Introduction to Animation



This lesson provides a one-hour student exploration of the history of animation and animation terms such as:

  • Persistence of Vision
  • Apparent Motion
  • Hand-drawn Animation
  • Cel Animation
  • Stop-Motion Animation
  • Computer-Assisted Animation

and Explores beginning steps at character drawing and beginning storyboarding.

This lesson could be used as the first lesson of a semester or year-long animation curriculum.

Lesson Time

Introductory 1.5 hour lesson
90 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

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

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will develop an understanding of the types of Animation, both historical and contemporary, and use this knowledge to determine which types of animation they prefer to work with.
  • Students will practice with character development
  • Students will practice with a simple 4-cell storyboard to create a story line about a character looking at him/herself in the mirror

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