Drawn to Life: Animation in Nature is a special video series in which I lead you step-by-step through animation art projects that YOU can create, whether you’re at home, learning remotely or in a school classroom… All episodes can be found below!
“Suitable for in-person and remote learning in Grades 4-8! Features Visual Arts/STEAM projects & activities that students can create using common drawing materials and household items. The series is led by cartoonist and artist educator Mike Cope, who demonstrates with fun and accessible drawings using Nature as his theme and inspiration. All videos are FREE to access on YouTube and available with English subtitles.”
EPISODE 1: INTRODUCTION (2 min.)
A quick introduction to the video series, including its purpose, goals and a peak at each art project/activity. Since 2016, over 2,500 have participated in my “Drawn to Life” animation workshops hosted by DSBN’s Living Campus, an outdoor education centre located at Woodend Conservation Area (Niagara Falls, Ontario). Due to COVID-19, we couldn’t run our usual workshops, so we’re offering this special video series to help support learning; both in-person (school classroom) and remote (online).
Video Link: https://youtu.be/dEc-keOVdOk
EPISODE 2: ROLL & FLIP ANIMATIONS | WARM-UP ACTIVITY (5 min.)
For our warm-up activity, Mike Cope will show you how to make “Roll & Flip” animations. These are fun and easy to make, plus a great way to practice the basics of animation.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/-m0KwWLoU1Q
Time to Complete Activity: 10 to 15 minutes (more practice, the better!)
Materials: blank paper, pencil, scissors
EPISODE 3: ANIMATED HABITATS & ECOSYSTEMS | ART PROJECT (9 min.)
For our first art project, we’ll combine “Roll & Flip” animations with illustrated backgrounds to create interactive artworks. Depending on your grade, this art project can be themed around habitats and communities, ecosystems, as well as environmental awareness.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/O1kuBCU0J4Y
Time to Complete Project: 1 to 2 hours (depending on size/detail)
Materials: blank paper, pencils (graphite + colour), scissors, clear tape
EPISODE 4: PHENAKISTISCOPES | S.T.E.A.M. PROJECT (11 min.)
For our second project, learn how to make optical illusion discs based on an early animation invention called a “Phenakistoscope.” A great STEAM activity!
Video Link: https://youtu.be/5N2ffJ5k-6E
Time to Complete Project: 30 minutes
Materials: blank paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, thin black marker, empty cereal box, circle stencil (ex. plastic bowl or lid), wire hanger
TEACHERS / PARENTS & GUARDIANS:
I would love to see any artworks that your students/children create! Please feel free to email me direct or tag on Twitter/Instagram @copetoons. Written feedback is always welcome. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Drawn to Life: Animation in Nature © Copyright 2021 by Mike Cope. All Rights Reserved.