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Animate That! (Getting To Know Stop Motion)

How can you make that thing move on its own? Let me show you how!
Ben Erlandson, Ph.D.
40 total reviews for this teacher
11 reviews for this class
Completed by 51 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Class Experience

Students will learn how stop motion works and how to animate a single object on the screen.
I think stop motion is an excellent combination of the arts, science, math, and technology.  As an art form, it is accessible and approachable to anyone, regardless of background knowledge.

I have been making stop-motion animated films for nearly thirty years, starting when I was a middle school student.  I currently run The Wolfbird studios, a learning-focused animation and interactive media studio.  The most recent stop motion animation, created in collaboration with a dance professor at a nearby university, is currently on the festival circuit and has already started winning awards: most recently Best Experimental Film at the Frostbite International Online Film Festival.
There is no homework assigned before or after this single session class.
Students have the OPTION to download the free version of Stop Motion Studio onto a smartphone or tablet. The app is available for iOS and Android: It is NOT necessary for students to have the app for this class, as I will provide a demonstration and they can just follow along!
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
In this single-session demo class, learner progress is assessed informally, and basic verbal feedback is given, based on what the learner does and what kinds of questions he or she may have.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
There is no sensitive content in this class.


Ben Erlandson, Ph.D.Former College Professor, CTO, and Entrepreneur
40 total reviews
27 completed classes

About Me

I teach middle school and high school classes about learning, systems, and technology, including photography, animation, apps, games, and interactive multimedia design.

I have three degrees:
+ B.A. in Multimedia Arts and Sciences from... 
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