Video Project – Stop-Motion & Claymation
Students are introduced to video as an artistic and visual language through stop-motion animation. Students learn about stop-motion and then view/analyze a few examples in a group discussion. Each student participates in a visual research session and contributes to the class collection document of good examples of this genre.
Students are introduced to the concept of visual storytelling. They then craft an idea for their own animation, working either individually or in small groups. Students experiment with using the stop-motion technique to create a simple two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional animation that communicates an idea or story.
The project culminates in a class screening and school screening, a group critique and self-evaluation, and updating their ePortfolio with a reflection on this project. Students evaluate each other using the Visible Thinking strategy of two stars and a wish where they evaluate what the group did well and how might they improve.
Class Screening & Critique
Every project is coupled with a class screening of the work and a group critique. Each student will be asked to give feedback to their fellow videographers. They are expected to give at least two pieces of feedback, one warm and one cool.
- Provides specific feedback to the creator
- NOT general statements of approval. Avoid statements such as: “I liked it.”, “This is good.”, “Great job!”, “Well done.”
- Highlights and recognizes the strengths of the video (“names what is effective”). “Your use of color prompts a few questions in my mind. I’m already wondering what will come next.” “The flow of your video makes sense to me. I can see how one scene leads to another.”
- Wonderings, questions, and dilemmas viewers find in the content
- NOT criticism. Cool feedback poses ideas that prompt the presenter to think about the work from a different perspective. “I” statements and the use of “might” rather than “should” promote an environment of respect and leave the creative control in the hands of the presenter.
- ISTE: Creativity and Innovation
- ISTE: Communication and Collaboration
- ISTE: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, & Decision Making
Student Work Video Screening
- The Art of Storytelling Presentation
- Stop-Motion & Claymation Presentation
- Stop-Motion & Claymation Class Collection Document
- Stop-Motion Project Student Brainstorming Sheet
- Stop-Motion Project Rubric
- Stop-Motion Project Reflection Guide for ePortfolio
- Stop-Motion Peer Reflection: Stars & Wishes
For the first three examples I used educanon to add stop and think points in the videos.
- Example One – Western Spaghetti by PES
- Example Two – School Lunches Around The World
- Example Three – Against The Grain
- Example Four – In Your Arms Music Video