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Art Shop

Simple Animation Workshop

Tune in for this animation workshop with Sam as she takes you step by step through the process of making your own animation, flipbook style! Sam will show you how to construct your own flipbook, build your own lightbox for tracing, and you learn the techniques of animation.

Please send us a photo or two of creations when you are finished artshop@spyhop.org or tag us #spyhopartshop on social media.If you have any questions feel free to email our team!

Part 1

Tune in for this on-going video series with Sam as she takes you step by step through the process of making your own animation, flipbook style! This first video starts with the basics of how to construct your flipbook. 

Materials and Downloads Needed:

  • Computer
  • Camera (the camera on a phone will work!)
  • Pencil or pen
  • Note cards, or paper cut into the same sized rectangles
  • Alligator clips or paper clips or a stapler

Part 2

In this lesson, Sam takes you step by step through the process of building your own lightbox for animating, using cardboard, tinfoil, and a light!

Materials and Downloads Needed:

  • Tinfoil
  • Tape
  • Cardboard
  • Flashlight or phone light
  • Glass pane or clear plastic

Part 3

In this video, Sam goes over some of the basic techniques in creating different illusions in your animations: making things appear faster and slower.

Materials and Downloads Needed:

  • Notecards
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Lightbox

Fill out the form below to access Simple Animation Workshop.

Please indicate the grade of your students and the name of the school and district where you teach.

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Please tell us your grade and the name of your school and district (if known). If home schooled, write "home school."

If you are under 13, please get parental permission before participating.


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