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Animation

Animation 'breathes life into something that wouldn't normally move'. This could be a drawing, a puppet or an object - even a brick can be brought to life.

Animation is created when you film one still image of your subject, change it a bit, film another still image, change it again and so on until you build up a sequence of still images. And when it's played back, it appears to move.

In a busy classroom the amount of space used can be quite small, so groups could continue animating during a normal lesson.

Although animation takes time and patience, there are plenty of ways to speed up the process, so you can fast forward to the fun part: watching your work back!

Animating in the classroom doesn't have to be with plasticine models - cutout animation is by far the easiest technique to start on

There are five main types of animation, and probably infinite subsets of these:

Cutout
One of the quickest and easiest ways of creating animation

Stop-motion Model
Plasticine animation and a whole lot more

Pixillation
A pretty immediate form of animation, where humans become the puppets.

Drawn
Classical animation made easy (well as easy as we could)

Computer
Information on animation software for education