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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan


Created on November 11, 2018 by dirkusa2001

This is a lesson for 9th-12th grade, but can be done with lower grades with modification. Claymation is a stop motion animation technique that was used in old movies like King Kong to special effects. Students can work by themselves or with teams to create a claymation animation. Students need the stop motion studio that is FREE for both android or IOS.

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1. SWBAT to create an animation using stop motion.
2. SWBAT to use stop motion studio app.
3. SWBAT to identify claymation
4. SWBAT to understand timing/spacing.

1. Stop motion studio app FREE in Google Play or App Store
2. modeling clay
3. Cup Stand - View the video
They are super easy to make.
4. Scissors

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1. Students will view many examples of claymation. Wallace and Gromit, Gumby. (5 min)
2. Students will storyboard their animation. (40 min)
Next class.
3.Students will cut out a cup to make a stand for their phone. (10 min)
4. Students will then utilize the stop motion studio app. Learn how to use the app. Set frames per second to 12. Adjust lighting. (40 min)
5. Shoot frames. (45 min)
6. Shoot frames (45 min)
7. Upload movie file to their OneDrive or Google Drive. Then they download to their desktop.

Did the student create an animation that shows their ability to understand timing and spacing. Did they create an animation with movement. Did they understand how to use the app.

Here are links to some claymation videos.

Wallace and Gromit:


Ted Video on Animation:

I find that students may need to try and practice before they start on their actual animation. When they are learning the app try and have them just make 32 frames with the clay.

If students want a smoother animation they need to adjust to 24 FPS.

I also gave students the theme of transformation.

I also gave students a minimum amount of frames they had to shoot. 320 frames.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks
[9-12 Advanced] Students initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
[9-12 Advanced] Students communicate ideas regularly at a high level of effectiveness in at least one visual arts medium

Movement, Texture