Students from Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Patrick Kingston and St. Patrick Harrowsmith Catholic Schools are learning about animation and have even produced their own 'claymation' videos. Steve Ivits, art teacher, started teaching students in late February about the 12 principles of animation from Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas (Disney animators). Students worked in groups of 3-4 to come up with their own concept for their scene and then put together backgrounds/stages using construction paper and anything else they could find around the classroom or home. Once the backgrounds were complete, students started shooting photos using iPads and a stop-motion animation app. Mr. Ivits gave students total freedom in their scene as long as a ball enters from the left and exits on the right; everything in-between was up to them. This allowed for all videos to link together in a way that the audience would easily follow. After a month of shooting and making changes, each group video was done.
Next students turned the random clips from each group into a story. Students were able to pitch their idea to Mr. Ivits for why a ball would be wandering through all of these strange places. An idea was chosen, students shot it with the iPads and they had a full movie with a beginning, middle, end, problem, and solution.
Mr. Ivits assembled all of the videos together, added music and each school shared their finished product with their school.
The following is a movie created by students at St. Patrick Catholic School Harrowsmith. All students in grades 3-8 contributed to the video.