Animation in art education: the animated classroom




Pawlivsky-Love, Lorraine Yvette

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Our society is surrounded by a vast array of messages conveyed more and more with moving images animated to seem so realistic that it becomes difficult to know whether the images being viewed are "alive" or created by the human hand. Animation is a relatively overlooked area of art education and educators are not likely to have experience with the positive learning prospects that can be incorporated into the classroom. Whether from lack of technological expertise or exposure, this medium proposes to encompass all teaching areas to broaden the spectrum of educational possibilities of all types of learners, including those with learning disabilities. Students and teachers show an enthusiasm for the medium but may lack the educational tools or, hold certain assumptions about animation that may make it a difficult medium to use within the confines of the classroom or institution. The intent of this project is to supply the reader with concrete forms and ideas that can assist educators in their attempts to integrate art education with different subject matter. Teaching aids such as simplified lesson plans for animation projects are included as well as discussions surrounding the benefits gained through using animation techniques and its historical development. A rationale for its place in the curriculum is a key component. References and resources are provided as well.



animation education, animation curriculum, teaching animation, animation art lesson plans, art education animation, elementary art education