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Animation in all its forms is one of the most popular creative careers that interests our students these days. From hand-drawn animation, to stop-motion animation, to animation used to create videos games, there are endless possibilities when it comes to studying this dynamic art form. Learn about the many aspects of animation through this collection of videos highlighting a range of animation artists. With this collection, you can learn about the history of animation in popular culture, and get tips on how to start your career as an animator.

  • The Art of Animation and Motion Graphics | Off Book

    Animation has been captivating audiences for more than a hundred years. From classic forms like hand drawn and stop-motion, to cutting-edge techniques like motion graphics and CGI, animation has a long history of creating style and poetry unachievable through live action filmmaking. It is a tool for educating, a place for experimentation and play, and a way of telling personal stories. This Off Book video provides a fascinating look into this art form.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Animated GIFs | Off Book

    Off Book explores the visual artistry of one of the oldest image formats used on the web: the animated Graphics Interchange Format. Throughout their history, GIFs have served a variety of purposes, from functional to entertaining. In this episode of Off Book, we chart the history of GIF, explore the hotbed of GIF creativity on Tumblr, and talk to two teams of GIF artists who are reshaping the format with powerful new visual experiences.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make an Animated GIF

    Learn how to make an animated GIF with this video from KQED. The animated gif (also pronounced jiff) is a type of file that has been around for a long time, but has seen a recent resurgence in popularity.  GIFs can be treated like still images in the way that they are uploaded and shared. However, they are animated, so they can behave like tiny looping videos or slideshows. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Frame By Frame: The Art of Stop Motion | Off Book

    The magic of stop-motion animation has enthralled audiences for over a century, but with the advent of computer graphics, many thought it was at risk of extinction. Yet despite these fears, animators continue to create unique stories out of physical materials, including clay, sand, paint, puppets, or people. The amount of time and meticulous effort these animators commit makes stop-motion impressive and refreshingly organic, and have driven the art form's resurgence in film, commercials, and on the Internet.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Animated Filmmaker Kirsten Lepore

    Kirsten Lepore is an artist and filmmaker who works with different animation techniques, including stop-motion animation and claymation. With these videos, learn more about the intentions behind her food-focused film, the unusual materials she works with to create her projects, and why she loves the laborious process of stop-motion animation. Lepore also demonstrates the basics of shooting a stop-motion animation film.

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    Grades: 3-12
  • Sanjay Patel: Visual Arts and Animation

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet Sanjay Patel, a supervising animator and storyboard artist at Pixar. He also has created a series of work that draws on his Indian background, illustrating adaptations of ancient Hindu epics.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Gifs + Videos = Zeega

    Zeega is a new platform for organizing media from around the Internet to create interactive stories about anything in the world. From crazy cats to remixed popular film clips, Zeega enables users to practice the craft of storytelling in a new, dynamic, digital way. In the latest episode of Art School, Zeega's creators talk about this new tool and the inspiration behind its name, then demonstrate how create your own Zeega using GIFs from the Internet, original content, music and text.

    Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Experimental Animation and Abstraction with Jodie Mack

    Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who makes colorful, abstract films with a vintage Bolex film camera. Tag along as she works on a new project in San Francisco and talks about her process.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • The Intimate, Indispensable GIF | The Art Assignment

    Artist Toyin Odutola takes a new stance on portraiture, bringing a novel and ingenous approach to the classic art technique. Through this video, learn how culture and identity can be the driving inspiration for intimate artistic creation, and how a new emerging medium—the animated GIF—can be used to reflect these classic, high-cultured ideas. See how the history of the GIF and early cinema animation reflects a significant evolution in early 20th Century portraiture.

    Grades: 6-12

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