Teacher's Guide Series: Animation

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Dear Educator:

Young Minds Inspired, in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is proud to present this newest addition to our series of study guides that focus on different branches of the Academy. In this guide, students will learn about animation. The kit has been designed for students in high school English, language arts, visual arts and communications courses. The activities capitalize on students’ natural interest in current films and the excitement generated by the Academy Awards®. They are designed to teach valuable lessons in critical thinking.

The Academy, organized in 1927, is a professional honorary organization composed of more than 6,000 motion picture craftsmen and women. Its purposes include advancing the art and science of motion pictures, promoting cooperation among creative leaders for cultural, educational and technological progress; recognizing outstanding achievements; and fostering educational activities between the professional community and the public. Academy members are the people who create movies—the cream of the industry’s actors, animators, art directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, film editors, documentarians, make-up artists, composers, producers, sound- and visual-effects experts and writers.

Please share this material with other teachers in your school. Although the material is copyrighted, you may make as many photocopies as necessary to meet your students' needs.

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Roberta Nusim, Publisher

Target Audience

This program has been designed for students in secondary school English, language arts, visual arts and communications courses.

Program Objectives

  1. To enhance student interest in and knowledge about the motion picture development and production process.
  2. To encourage students to use critical thinking as they learn how animators work.
  3. To engage students in an exploration of film as a art form and a medium of communication.
  4. To help students become more visually literate.
Animation: Creating Movement Frame by Frame

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Complete Animation Activities Guide (PDF)

Activity 1: The Origins of Animation
English Spanish

Activity 2: Drawing Movement
English Spanish

Activity 3: Imagining Action
English Spanish

Activity 4: Learning from the Best
English Spanish

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