We started the session in week one by viewing a few Claymation movies and explaining to them how stop motion animation works. Then we began to develop our characters and stories on brainstorming worksheets. After their idea was developed, I had them illustrate/sketch their characters before they manipulated the clay. I feel like sketching first is such a great way to sort through and gain new ideas!
By the time they got to the clay there was so much fabulous energy in the room! Listening to each group discuss their plots and what details their characters would have was great!
Here are many of the characters produced.....
The following week I gave them blank storyboard worksheets and we worked through 9 "stages" of their story that would eventually become their movie. They sketched and wrote notes covering their story from beginning to end. I'm hoping that this will help them when they are animating to use as a guide if needed. The following pictures are some of the absolutely precious storyboards and more completed characters. LOVE!!!!!