Learning in the Making: Stop Motion Animation

Ever wonder how your favorite cartoon characters come to life? It is done through the process of animation. Stop motion is one style of animation, and it’s really simple! Instead of drawings, artists use objects to create their illustrations. This week our guest host Bárbara Yarza will teach us the basic principles of stop motion animation as we explore our stories of self. 

Watch the video below to learn with Bárbara. Follow along as we create an animation in two different ways.

To make your own animation, you will need: 

  • Craft dowel (Pencil, skewers, straw, wooden dowel)
  • Post-its or stack of index cards
  • Drawing utensils (Pencil, pen, markers, colors)
  • Camera (or a phone — any device that takes pictures works)
  • Computer or tablet
  • Objects or materials that have meaning to you
  • Backdrop (Paper, table, craft paper — any surface works)
  • Want to try making an animation with a smartphone? If you have an android phone check out PicPac, iPhone or iPad try LEGO Movie Maker
Project Guide in English
Guía de proyecto en Español

Looking for additional inspiration? Check out these ideas:

We want to see your projects! After the livestream, we encourage you to post your animation on Twitter or Instagram. Tag us @MakerEdOrg with #MakerEdAtHome and #stopmotion

Learning in the Making: LIVE! is an online video series designed to support educators and families with accessible hands-on learning experiences. This work is part of our focus on supporting remote learning in various environments. (To learn more, read this blog post about our work during shelter-in-place measures in 2020.) 

Each week, we are hosting a live making activity on our YouTube channel and sharing related resources on our blog. 

We are so excited to support hands-on learning as educators, caregivers, and young learners shift to distance learning, and we need your support! Donate today so we can keep going. 


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