The 5-days workshop focuses on developing young animators for chalkboard animation. At the end of the workshop, students will be done with two individual animations and one group animation.
Day 1 started with a brief introduction on animation and history of this art. The facilitator invoked existing knowledge of students by asking if they would know which is the first cartoon film ever. Students excitedly shared all they knew about the world of animation. Later they watched Enchanted Drawing (1900) and Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906),the first entirely animated film, both by James Stuart Blackton.
From here, students moved on to learn about various instruments/methods used for animation and concepts such as persistence of vision. The class learnt about Praxinoscope, Phenakistoscope and Flip-book as ways of animation used before films came into existence.
In the last part of the day, the group had two tasks at hand:
1) Think of a story and create a story board
2) Translate the storyboard into a flip-book
In the beginning of the session, the facilitator introduced the theme, “nature”. It was refreshing to see how the young students fearlessly asked for the rationale for choosing this theme. The facilitator explained how having a common theme will help the group eventually create a common film, which is one of the aims and nature as a theme is, one, relevant, two provides flexibility of ideas. Once an agreement was built, the students started their sketches.
On Day 2, students will be working to finetune their story, create their phenakistoscope and start the first draft of chalk-board animation.
Quote of the day from the workshop: “Animation is an art where a movement has to be drawn and not where a drawing has to be moved. It begins where a live action ends.”
Facilitator: Ms. Tehzeeb Khurana, Founder and Curriculum Designer, Toon Club, Mumbai.