Activity Overview / Details
- Using sketch paper and a pencil, draw rough sketches of your
different characters or layouts that you would like to use.
- In your sketches show how you would like your phenakistoscope
animation to move.
- Select the rough animation that you would like to use to
represent your idea for a phenakistoscope.
- make sure all 16 drawings maintain the same volume and size
or your animation will not look correct
- Ink the lines of the rough animation.
- Then place that drawing into the scanner that is attached to
- Scan in the drawing so that the image will become digitized
and can then be manipulated within the computer.
- Open your newly scanned image plus the phenakistoscope
template in a paint program.
- Load the phenakistoscope template onto the computer. The
template has 16 evenly spaced pie wedges which is the location
for each animated drawing that is going to be used. On the outer
edge of the phenakistoscope template there is 16 slots (see
picture) these slots allow for viewing the image in the
- It is a good idea to save your work as a different file than
saving over the original. If anything goes wrong you always have
the original to work from. Also when you are working on the
computer make sure you save often.
- Transfer your scanned images to the phenakistoscope lining
them up to face inward to the center of the phenakistoscope.
- On a separate layer, than the main image, use a line tool to
trace your drawing.
- Make sure all areas, that are to be painted, are closed and
no holes are left open for your paint to leak out.
- Using various tools such as paintbrush, paint bucket or
airbrush, you can begin painting your animation.
- Make sure that when painting your project that the color is
consistent and stays within the lines of the animation
- Work in layers this allows you to have more control over your
artwork and make it easier to correct problem areas.
- When finished, save your project, then print.
- Glue the phenakistoscope template to black poster board.
- Cut out the disk with scissors.
- Cut out the slits using an x-acto knife.
- Using a thumbtack in the center of the phenakistoscope attach
it to the eraser on a pencil.
- Hold the phenakistoscope facing a mirror and spin the
- Look through the slits to see your animation in