On Monday, March 23, 2020, the DME-130 Digital Animation students and I began working from home. The conversion to an Online class has provided many challenges and technical difficulties. Each challenge we have had was definitely a learning opportunity for us. But, I don’t want to focus on that right now. I want to highlight the work of my students as they learn about digital animation from home. I have been super proud of the work these students have completed in this challenging time we are all in right now.
Introduction To Adobe Animate
The first animation project my students completed at home was named “Introduction to Adobe Animate”. In this project, the students were asked to animate a bouncing ball using the basic animation principle, Squash and Stretch. This gives the ball some elasticity and adds to the realism of the animation. The students were provided a tutorial on how to animate the ball using Adobe Animate. Below are a few examples of the students’ projects.
Animated Public Service Announcement
Another project the students have been working on is an animated public service announcement (PSA). The students were asked to create an animated PSA that is at least 15 seconds about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The purpose of the project is to raise awareness, to call people to action, or to get people to change their behavior. The students could choose any method of animation and software to produce the project. While working from home, the students had to use what they had available and lots of imagination. Below are a few examples…
In this project the students were asked to create a stop motion animation using their choice of software, web tool, or smartphone app. The students chose their own topic for the approximate 2-minute stop motion animation. Then, they wrote a summary of the stop motion animation. After the students created a plan and gathered materials needed, they took pictures of inanimate objects and made them come to life via stop motion. The use of music and/or sound effects help bring the objects to life. Below are a few examples of the students’ projects.
Animated Personal Logo
In this project the students were asked to animate their personal logo. The students designed their personal logo in a previous course (DME-115 Graphic Design Tools). The personal logo includes their name and a symbol that represents who they are. The logos will be used in the students’ Advanced Technologies Academy Portfolio Website. While working from home, the students were required to make at least one element of their logos move. They could use any software or app that they had access to. Below are a few examples of the students’ animated personal logos.