Creating a Thumb Cinema



This lesson will introduce students to the preliminary process of creating a very basic frame animation through the creation of a flipbook. The lesson will also reference three early animation techniques and artists; Muybridge, Winsor McCay, and the invention of the Zoetrope. The students will utilize basic drawing and shading skills to produce movement and frame by frame animation. An optional addition to this lesson is digitizing the animation, adding sound, and creating a final QuickTime movie.

Lesson Time

Instructional Time
30 Minutes
Student Activity Time
90 Minutes
Reflection Time
20 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Post-Secondary
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • The students will know how to produce traditional drawing techniques for use in a frame animation
  • The students will be able to create and apply their traditional drawing techniques to tell a story
  • The students will be able to observe, perceive, and respond to their own art work and that of others

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