Let’s Get InspirEd!

We’re thrilled to have been included in the Boinx online blog!  Boinx are responsible for the brilliant iStopmotion animation software.  It’s an amazing app that is perfect for beginners and experts alike.  We’ll certainly keep using and recommending it as it’s never let us down.  Please read their blog about us, they’ve written some really lovely things!

*taken from the Boinx blog……

*It’s time to get inspired. At InspirEd Workshops, located in the UK, students get their inspiration from a number of workshops run by artist Dawn Feather and her freelance colleagues. With workshops like film making, journalism and animation, it’s no wonder that Dawn’s students are making some of the best art we’ve seen. As for iStopMotion, it seems that we could sure use a lesson or two from them!

Dawn has been using iStopMotion since 2008 when she bought it to start InspirEd. She did her research and found that it fit her needs perfectly – it was easy to use, had great camera compatibility and worked well with Apple’s iLife software. Most importantly, it was great to use in the classroom and children responded well to it.

“Personally, I love iStopMotion,” Dawn says. “Sometimes I won’t have access to a projector to demo the software, but I’ve found that by giving pupils verbal instructions they can work it out themselves. The space bar takes a photo, the undo feature deletes the last frame and the triangle plays the animation. Those three things are all you need to know to get started.”

Dawn’s projects are fun and plentiful. Recently, she worked with Bic Pens to run a national drawing competition. Children were asked to write a poem and draw a picture of an imaginary dragon, and Dawn thought iStopMotion would be the perfect way to take a unique approach. She worked with children in grades three and five during two two-hour workshops. In the first hour, the children drew their dragon and decided on its traits – was it nice? Did it breathe fire? Ice? – and then they worked in small groups to make their dragon out of clay. They added three pieces of dragon breath from art supplies, each piece larger than the one before so it went from small to large. In the second hour, they created an iStopMotion animation where their dragon walked across a table and breathed fire……read more 

 

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