39min beginner

You can start animating today, even if all you can draw are stick figures. In this kid-friendly class, flip book artist Amy Pirkle shows you how to create an animated flip book, step by step. All you need is a pencil, some note cards, and your imagination!

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Introduction to Animation
1. Episode: Introduction to Animation
3min

Amy kicks things off by giving a brief introduction to the art of animation. You'll see how animating with flip books is a great way to start your artistic journey and bring your drawings to life.

Give It a Shot
2. Episode: Give It a Shot
9min

Okay, enough introduction. Let’s make a flip book! Get started by tapping into what Amy calls your "imagination animation intuition." Then, grab a marker or pencil and some white notecards (a sticky note pad also works) and let your imagination run wild. Afterwards, Amy shows off some sample flip books (made here at Bluprint!) and goes over the tools of the trade.

Squash & Stretch
3. Episode: Squash & Stretch
9min

Explore one of the most important animation techniques, the squash and stretch. It creates the illusion of flexibility, weight, speed and momentum. Apply your skills as your start your first flip book project: a classic bouncing ball.

Anticipation
4. Episode: Anticipation
6min

Amy talks about anticipation: the movement and/or motion that informs viewers about an action before it takes place (e.g. moving your leg back to kick a soccer ball). After sharing some fun examples, Amy shows you how to animate a bottle rocket that's about to blast off.

Secondary Action
5. Episode: Secondary Action
4min

Now turn your attention to secondary animation. This technique is about adding more frames to an object's movement to make it look more realistic. For example, hair blowing in the wind as someone runs. Practice your skills as you learn how to add fur to that bouncing ball from the previous lesson.

Exaggeration
6. Episode: Exaggeration
9min

Finally, discover the importance of using exaggeration in animation. Exaggerating movements helps communicate what you're trying to show. Look at some real-life examples, and then dive into your final project: a flower wilting in the sun that is brought back to life by a raincloud.

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Amy Pirkle

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