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Stop Motion LEGO® Animation - Summer Camp

Lukas Allenbaugh
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(89)
Make a stop motion LEGO® animation movie in this 5 session summer camp. Create a cast of characters, set, and a storyboard, then animate a movie that you can share with others complete with sound effects, voices, and visual effects.

Class experience

5 lessons//1 Week
 Week 1
Lesson 1
We will start off the class by learning and experimenting with animation techniques. Students will learn the importance of animating with clarity and simplicity. They will receive live instruction on common animation techniques and will be given resources on how to animate basic movements (walks, runs, jumps, flips, etc), specific movements (parkour, gymnastics, breakdancing, ice skating, combat, etc) and acting (showing feelings, pantomime gestures, talking, and lipsync).
Lesson 2
Next we will cover how to build characters, props, and backgrounds that are best suited for animation. We will explore limit setting and simplicity that can help with completing a movie on time. This includes designing an animation set that is a reasonable size and can be completed in a limited amount of time and that has props which are out of the way so they are not knocked over during animation. We will cover how to build background and prop parts that can be animated.
Lesson 3
Now it’s time to plan your final story. We will cover how to use a storyboard including making rough sketches of important moments in the story (similar to drawing a comic book), plan ahead by drawing camera angles to show the focus in each moment (zoom in, medium shot, full shot, and establishing shot), plot development in case students want to create a typical story structure (not required), and how to use limited dialogue so they can match the character’s actions to words.
Lesson 4
With a set, characters, and a story plan students are now ready to animate their final movie! Before starting their movie they will watch a brief presentation that encourages patience, taking your time, and showing detail for each part of the animation. It’s common to feel excited about a movie and to rush the process, so emphasis is given to slowing down the process and showing as much detail as possible. Example comparisons are also given.
Lesson 5
We will cover how to add sound (voice, sound effects, music), title credits, comic speech bubbles, video filters, hand drawn special effects, and more to get a polished look for the final animation. There will also be a reminder about quality and clarity in animation from session 4. During the last few minutes of class students will have the opportunity to share their final animation if they are finished.
Students will learn a process for how to plan and animate a short animated movie that they can then apply to their own future independent projects.  The emphasis will be on progress rather than perfection and in taking pride in their accomplishments.
Please watch my teacher profile video to learn more.  https://outschool.com/teachers/lukas-allenbaugh

I have been teaching art (animation, illustration, sculpture, painting, and digital art) to elementary and teenage students consistently for over 25 years.  My teaching includes 4 years as a public school teacher, 15 years as the owner of the Creative Art Network (after-school, during school, and summer programs) and 12 years as an artist in residence (mural painting focus).  I've also been designing elaborate video tutorials since 2008 for a large variety of mediums.

I love what I do and that passion drives my ongoing learning.  I’ve studied traditional art through Cornish College of the Arts, Western Wa University, and a variety of other classes.   The source of my ongoing digital art training (Primarily 2d digital illustration and animation and 3D modeling and animation) is through Animation Mentor, Think Tank Training Center of Canada, CG Masters academy, CG Boost Academy, Udemy, Skillshare, InLearning, and much more.
Homework Offered
OPTIONAL homework assignments are offered at the end of each class session.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
All levels of learners are welcome.
You will need 2 devices for this class, one for creating your animation on and the other to view the lessons.  Any combination will work (animate on your smartphone, and watch the class on your tablet, etc).

Students will receive specific instructions on how to build an animation workstation after signing up for this class.  If you already have a workstation of your own then you are all set!

The animation workstation is the setup they will use to make their movies and it includes a tablet or phone stand, an animation set, and lighting.  Below are the basic supplies they will need, which will be explained as part of the class.  PLEASE DON’T BUY SUPPLIES until you get class instructions after signup, they will clarify the exact specifications needed.  

2 total of the following:  tablet, smartphone, and/or computer
Stop Motion Studio PRO ($6) - this paid version is required
LEGO® Pieces (mini-figure, base plate, assorted parts)
Cardboard box
Tape (blue painters tape preferred)
Fun Tak (or similar putty)

Markers, colored pencils, or other drawing art supplies

If you want to run Stop Motion Studio Pro on your computer instead of your smartphone or tablet, follow the link below.  To do so you will also need a webcam or other camera connected to your computer.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
This class uses Stop Motion Studio Pro, a paid app ($6) that students can download from the app store for Android and Apple devices.  It is completely safe to use and is child and teen friendly.  This is a popular app that is used by a variety of Outschool teachers. 
This class uses Stop Motion Studio Pro, a paid app ($6) that students can download from the app store for Android and Apple devices.  It is completely safe to use and is child and teen friendly.  This is a popular app that is used by a variety of Outschool teachers. 
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(89)
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My name is Lukas Allenbaugh and I own the business ARTMUUV where I teach art and animation online.  I have been teaching art (animation, illustration, sculpture, painting,... 
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for 5 classes
5x per week, 1 week
50 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 7-12
1-12 learners per class

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