Object Animation

Object Animation

Learn about “persistence of vision” – the name often given to the way the human brain blends sudden changes into smooth motion. This interpretation by our brains is what make movies possible. Make a mini-animation (a thaumatrope) to take home, and work in small groups...
Pixilation Animation

Pixilation Animation

Focus on the technique called “Pixilation”, which uses live people as puppets for stop-motion animation. Facilitators will discuss the importance of storyboards to filming, and after screening some professional “pixilation” shorts, facilitators will demonstrate how...
Color, Emotion, and Illusion

Color, Emotion, and Illusion

Learn how to create successful illusions in stop-motion animation. Facilitators will lead discussion, illustrated by specific professional stop-motion animation shorts, on how lighting and color are used to invoke specific moods, and how the type of movement given to...
Wooden Wave

Wooden Wave

Dimensions: 3 feet by 3 feet by 30 inches high Description: This exhibit looks a bit like a wooden xylophone.  It consists of a box with a top made of beautiful wooden slats.  Visitors twist one, or both, handles on the front of the box to make the slats undulate in a...
Rainbow Drums

Rainbow Drums

Dimensions: 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet high (at highest point) Description: This exhibit consists of nine clear acrylic tubes ranging in height from 12 inches to 36 inches.  These tubes are arranged in a circle on a sturdy 3’ by 3’ by 12” platform.  Each tube has a...
Light Pendulum

Light Pendulum

Dimensions: 3 feet by 3 feet by 40 inches high Description: This exhibit consists of a low table, coated with photosensitive paint.  Above the table, suspended by a copper frame, is a pendulum made from a flashlight with a uv bulb.  Visitors must crank a hand-powered...