Image Into Motion: Creating Flip-Books
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.
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.
- 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?
- Provide students with small pads of paper (or a pile of sheets of
paper, all the same size, which they can tape or staple together at
the top to make a pad) to use as their "film."
- To make a picture look like it's moving, it's necessary to draw the
same thing, but with a little change on each page to indicate the movement.
Ask students to start with the very beginning image, and plan its movement,
but to draw the movement in small additions, one page at a time.
- Tell students to keep drawing until the movement is complete.
- Once the "story" is mapped out, ask students to thumb-flip the pad
forward and backward to show their own mini-movies.