The DVD is a compilation of several examples of video artist Paul Fletcher’s work applying animation in the classroom. Examples include:
Presenting Information with Animation
shows how to engage the audio and kinetic learning senses using sound, image and animation to present factual information.
Drawing on Film
This project is an old “direct film” technique; actual lengths of 16mm movie film are drawn on with texta colours, the film is then projected and in this case filmed on to video and digital formats.
Flipbook Animation – Metamorphosis.
This is a time honoured introductory, low-cost, accessible and highly useful animation process for all ages. In the first example primary school age students traced their outlines of 6 to 12 drawings focussing on a movement that might repeat itself in nature - a loop or cycle, such as a person bouncing a ball, someone jumping on trampoline. In the second example the students were asked to take the first letter of their name and make it change into something the like.
Plasticine - rapid, improvised straight-ahead animation.
A popular exercise where by a ball of clay is gradually changed into something else by changing its shape and position.
Animation and Visual Effects as Story Starter
This is an example of the flights of fancy animation can allow and a case of taking a ridiculous proposition and running with it! In this case the artist brought a potato into the prep class and asked what if you could fly in this potato? This idea was brought to life with the animation and visual effect known as “compositing”. Compositing is the combining and modification of originally totally separate footage in this case the potato and the images of the school yard, surround town and school children.
Lightbox Silhouette Animation
Sand, leaves sticks, alphabet noodles were placed on a lightbox. 3 or 4 children finger painted in the sand and repositioned the objects before each photo was taken (or frame captured to a computer). This technique can be adapted or integrated with the filming of silhouette puppet theatre.
Integrating Performing Arts in Animated World
This piece integrates animated drawings from early years and circus tricks , somersaults etc, on the footy oval from the older years all appearing in an imaginary circus collaged together from photos and digital painting.
Environment Literature and Music.
Professor Tuan – There’s a party in the leaf litter successfully integrated animation and environmental science, land-care, the making of a rap song, voice performance and recording, acting news show composited into a virtual set.
From the project website: http://www.digitalcompost.net/ProfessorTuan
Invaluable teaching resource for all ages!