Claymation Workshop 2: Stop-Motion Tools

CLAYMATION WORKSHOP 2: Stop-Motion Animation Tools

This is the second of four workshop sessions for the Claymation series.

In this session, participants will be able to use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture their Claymation frames.  Students will also be able to use Zu3D animation software to create their Claymation story.       Students will work with teammates to create a storyboard of their Claymation story..  This workshop is open for kids ages 9 – 16.

Students who complete the Claymation requirements will earn a Claymation Animation badge from LRNG-KC:

Here’s a summary of what students will learn in each of the four workshop sessions:

Monday, February 6th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Making Pictures Move: Participants will be able to explain how “key framing” establishes the illusion of movement. The student will construct a “thaumatrope,” a simple flipbook and will be able to explain how animation is affected by different frame rates. Participants will also use digiSTORY KC’s story development model to create a storyboard.

Monday, February 13th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Stop-Motion Tools: Participants will be able to use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture their Claymation frames.  Students will also be able to use Zu3D animation software to create their Claymation story.       Students will work with teammates to create a storyboard of their Claymation story.

Monday, February 20th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Image Capture for Claymation: Students will be able to photograph the progressive movements of the characters and props in their story at a frame rate of at least 15 frames per second (fps).

Monday, February 27th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Editing & Publishing Claymation: Students will be able to use the features of the animation software to edit images, add sound effects or voiceovers, and edit the video timeline.  Students will be able to add title frames to the beginning of their stories and crawling credits at the end of their stories.  When the Claymation production piece is final, the student will be able to publish the story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube Channel where links can be shared with family and friends.

Workshop Fee: $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) covers all four sessions.  (Scholarships are available for kids from families facing financial hardship).  By registering for the Session 1: Making Pictures Move session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions.


Digital Fun at Maker Faire KC 2016

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digiSTORY KC was part of the fun at Maker Faire KC 2016.  We hosted a booth in the “Stage to Screen” section on the lower floor of Union Station. We provided hands-on experience for those interested in adding an action sequence to our Claymation animation.  Lots of kids of all ages joined in on the ongoing production.  See the results for each day’s compilation on our YouTube Channel at these links:

Saturday, June 25th: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjky07g2YFk

Sunday, June 26th: https://youtu.be/l0zBJJoJ6xY

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We also demonstrated 3D virtual reality through Google Cardboard viewers.

Many booth visitors expressed interest in participating in future workshops hosted by digiSTORY KC’s digiKIDS program.  Public workshops on digital storytelling topics will be offered for kids later this year.  Watch our events page for information on when these workshops will be available.  If you would like to be added to our distribution list for these public workshops for kids, contact Ron Green, our Executive Director, at rronaldgreen@gmail.com.

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