I purchased "Claymation Christmas" from E-bay to show my class tomorrow.
These kids are AMAZING! I showed them Gumby - 2 months ago they would have
thought it was cheesy, but now they are making comments about how difficult
and time consuming the opening shots would be. They started debating about
how "Rudolph" MIGHT be clay animation, but definately was stop-animation.
They knew immediately that Wallace & Grommit and Chicken Run were clay
animation. They are really discussing backgrounds, facial expressions, how
to do certain scenes. I am in awe at how far my middle school students have
come in their thought process. I am planning on having my 2nd graders write
stories in groups during my library class and having my middle school
students animate them next semester.
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> Michal, I couldn't find the free download on this site- it was probably
> right in front of me. Could you please tell me where to look on there?
>> There is a free software program that you can download at
>> http://www.animateclay.com/ that really simplifies the entire process.
>> Another REALLY simple program that I use is the one that comes in the kit
>> that is in several of the art supply catalogs (mine came from either
>> United Art & Education or Sax) -you can see it at
>> http://www.tech4learning.com/claykit/ (they have a website by the same
>> name where you can see samples done with their software). They also have
>> lesson plans AND a 30 day free trial. The kit runs under $50. As for
>> cameras, I use my son's webcam - it cost around $25 and works great.
>> Images are downloaded instantly.
>> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher