My sculpture class has been up to some extremely in-depth projects lately. We recently completed some stop-animation projects that took FOREVER to complete...but they were totally worth it! Students designed their productions from start to finish, planning the characters, backdrop, props, camera angles, and story-line. They worked in groups as small as 2 and as large as 5, with one person acting as the "director".
The students sculpted their figures using aluminum wire as a skeleton. They wrapped tin foil around the skeletons to create more bulk on the body, and then used Crayola modeling clay to cover the body. Modeling clay doesn't dry out, so it's perfect for this project!
Next, they had to design their backdrop and props. I allowed the students to use anything from the classroom, including cardboard, foam, modeling clay, glitter, paint, oil pastels, tissue paper, etc. I had an iPad, Kindle Fire HDX, and my Canon Rebel camera on hand for students to take photographs with. We uploaded them into Windows Movie Maker, added an appropriate title page and credits page, and then shortened all of the photos to be approximately .3 seconds in length.
I love how these students incorporated the words with their project.
These students made two different sets for their project...outside of the cave, and then inside the cave!