Animation: Make moving pictures activity description, notes and curriculum links
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Thaumatropes are one of the earliest forms of animations, first created in Paris in 1824 by John Ayrton. They work by creating an optical illusion of motion, as the drawings appear to blend into one another when spun.
Learners can make their own thaumatrope in this engaging resource developed with assistance from Archives of IT.
Activity info, teachers’ notes and curriculum links
In this activity learners will develop an understanding of animation and produce two different forms of animation.
This activity could be used as a main lesson activity, to introduce the concept of digital art and increase understanding of methods of animation. Alternatively it could be used to introduce or reinforce graphics skills or, by selecting an appropriate topic to address as a class, to reinforce learning of a science topic.
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