This is the third year Margot and I have worked on a claymation project with the Grade 5s, and we both feel this is the year that everything is coming together!
I have written about our adventures with animation here and here, so you can see a bit of the history.
This year, we are again connecting with the Grade 5 unit entitled Voices.
Central idea: “Through the arts we tell our stories of who we are: our beliefs, our values and our experiences”
What’s different this year?
This year, we are making more of a connection to Art.
The students have been instructed to select a piece of abstract art that interests them, and use it as an inspiration for their animation. We showed them this delightful claymation that shows the sort of thing we envisioned.
It’s been great to see the diversity in the works of art the students have chosen. We are confident they will be able to express themselves creatively through having selected a work of art that interests them.
This year, we have more measures in place to make kids successful.
Hafiz, the fabulous new TA for art has personally tested the best positioning of the macbooks and the animation stages, and constructed some 90 degree wooden frames to help keep the macbooks in the same position each time.
The more consistency kids can have in keeping their macbooks still, the better their finished product.
This year, we have provided more scaffolding.
Due to time constraints, we launched straight into the projects last year. This year, we have included time to play and learn some claymation techniques. We asked the students to roll a ball back & forth, make it disappear, then explore some other ways of moving. Below you can see Kelly & Maia’s first experimentation with claymation.