In Year 7. pupils create short animated films. These are shown at the end of the year at a local cinema. To construct their films the pupils must write a short narrative, storyboard it and create original hand-drawn artwork featuring characters and backgrounds. They then upload their images into the PC’s and use digital techniques to combine and animate them. A truly cross-curricular project with an exciting end product, shown in a professional venue! Click on each of the image links to see examples of pupil work from each topic!

Animation Showcase

Pupils write and develop their own animated short film. They design and draw the characters and backgrounds, scanning them into software. They then digitally edit and animate their hand drawn art. The films are completed with sound and editing before finally being screened at a local cinema!  Click here to see some examples of some of the pupils’ completed movies.

Character Design

Pupils use their pencil drawing skills to render characters for their animated film. These characters are drawn from multiple view points to enable them to turn and have a variety of movements on screen. Pupils study the work of illustrators like Oliver Jeffers to help give them inspiration. Click here to see some example of the pupils’ character designs.

Symbolic Self Portrait

Pupils develop their mark making techniques using pen and ink (hard black). They create a symbolic portrait utilising a variety of tonal inking effects including hatching, stipple and pattern. They reference Aboriginal art to see how images can involve a narrative and how symbols can help develop this.  Click here to see some wonderful self portraits in pen and ink.

Naive Landscapes

Looking at the work of the local artist Susan Lincoln (among others) pupils look at alternative ways to develop landscapes and structures. They then use what they have learned to create the backgrounds for their animated films. Click here to see some examples.

Storyboards complete

Pupils look at the work of professional storyboard artists and learn how to break their narrative down into clear scenes and actions. They prioritise the information they most need to tell their story economically. Pupils then draw storyboards in their animation groups. Click here to see some examples.