Bring out that smarty pants in you and add wings to your imagination, make the oranges jump and the books walk. Commonly we think most animated movies are made using powerful computers. With so many innovative forms of animation and computer technology being used to create films, adverts and TV shows, some might believe that “old favourites” – like Claymation – are a thing of the past. But interestingly enough, some of the traditional forms of animation are making a comeback.
In my school days, I used to play with clay and enjoyed clay modelling classes. Recently, I learned that clay has a uniquely therapeutic quality that settles and calms children; it retains their attention for hours. Here is an interesting article that highlights the benefits of playing with clay.
Claymation helps students showcase their knowledge using a fun and creative medium. They make the clay figurines of the characters, and take pictures of them, slowly moving them between pictures, so that when put together, it looks like they’re moving on their own. Providing an exceptional combination of high touch and high tech, this motivating process pooled with a creative mind converts simple characters into vibrant characters full of life. Claymation movies are a great way to spice up the whole experience of storytelling. For those of you who are wondering how powerful it can truly be, check out this Super Action Packed Claymation viral video:
Once the character is formed, sound effects can be added to add a realistic quality to the character’s activities such as walking, eating or running. Sounds interesting, right? Children can learn this engaging art of expression at the Roundhouse in the class Comics and Claymation. They create their own characters and learn to draw them from different angles and poses. They then bring them to life by creating clay characters to make their own stop-motion animation. If you are a Claymation enthusiast, please share pictures of your creations with us. We would love to hear from you.
By Geetanjali Rohatgi, Roundhouse Blog Team. Geetanjali is a committed marketing analyst and an MBA graduate with three years of success in delivering strategic direction and planning to assist various companies to achieve their marketing goals. She now works as a social media enthusiast on creating strategies to promote businesses on different social media platforms. A recent arrival to Canada, she is excited to share her unique perspective of Vancouver and the Roundhouse.