Introduction to Animation:
The class started with students sharing out their favorite animation and cartoon characters. The instructor tested students on what they already knew. They then collectively agreed upon the definition of animation and discussed different techniques and forms of animation.
An interesting point they learnt was that it takes around 24 frames in one second for an animation to run smoothly. The kids were shown some examples of simple animations on the screen with different frame rates. The frame rate is the number of pictures projected in one second. The smoothness of the animation is directly proportional to the frame rate.
Animation works on persistence of vision. “Persistence of vision is the commonly used term to describe the optical illusion whereby multiple discrete images blend into a single image in the human mind and believed to be the explanation for motion perception in cinema and animated films.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persistence_of_vision)
The excitement was building up!
History of Animation:
Next, students learnt about when the first animation film was created and different animation devices that were invented during the 19th century. Students also watched a film on how the first chalk board animation was created.
How to create Chalkboard creations:
Students were given a sample theme to create their animation. The theme was ‘nature’. The idea was for kids to understand the concept of creating a story board. They were given a sample worksheet to understand this and bring out their creativity and imagination. Here are some examples of what the kids created.
It was now time for some collaborative work. Students were now encouraged to create a story board of five frames each. The goal was then to club all frames together to create a single 35 seconds animation, as there were 7 students. The last activity of the day was creating a flip-book animation.
Day one ended with a great learning experience and the level of engagement was quite evident from the creativity demonstrated by these young learners.