Animation by Teens

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 6.01.29 PMThis time around it was our Teen patrons taking advantage of the Studio 300 Summer Animation Camp. Patrons in grades 7-12 learned about the animation art form and made several animated projects during the week-long camp. They experimented with different styles including pixilation, stop motion, and computer-based animation. Below are the results of their highly creative work:

Tween Animation Camp 2014

TweensAnimation 002The Fountaindale Public Library held its first Tweens Summer Animation Camp with help from Studio 300. Patrons in grades 4-6 learned the techniques and history of animation. During the week they explored different animation styles including pixilation, stop motion, and computer-based (using Stykz software). It’s always fun to share the hard work they did with the video below:

 

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Animation Essentials

flash_cc_splashHave you always wanted to make your own animation? Studio 300 can help. We have several free software programs available to use. Also, we regularly offer classes on how to use this software. Check out these ideas.

  • Stykz – This is free animation software that works on Macs and PCs. You can create simple stick like characters and backgrounds to make fun and easy animations to show your friends! There is even a website where you can see what other characters and animations are available. See work made by Fountaindale Public Library patrons on our YouTube Channel.
  • Adobe Flash – This is a professional animation software that you can use to create movies, website animations, and 2D game animations. It works using drawing tools (similar to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop) and uses both vector and raster graphics that you can animate in a variety of styles! Flash classes coming this summer.
  • Blender – A free 3D software you can use to create 3D models from rigging to modeling, make 3D Animations, and it even has a game engine.
  • Toon Boom Studio – This animation software is similar to Adobe Flash, however it is more so optimized in a user friendly manner. This is a great program to start with for making your own 2D characters and animating.

Studio 300 can also recommend other resources that you can use to explore your creativity via animation.

Teen Animation Summer 2013

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This week Studio 300 hosted the Animation for Teens Summer Camp. It was four days jam-packed with animation projects.

The teens started with a stop motion animation using themselves as objects. They took many still pictures moving slightly between each picture. After importing the pictures into the computer, the illusion of motion results.
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Another stop motion project used paper cutouts. Watch the videos they made from these two projects and see the results for yourself:

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Their final project used an animation software program called Stykz. After coming up with an idea and then animating using the software, they added music, sound effects, titles, and more to complete their finished animations. The video below shows the results of their efforts:

More animation classes are planned for the future. Check our calendar for details.