Interested in trying stop motion animation at your library? The Learning Technologies switched over to SAM software this year after using Intel Play for the past 6+ years in their stop motion animation sessions. Some of our most successful sessions in the past have used simple torn paper characters with brass fastened moveable parts, 3M Scotch Restickable Glue Sticks (perfect for blinking eyelids!) and cut and pasted backgrounds. Using the restickable glue sticks is key - it allows youth to move their characters in small increments, which is critical to create smooth motion in an animation.

Some successful sessions we have offered in the past are: Godzilla Meets King Kong, Animation Workshop, Monsters and More. We've also found that integrating simple hands on introductions to animation is a great stepping stone into digital stop motion animation. Some of the activities we like are simple flip books, zoetropes, and thaumotropes. I've attached documents for those here as well.
zoetrope.pdf
(This one will take some enlarging on the copier)
thaumotrope1.gif

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Comment by keithbraafladt on August 26, 2009 at 8:23am
Hi - Here's one of the animations from our summer classes. If you click the image it should take you to the animation then you can navigate to the rest of the classes work:

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