Animation

Animation is everywhere—in our homes, schools, work, and everywhere there’s a screen. During our time together, we will explore the history of animation, learn the language and skills of animators, try out a variety of animation platforms where we will create short animation projects to share on our padlets.

Days 6-12: Final Animation Project

  • Watch Animation Chefs for ideas on storyboarding
  • Storyboard your idea
  • Pick an animation platform
  • Begin work. Be sure to save multiple times during the day, so you don’t lose work.
  • Reflect: Export your animation as a .GIF and upload your to your padlet. What did do? What will you work on next? What could you improve for next time?

Days 4 & 5: Choose Your Challenge

  • Continue with Pencil Animation Challenges
  • Try FlipaClip on iPads
  • Learn how to create an animated GIF in Photoshop (see video below)
  • Learn how to use Pivot Animator (see video below)
Animated GIF in Photoshop
Pivot Animation

Reflect: Export your animation as a .GIF and upload your to your padlet. What did you learn? What do you want to work on next time – continue project, new project or learn new tool? Be specific. What inspired you about viewing others work? Is there something you can teach the group?

Days 3: Pencil Animation Challenges

Pick a challenge below to create with Pencil2D. Once you finish one, share it on your padlet and then pick another until time runs out.

Explosion Animation
Stickman Animation
Perspective Animation
Line Animation
Letter Animation

Reflect:  What did you learn? What did you do? What could you improve for next time? Export your animation as a .GIF and upload your to your padlet.

Day 2: Timing & Spacing

Reflect:  What did you learn? What did you do? Screenshot or upload your animation. Have a type of animation you want to learn, try to find an example to share and link it in your padlet.

Day 1: History of Animation