Create a Flipbook! Intro to Hand-Drawn Animation

In this three-week online film production course, students will learn the fundamentals of animation by creating their own flip book! #OSFF
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 3 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will gain from the class a comprehension of animation fundamentals, which includes timing, spacing, squash and stretch, composition, and anticipation. They will have a better understanding of how animated shows and films are produced. They will make their own flipbook and receive the confidence necessary to create more animation projects in the future.
I love animation! I'm a public school, elementary and middle school film teacher and I teach about 450 students from third grade to eighth grade each year. I've taught flipbook animation to hundreds of students and have had great success teaching this topic online.
About an hour of homework will be assigned after Week 1 and Week 2, but students may want to spend more than just an hour working on their flipbooks after the second class!

Week 1 Homework: Finish brainstorming your idea for your flipbook and write down a plan for your project.
Week 2 Homework: Finish drawing each of the frames (pages) for your flipbook.
Students will need at least 50 sheets of paper to complete their flipbook. A pack of 100 index cards is recommended ($3 on Amazon). Index cards are ideal because they are smaller and thicker than regular paper, so they are easier to flip. Some students may want to use more than 100 index cards for their projects. 

A pencil, a black ink pen, and either color pencils or markers are also required.

A ruler and at least one large binder clip are recommended.

If you'd like to go "all in" on making flipbooks, you can purchase a "flipbook kit" on Amazon for about $25, which will come with specialty flipbook paper and a lightpad to help with tracing. This isn't required for the class, however.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Stephen CzajaFilm Teacher Based in NYC - Excited to teach directing, camera operation, and video editing to students around the world!
17 total reviews
17 completed classes

About Me

Hello Outschool Families! My name is Stephen and I'm a film teacher based in New York City. I'm currently in my fourth year as a public school teacher at an elementary/middle school in Queens where I teach about 450 students each year. I also... 
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