Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Teaching the Art of Animation with Pixar


If you are a cartoon lover and Disney fan like I am, you probably are aware of the many Pixar films. Pixar recently had an exhibition in the California Science Center where they taught children the process of animated a character. Pixar provides educators with activities and guides aligned with Common Core Standards with the focus of helping students learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)

While the exhibit is no longer available and not everyone lives close enough to have experienced it, I'm sharing the link that contains the video resources and activity sheets. Click here for the link.

You might also be interested in Pixar in a Box.

It's a series of free lessons available through Khan Academy that teaches students about the steps involved in animation. Khan Academy is also a great resource for Math students. 

Pixar in a Box provides an insiders view of what animator at Pixar goes through from concept idea to creation. Animations are being used in a variety of ways these days, not just for cartoons. We can use animation as a way to motivate students to bring their creations to life, while learning about STEAM. 

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