Developing a new unit on cartooning & animation; integrating my passions for art, invention and technology.
Cartooning: using pictures to tell a story.
We started with a portrait series:
Inspired by the surrealist game Exquisite Corpse, the first-graders folded paper into thirds. Instead of doing a whole-body mash-up, we started with a blank face template. Partnerships of three drew either the hair/hat, eyes/ears/nose, or mouth/moustache. We made layered cards/books with multiple faces…Exquisite Face or, as we like to call it…
The 4th and 5th graders made a rotating, mechanical version:
And a sliding version:
We played online, interactive versions:
from y-designs: http://y-designs.com/apps/mix-face/
and from Duckie Deck: http://duckiedeck.com/play/portrait
The more adventurous among us made origami Face Changers…
For step-by-step instructions:
For students interested in honing their portrait-drawing skills, I recommend:
The next step:
Cartoons Get Animated
The Origins and Evolution of Moving Pictures
to Patrick Jenkins
to Matt Shlian
We viewed historical motion pictures and animation from the Library of Congress and Edison archives:
Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, 1906
and viewed a sampling of animated gifs…
Coming Attractions: Takin’ It 3D!
and Anaglyphic (Get out your anaglyphic glasses!)