animation techniques

Moving Image Techniques

The website introduces children and teachers to moving image techniques.
The aim of the website is to assist in the teaching and creation of simple animation films by 5 short stop motion videos and guidelines explaining 5 different techniques to create moving images. The website has been created for school children aged 9 - 13 years old, although it can also be useful for other age groups.
It offers primary school students background information and guidelines to get started in creating an animation film themselves. It has also been used in the classroom to create films within a specific unit and during art classes, and has also been extensively used in adult education seminars and workshops. Teachers use the site to familiarise themselves with the techniques prior to introducing the topic in their classroom, as well as to show it to their students. The website materials have also been used during lectures of student teachers, helping their understanding of the media as well as creation of their own films.








Christina dePian, freelance artist and art educator in Athens, Greece



VideoScribe is an application to create animated videos quickly and easily: with this tool also the unexperienced can create attractive whiteboard animations with stop-motion capture style of drawing that looks very professional.
Seven day free trial available on the site, after that license fees apply for monthly, annual or lifetime Pro users.

Full HD output possible.
Output to QuickTime movie or Flash Video
Create PNG & JPG image sequences
Commercial use of the full image library
Commercial use of the full music library
Commercial use of the full font library

Available for PC or Mac and iPad.

System requirements: 
PC, Mac, iPad

Animate, Play and Learn English with Bubble and Pebble

“Animate, Play and Learn English with Bubble and Pebble” was created in 2010 by Kindergarten students of the Terakki Foundation Schools in Turkey ( The children were given the chance to create their own learning/teaching materials, combining their English, IT and Animation skills, and toshare the result with children from all over the world.
They drew and coloured the two main characters, the boy Bubble and the girl Pebble, the game backgrounds and objects. As the children have been learning how to animate pictures in their animation lessons, they animated the pictures of the digital games, putting together the drawings as frames of a stop-motion animation. The children recorded their voices in English, thus practising their pronunciation in English.

Their IT teacher then put the recordings and the animations together to design the digital games, which help players reinforce the topics the children have learned in English class: colours, numbers, shapes, clothes and fruit. Not only did the children improve their artistry skills and foreign language skills but they also learned how to bring life into the characters they drew. They also learned that a computer can be used for play as well as for learning English, while they also improved their basic computer skills such as using the mouse and keyboard.
Playing their own games, the pupils can practice their English skills further and are more motivated in English class. Although created for kindergarten students, these games can be used in lower primary classes as well, according to the curriculum and the level of the students. This material will be further improved and will be used in English classes in the following years as well as in different lessons and classes. The teachers of the Terakki Foundation Schools plan to create more games on different topics which will be dubbed in Turkish, French and German.

A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website:


Moviestorm was founded in 2003 by Cambridge entrepreneurs Matt Kelland and Dave Lloyd. They began researching into emerging forms of media, and in particular, innovative ways in which game technology could be applied to non-game environments and media. Moviestorm offers an affordable suite of software tools easy to use, that combine to form a full-featured movie-making environment for a broad range of people who have the need for an inexpensive, fast and simple means of making high quality animated movies.

The manual for schools to learn to use Moviestorm is available in the following resource:

22 Moving Cinemagraphs

On this webpage you can find a small repository of 22 very nice and funny moving cinemagraphs, made through a technique of blending the effects of images and videos.









Easy Claymation Animation Techniques Using iStopmotion

Clay animation or "claymation" is a form of stop motion animation in which characters, props and/or the decor is made from plasticine clay (or something similar) so that you can manipulate the characters to "move". If you take pictures of the different stages of the movement and then quickly show all the pictures after each other, you have an animation of your characters' movements.

This post provides an overview of the possibilities of the animation application iStopmotion, you can download and buy from

Table of contents: 

1. Source
2. Orientation and Noise Control
3. Recording Mode
4. Time Lapse
5. Controls
6. Timeline Editing
7. View
8. Composition

3 Epic Classroom Created Animations and Films

This blog post introduces and gives a good example for each of the three broad creation types you see in teaching film and animation technique in schools (live action realism film, stop motion animation and finally rotoscope animation). Each technique features story telling at the core but uses very different creative and planning skills.

All of the films mentioned in the blog post have been created by CCEA Moving Image Arts students who study the course at Wallace High School.

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