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 Matt Shlian
We viewed historical motion pictures and animation from the Library of Congress and Edison archives:
and viewed a sampling of animated gifs…
Coming Attractions: Takin’ It 3D!
and Anaglyphic (Get out your anaglyphic glasses!)