Thanks to Scott Trudeau over at the Adobe Education Leaders Blog, I learned about 2009 Rotoscope – a rotoscoping collaborative Animation project. Here’s last year project. Rotoball 2008 from The Carrot Revolution on Vimeo. I learned about rotoscoping from Chuck Laiti, an art teacher from […]
Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Enjoy! (embedded movies deleted – took too long to load) christmas-project merry-christmas-flash-by-chris christmas-scene-by-katja snowman-by-gabby angelic-christmas-by-kelly winter-scene-by-neil
My instructor, Chuck Laiti, is a graphic arts teacher at Tigard High School. Chuck has showed us some interesting ways to to introduce Flash to students with some easy and challenging activities. We started with the traditional “make the ball bounce” but with a twist – include ActionScript to start and stop the ball. Also include a shadow as the ball nears the ground. Its a great addition to that activity.
Next we assembled body parts of a cave man to make a walking character. The lesson and pieces can be found here.
Then Chuck shared how he incorporates some lessons of early film techniques as we learn about Rotoscope – which is basically traced animation. I traced the various steps of a walking sequence and then created an animated graphic that keeps walking over and over again.
Next we learned how to make a basic flash webpage with rollover buttons that display icons for flash movies. This was quite challenging for me since I really don’t know ActionScript.
I looked online for photo sequences of skateboarders and found a 16 frame shot of a jump and created this simple movie: skateboard_final. Next I will try a longer sequence and see if I can find a video sequence to use as a basis – somethings that loops continuously.
I’m glad I came to this class. It definitely opened my eyes to other ideas and activities that I can use in my graphic design class. Now to purchase ActionScript 3.0 for Dummies and begin reading.
My educational schooling has taught me that differentiating instruction means “creating multiple paths so that students of different abilities, interest or learning needs experience equally appropriate ways to absorb, use, develop and present concepts as a part of the daily learning process.” Never before have […]
This week I am teaching a Flash animation camp for kids 10-15 sponsored by OETC . I have spent most of the day pondering my goals and looking over the proposed curriculum that I designed last May. More than any technique or skill mastery, I want these students to be creative, to feel competent that they can succeed and have fun!! This is not school – there is no grade, no evaluation or “assignments” to do. This is summer camp and the week is all about exploring, sharing, learning from each other, laughing, having fun and making “cool” flash animations.
I am bringing out my pirate hat, disco music and my favorite flash movies. Technology is fun. Flash is “wicked sweet” (as quoted by anonymous teenager).
Let the fun begin!