The Providence Comics Consortium teaches comics and cartooning at Community Libraries all over Providence and they publish work by kid’s and comic artists of all stripes!
On day 3 of camp we reviewed the animations that the students made on Monday and Tuesday. We talked about what they accomplished so far and what they wanted to learn to do better. We brainstormed ideas on how to make smoother animations, such as keeping the camera and tripod still or marking positions with tape on the floor. Then the students practiced these skills by making the animation called “In Your Face.”
Then the students were given the goal of working together to create and animation that was longer than a few seconds and challenged their editing skills. The result was the animation called “In Other News.”
Today’s prompt was a scavenger hunt. Students were broken up into groups and given the following list of stop-motion exercises to complete:
- Give life to an inanimate object.
- Turn a person into someone else.
- Disappear and reappear while walking.
- Photobomb the other group.
- Float over a picnic table.
- Slide backward across grass or down a long hallway.
- Make a talking hand.
- Do something creative on the playground.
- Defy gravity or teleport on the hill.
Greetings from the first session of Quest’s Summer Animation Camp!
Our introductory class was inspired by “Prank Call” by PES. You can see the animation HERE.
After watching the video we played a brainstorming game that helped us think of crazy creature heads. Then we broke into groups, created faces out of materials we found around the classroom, and practiced subtle changes to create movement.
I read Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou this winter with both the Kindergarteners and LE. The poem was illustrated with paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat. We talked about Basquiat’s style and used oil pastel, chalk pastel, and bold paint to create scary and not-so-scary creatures. You can listen to Angelou read the poem here.
Here’s some documentation of a LE winter project. We read “The Big Orange Splot” by Daniel Pinkwater – a story about expressing individuality and a diverse community – and made dream houses inspired by the story.
The kindergarteners learned about Cezanne and how much he loved to paint apples. They made apple compositions by printing with actual apples and apple- shaped foam plates. One thing the students noticed is that apples are not just one solid color. They found several colors and patterns in the skin of each apple they observed.
Upper Elementary has been doing some printmaking over the past two weeks. We began by talking about the element of line and how expressive various lines can be. After looking at a few examples the students pulled some adjectives out of a “hat” and created a line that represented that word. However, they also had to make sure the beginning and end of their line connected with the lines of their peers. If you haven’t already, you can check out the UE line in the hallway across from the classroom.
After our line exercise we went outside to do some observational line drawing. The students had the option of adding some imaginary elements after they drew from life. Theses line drawings were used the following class to make printing plates. Students traced their drawings on top of foam and rolled black acrylic paint (in place of ink) onto the foam plate. They could then print multiples of their image. Some students chose to add color pencil at the end to give their prints extra pop. Look for a display later this week! – Anne