A few weeks ago I posted about the digital arts classes I’m teaching at the Art Center this Spring. Several of those classes are now running concurrently, including an internet video class for adults, a course in stop motion animation for kids (6-10), and an after-school art program once a week at a local high school.
All of these classes are super fun, and I love the feeling that I’m making an impact by sharing digital art and visual storytelling skills with others. I’ve settled into that busy-but-happy place that means we’re in full go mode. And now, as a bonus, I have some really fun content to share.
The Youth & Teen Stop Motion Animation class is so much fun! It’s super short at just 90 minutes, but that length is perfect for that age group. However, it did force me to rethink my approach to teaching this topic since the last time I taught it, it was for summer camp and we had four hours a day for five days in a row.
This ninety-minute once-a-week class presented a new challenge, but I got some great advice. Simple projects every week – that is the strategy for engaging this group with the stop motion process (which can be slow and tedious even for adults).
I felt that with kids this young, the best way to get them to comprehend how fast or slow they needed an object to move was to have them use their bodies as the subject. So that’s what I had them try in the video above, and I think they did wonderful with the task. I’m routinely amazed with how well the young ones do with animation – even stop motion!
The other youth arts class, which I teach through the Art Center’s outreach program ArtReach, made digital mandalas their first week. I posted a few mandalas of my own when I was doing my prep back in January, and I’ve continued creating mandalas nearly every day and posting them to Instagram. But for the kids’ mandalas I exported the videos of their creation process and posted them to Kids Make Media on Vimeo.
The screen snapshots are dotted throughout this post, but the videos are much more fun, I think.