Cartooning & Animation

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A Work-in-Progress

Developing a new unit on cartooning & animation; integrating my passions for art, invention and technology.

Introduction:

Cartooning: using pictures to tell a story.

We started with a portrait series:

The format:

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…

Fractured Faces

Added googly-eyes:

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 The 4th and 5th graders made a rotating, mechanical version:

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And a sliding version:

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We played online, interactive versions:

 from y-designs: http://y-designs.com/apps/mix-face/8dc425b2acbf9c68064b8a63eae1ffbc_XL

and from Duckie Deck: http://duckiedeck.com/play/portrait

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The more adventurous among us made origami Face Changers…

For students interested in honing their portrait-drawing skills, I recommend:

The next step:

Cartoons Get Animated

The Origins and Evolution of Moving Pictures

From Thaumatrope

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 flipani

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to Flipbook:

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to Patrick Jenkins

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to Matt Shlian

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We viewed historical motion pictures and animation from the Library of Congress and Edison archives:

The Enchanted Drawing, 1900

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Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, 1906

and viewed a sampling of animated gifs…

Halloween JekyllHyde                            BOO melting ghost

dia de los muertos GIF                 Morphing monster

Coming Attractions: Takin’ It 3D!

3D Technology

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