In Media Arts the grade 3 students have explored the concept of animation making using the app Animation Desk. Students first discussed how the use of layers was helpful to keep aspects of their animation separate. They then learnt about the process of developing a frame-by-frame sequence of events. The task involved making small changes in the drawings of each frame to give the impression of a moving image.
The students learnt tools such as duplicating frames (instead of drawing each frame over and over), onion skin to view previous frames, brush sizes and strokes, adjusting frames per second and cutting/pasting part of pictures to move them around the frame. It was a lengthy process that taught the students to persevere through a task. They were so proud of the end results. Check out some of the animations on the Media Arts blog.