We were invited to work with Ripon Holy trinity as part of the Ripon Museums Arts Award scheme. In collaboration with the museum we delivered a 4 day programme of Stopmotion animation skills for year 6 pupils.
This was a challenging project to deliver because the school is 2 form meaning we needed to run each session 4 times. The classes were divided into 4 groups. Below is an example of some of the things we did with the pupils. InspirEd Workshops delivered the practical animation sessions and staff from Ripon Museums lead the rest.
|Class 1A||Class 1B||Class 2A||Class 2B|
|Animation challenge||Researching their ArtsInspiration. Writing up Workbook||Watch Early Man. Film critique. Workbooks||Watch Early Man. Film critique. Workbooks|
|Researching their Arts Inspiration. Writing up Workbook||Animation challenge||Story development||Story development|
|Watching Animation Film then breaking into groups to discuss. Fill in workbooks.||Morphing animation||Researching their ArtsInspiration. Writing up Workbook|
|Monday 17thJune AM||Character & set building||Character & set building||Lesson development||Teach younger class to model|
|Monday 17thJune PM||animation||animation||Lesson development||Teach younger class to model|
|Thursday 27thJune AM||Lesson development||Teach younger class to model||Character & set building||Character & set building|
|Thursday 27thJune PM||Lesson development||Teach younger class to model||Animation||Animation|
To start we taught a simple skills lesson to introduce the children to Stopmotion animation. We started by learning how to animate a ball rolling across the table at two speeds. The lesson concluded with the pupils animating a toy eating a tree that grew out of the table.
In order to achieve an Arts award the pupils were required to plan a lesson to deliver to a younger class. In this instance the yr 6’s delivered a modelling and Stopmotion lesson based on my first skills workshop. It was a pleasure to watch the children do this and it really showcased their new skills and confidence.
The finale of the project was to animate a story based on the Morph episode ‘Portable Hole’. The idea is to create a narrative around something disappearing and reappearing from a black hole. Here is a playlist which includes the children’s skill challenges and final films.
Here’s a little video of what we got up to!