, pencils, chalk and candle wax… !
Grades 1-2: Numbers and Colour
One Fish, Two Fish
With a cast of colorful clay fish students will animate basic arithmetic!
The Rainbow Aquarium
Students will fill a paper aquarium with colourful, swimming fish!
Grades 3-4: Enchanting Stories
The Magic Wand!
Transform a frog into a Prince! A tree becomes a house! What will your students transform?
The Magic Hat!
What will the Magician pull out of a hat? A chocolate cake? A new car? A cuddly bear?
Grades 5-6: Movement & Illusion
Make props and characters transform! A chair grows feet and runs off stage!
I can Fly!
Students will experiment with SFX techniques to create the illusion of flight.
Grades 7-12: Express Yourself!
CLAYMATION AND/OR PAPERMATION
20 Seconds of Fame!
Twenty seconds of Fame requires 240 frames! What type of story or message can you get across in 20 seconds? Students explore the economy of expression that can be achieved with Animation.
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain
Macro workshops range in duration from a full day to a full week. These workshops are cross curricular and can be custom designed to fit specific class objectives or themes.
They are suitable for students in Grades 5 through 12. Sample workshop projects include:
Bringing Clay or Paper Characters to life!
The visual language of Animation teaches the economy of expression through visual cues, gestures and symbols. Developing a story goes hand-in-hand with developing the characters and backgrounds. Stories can be serious or light-hearted, intended to inspire, teach or entertain. Creating Animations offer students new ways to express themselves and express their concerns and interests in the world around them.
Film Fest: Comedy, Drama, Adventure and Horror!
Explore Animation Production by exploring different film genres. The class is divided into production teams ranging in size from 4-6 students each. Each production team will create a film in a different genre. What differentiates how the development of characters, backgrounds and story plots are developed? What helps set the tone of a story? Background music? Lighting? Action?
SFX and Green Screen Techniques
Special effects and techniques are exciting to add to stories and empower the storytellers! Today’s film buffs are often mesmerized by the enchanting and supernatural creatures and environments seen in today’s films. With the powerful technique of Green screen, producers are able to set characters or actors in an imaginary or foreign setting. It allows film makers to defy scale and imagination, e.g. having live actors interact with clay characters.