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Re: animation

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NTIEVA Student Assistant 3 (ntieva3)
Tue, 29 Oct 1996 11:16:03 CST6CDT

I did animation techniques with second graders at a school in
Wyoming, but it was in conjunction with the language arts
teachers. We did an extensive writing unit first, then selected
one student as "writer" (meaning we picked his story for its
suitability and storyboarded it as a group project).

Then we assigned everyone else jobs, kept a big
timetable for what needed to be done first, second, last, etc.
Our "paper doll" team created jointed figures and the claymation
team was responsible for facial closeups, we had groups working on sound
effects, music, and lighting. Instead of stop action, we took
slides and used two projectors and a dissolve unit that was
run by the audio tape. (This was the technology available for
us) We eventually videotaped it for ease of presentation.

It was fun and really worked well with the language arts
connection (point of view, main idea, action words, showing not
telling--all the things the students had been studying). In art
we talked about body movement, facial expressions, narrative
art, landscape and interior settings.

Some of the work was done in the language arts classes and some
in the art classes, some after school sessions, and it took
almost all semester, but we all felt that it was a worthwhile
activity for art and for language arts.

I learned some of these techniques when I was student teaching
in Overland Park, Kansas. Some of the schools there were using
animation techniques and they may still be part of their

Hope this helps you!


Rebecca Arkenberg
Graduate Research Assistant
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
University of North Texas
PO Box 5098
Denton, TX 76203