Image Into Motion: Creating Flip-Books
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
Activity: While art forms such as film and video may seem beyond the reach of young students, there are some simple ways to introduce movement into drawing in an effort to show kids how image movement works.
- Have students look at the Keith Haring Web site and its terrific example of a simple animation in motion, and explain the idea to them aloud.
- Ask students to think of a simple movement that they would like to portray, such as
- A boy doing jumping jacks?
- Two people running toward each other?
- A cat chasing a bird?
- An erupting volcano?
Variation: The thaumatrope is an early form of a type of overlapping animation. It is a disc with an image on each side; when you spin it, the two images blend and seem to become one image. To learn how to make one, visit the Web site listed below. A simple thaumatrope can be made with two related images, glued back-to-back, and then mounted on the top of a stick, pencil, or pen.