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Stop Motion Videos : Create + Animate with KIDS : Rocket Launch with Patches, the puppy

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Types of animation

    • 3. Animation and Making Patches

    • 4. The Rocket Platform and Ramp

    • 5. The Set Magnets and Shooting Tips

    • 6. Shooting Edit and Close cut

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Class Description

“STEAM”ation is the combination of STEM educational curriculum and stop motion animation. The class will take you step-by-step through the process to make a simple stop motion movie.  This class is geared to 2nd thru 5th grade students and teachers but can be adapted to creative people of all ages. No prior knowledge or experience is required.


Student will learn the basic parts to making a stop motion movie along with the skills needed to accomplish the movie.  STEAM curriculum taught in this class focuses on engineering, math, science and technology.


Movie-making excites kids by giving them full control in modeling their characters, designing movie sets and animating their own story. This interest and enthusiasm awakens a constructive energy. Movie-making requires the skills of an engineer, a mathematician, and an artist.  It is a journey that sparks creative thinking and curiosity.

Supplies for the class:

  • Video capturing device - iPhone, Android phone, webcam, iPad, DSLR
  • Camera stand/tripod
  • Stop motion app/software
  • One lamp or other forms of lighting
  • Clay (multiple colors)
  • Clay sculpting tool
  • A small pack of googly eyes
  • Colored construction paper (1 - 8.5”*12”)
  • Three poster boards (one blue and two green or gray) (22”*28”)
  • Two black foam core boards (20”*30”)
  • Blue/Green painters tape
  • 2 medium to large magnets
  • Aluminum foil
  • Liquid glue
  • Scissors
  • Blade
  • Clear tape
  • A pencil
  • A ruler




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Claudias Classesnkits

Fantastic...1 Frame at a Time!


With a degree in Industrial Design, fifteen years in fine arts and a passion for teaching children, Claudia has spent the last 5years instructing kids in the art of Claymation movie making. Her years as a 3D modeler/animator along with her background teaching children combined her two passions to create a program that engages the minds of the young in an entertaining way while teaching the fundamentals of STEAM curriculum. (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, (A)rts, and (M)ath

“I had a powerful project in my hands. The kids were on a mission to complete the movie and everything about making the movie was interesting to them. When they saw their movie clips for the first time, they had an A-HA moment. It was magical for them.”

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1. Introduction: Hello everyone. I am Tara, Welcome to Ms Claudia's class. We are going to make a short stop motion animation about Patches, the puppy. that wants to fly a rocket to the stars. To make this movie you will learn many new skills from engineering and math to movie making concepts and technology. I hope you enjoy my class. Let's get started. To get ready to take this class, there are a number of inexpensive supplies you will need during. The class description has a PDF document attached that you can take to an art supply store or hardware store before proceeding with this class. Safety note. This class does require the use of sharp objects like scissors. So have an adult present to help. Stop motion movie making uses a lot of technology. One is the camera. There are many ways you can capture your animation action, We like to use smartphones. Whether you have an iPhone or Android, there are inexpensive Stop Motion apps, for just a few dollars. You can also use a webcam, attached to your computer, or maybe an iPad. You will need an app or computer software to use with your camera. You can purchase them online or in an app store. The cost ranges from just a few dollars to very expensive. You won't need anything fancy for this class. So go with the cheapest. If you use a webcam or DSLR attached to your computer, then you'll need some software. All of these programs and apps have tutorials on how to use them. So have fun. You will learn how to use them in no time. The stand that the camera mounts to is very important. Stop motion animation requires the camera to be as still as possible. So pick a camera stand that is solid and doesn’t move. Table or desk lamps work great. Putting your lights on both sides of the camera will reduce the shadows and make it more realistic. 2. Types of animation: There are many types of animation. Cartoons are a 2D form of animation. Legos can be animated to. Computers are now making 3D animations. We're going to be teaching you about stop-motion animation. And since we are using clay, it's called claymation. So how do you animate something that's not moving on its own. That's easy. Try this simple animation. Go to your kitchen and get a cup. Put your camera in your cameras stand, and turn on your stop-motion app or software. Set the cup down in front of the camera. Take four pictures. Turn the cup slightly. Take another picture. Turn the cup, a little more. Take another picture. Repeat until the cup turns around completely. Now slide the cup a little to the right. A little more to the right, keep sliding it to the right in taking pictures. Until the cup is completely off the screen. Take four more pictures. Stop your animation and play it back. When you play your pictures, back all together, the cup turns around and magically moves off the screen. Ta da. That is animation. 3. Animation and Making Patches: What is animation? Animation is the process of manipulating still objects while photographing them one picture at a time to create the illusion of movement. When the pictures are put together, the objects look like they're moving. This phenomenon is called persistence of vision. Before making patches, we need to prepare the clay. Clay is normally cold. When it is cold, it's hard to work with. If you roll it in your hands or put it in a warm place, it will warm up and will be softer. To make Patches. I'm using brown clay for the entire body. You can use whatever color you wish. Patches body will be made from three quarters of one block of clay. Use the sculpting tool to cut the pieces. cut into the following size blocks. Cut one-quarter of. We're not going to use this part. The legs. Take this block and cut into four equal parts, roll them into spheres. and roll them out to be thin cylinders. Flatten the ends a bit to make them the same size. Take this block of clay to make the body, Roll it into a sphere, then roll it into a cylinder, flatten the end a bit. Take this block to create Patches head. Credit, that's shock. Role the three small pieces into spheres. Then roll. The other feeds into his fear. Being to one end into a point. This will be the head user sculpting tool to cut the mouth. Now make it the small spheres into snake-like cylinders. This will be the tail and ears. Uses more piece of red clay to make a tongue, flatten it and place it in the mouth. Take a tiny piece of gray clay to make the nose. Eyes can be made out of clay, but for this class we will use googly eyes. Go back to the legs and use your sculpting tool to make slits at the bottom of each leg. Line up the legs and press Patches body onto the top of them. Make sure they are securely fastened to the body. Use another piece of clay to make the collar. Roll it into a snake. Wrap it into a circle . Use it as cushion for the head. Now, place the head on top of the collar, press down so it won't fall off. Squeeze the ears on the backside of the head and bend them forward. Squeeze the tail onto the other end of the body. Now to give Patches, his Patches All you will need to do is to make small bits of clay into circles, and place them anywhere you want on Patches. You have now modeled your Patches. He is ready for action. 4. The Rocket Platform and Ramp: Making the rocket. The rocket body, Cut a length of a poster board measuring 28 by eight inches. To make the door, draw a rectangle measuring two inches wide by 3.5 inches high at one end of the poster board. The rectangle should be one inch from the bottom and four inches from the end of the poster board for Cut the long sides and the bottom of the rectangle, but leave the top uncut. Now cut one large rectangle at the other end of the poster board. It should measure 12 inches long and four inches high. This rectangle should be one inch from the bottom and three inches from the end of the poster board. Roll the poster board from the end, opposite the door and to the rocket body measuring approximately three inches in diameter, tighten them up to overlaps, and use a piece of tape to keep them in place. The door. Use your imagination on what you want the door to look like. I'm using a piece of aluminum foil. Just make sure it isn't too heavy. You want your rocket ship to be as light as possible. The nose cone. Use a nine by 12 sheet of construction paper, any color you wish, using a compass, draw a circle with a four inch radius. Cut the circle out. Now, cut the circle from the edge to the center. Begin to fold the circle itself until it reaches the diameter of the rocket body. Use episodes tape to hold the cone together. The rocket floor. Use your compass to make a small circle, the diameter of the rocket body, approximately three inches. That means your compass will need to be set at a radius of 1.5 inches. Use the same poster board you did for the rocket body. When done, cut out a circle and set aside. Assembling the rocket with the help of a long piece of tape, start taping the rocket body and nose cone together. Use a piece of aluminum foil to make a silver ribbon. Wrap it around the seem between the body and the cone. The foil should go all the way around the nose cone, Glue it to the rocket and let it dry. Use your favorite stickers to decorate your rocket. Use imagination and decorate your rocket any way you want it. Making the Ramp. Print out the ramp template PDF. Use the template to trace the shape of the ramp. The curved lines and the folds onto the poster board. Cut out the shape of the ramp and the curved lines. Now put the ramp together and use tape to hold it together. Making the platform, the platform the rocket takes off from is made up. Use brown cardboard, paper towel, or toilet paper rolls. You will need to make three equal rolls measuring three inches long. Each row has two, 1 inch slits. Cut opposite each other. Do this for all three rolls. Use the remaining poster board to make a circle. The circle should be four inches in diameter. Center your compass for a two inch radius and draw your circle, cut out a circle. This circle will be the base of the platform. Building your rocket. Place the brown rolls on the bottom of the rocket by sliding the rocket into the slits of the brown rolls. When done, your rocket should stand up straight, Place the rocket on the base into the brow rolls onto the base. Open the door of the rocket, and placed the small circle inside. 5. The Set Magnets and Shooting Tips: With all of the scenery, props and our character created it's now time to put the set together. The background and the floor. Place two poster boards in the center of the table. This will be the land around the rocket ship. Use green for grass or gray for concrete, your choice. Use the black foam core as a night sky. Use the PDF included and cut out the stars, glue them to the foam core. Use the other black foam core as a brace. Cut this board in half and take to the edges of their large black foam core, Place the night sky on the back edge of the land. For animations to be successful, It's very important. To make sure nothing moves except what you want to move. Use tape to make sure nothing moves and you can't see the tape .To magically lift up to the rocket You are going to use two magnets, one on the back of the rocket and one on the back of the sky. Do you know how magnets work? Each magnet has a positive side and a negative side. If you try to put the same sides together, they try to push apart. If you put a negative side and a positive side together they attract. The magnet on the back of the sky will hold the magnet on the rocket, against the sky as the rocket magically flies into the sky. Guess what? It is time to shoot. Place your phone or a camera or iPad in your camera set. Turn on your app or program. Here are five shooting tips to make your movie the best, it can be. Anchoring the camera. It's very important that the camera doesn't move. During filming. We use a camera stand that can be anchored using extra pieces of clay. Focus and exposure. Before you start shooting. Set the focus and exposure to manual, so they don't change when you move your hands in and out of the scene. What is focus and exposure? Focus is what makes the image looks fuzzy or sharp. Exposure is how dark or light the image looks. Composition. Composing your shot in the camera viewfinder is very important. You don't want to position your camera so you can't see the rocket. While looking through your camera. Position your camera so the entire set can be seen. This should be in the middle of the set, but make sure you can't see anything. Off the set like a wall or table. If you are too low, get some books to raise the camera. Onion skinning. This is a great time to talk about onion skinning. As you play around with your animation program, you will find a button called onion skinning. This is very helpful because it allows you to see a ghost of the picture you took last. The reason this is helpful is because you can't see how far you are moving your character compared to where it was in the last picture. You don't want to move your character too far or too fast. So turn on onion skinning. Time and movement. Time and movement is the most important part of shooting a stop-motion movie. The video you watch on television is at 30 frames or pictures per second. Cartoons are form of animation and they are shot between 12 and 24 frames per second. So if there are 12 frames in 1 second of video, how many frames will you need to shoot to move your character from one place to another in two seconds. 12 times 2 equals 24, correct. 24 frames. You will need to take 24 pictures to move your character from his first position to his second position. Your job will be to divide the length from his starting position to his second position into 24 pictures. 6. Shooting Edit and Close cut: Step one. Position Patches off the set. So all you see is the rocket and ramp. Take six or seven pictures. Place Patches just on the right edge of the camera shot. Take a picture. Step three, move him, a bit more in the shot. Step four, repeat this by moving him a bit closer to the ramp and taking a picture for every movement. Step five. After 15 or 20 pictures Patches should have walked up the ramp and is at the door to the rocket ship. Slowly and carefully open the door to the ship. Take about five or six pictures to open the door. Tip. If the door, won't stay open, use a small piece of clay to hold it open. When the door is open, move Patches inside. This will take about four pictures to accomplish. Step seven, start closing the door. Click repeat it. Click one more time, click. Step 8. Take four or five more pictures. Step nine. Tilt the rocket a bit to the left, click, tilt the rocket a bit to the right, click. Do this step a few more times. This makes the rocket look like it's taking off. Now, remove Patches from inside the rocket and set him aside. Makes sure you shut the door. Step 10, begin to raise the rocket from the platform. Click. Step 11. Remember the magnet? Use the second magnet on the back of the night sky board and attach a rocket magnet to it. Click. Step 12, attach the yellow flame to the rocket. Click. Step 13. Slide the magnet on the back and the rocket higher into the air. Click. Step 14, place the orange flame behind the yellow flame, move the rocket up with the help of the magnets. Click Step 15. Attach the red flame to the rocket. Behind the orange flame. Move the Rocket up with the help of the magnets. Click again, click. Step sixteen. Start turning the rocket sideways to the right side. Click, repeat this step until the rocket is out of the picture. Remember to use a magnet on the bag to help you. Step 17. After the rocket is gone, take six more pictures. Stop capturing and play back your movie. Seven, six, five, four, three, two, one Ta da . You just made your first stop motion animation. This class has taught you how to make a simple one shot movie with no audio. However, you can add many different elements to make the movie the better. Your stop-motion app or laptop software may give you the option of editing audio and video to make your movie even better. If so, have fun and be creative.