Animation: in the Footsteps of William Kentridge Winter 2022

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In this workshop students will work individually and/or in pairs to create “single progressive drawing” animations in the tradition of Union of South Africa artist William Kentridge. Animations will be generated primarily from the continuous evolution of student drawings. Within this physically (not computer-generated) drawn animation, students can insert “stop action” and/or digital animation techniques and clips where they desire. Examples of Kentridge’s and student-made animations will be shown and each student will initially construct a short 10-second trial animation film. The ultimate goal will be for each individual, or collaborative two-person group, to produce a 1- to 2-minute animation, at between 10 to 15 frames per second, with soundtrack, title, and credits. On the last day of class there will be a Final Presentation Animation Festival (which would be presented also at the end of term Art Exhibition in Spencer). During each class day there will be independent and group reviews and critiquing of individual student(s) progress. Shared learning will be encouraged with joint process discussions and demonstrations concerning digital applications and platforms. The materials required are either an iPhone or digital camera and access to computer applications, “iMovie” or similar applications. Also, materials for drawing, i.e, paper, charcoal, Caran d’Ache water-based crayons, erasers, et al will be provided in class. All students are invited regardless of prior experience in drawing or animation.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 16
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: final project or presentation, final animation, initial trial film, progress drawings
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: instructor's discretion
Unit Notes: A painter and constructionist, Jim Peters has shown widely especially in NYC, Boston, and Provincetion. Educated at USNA (BS. Nuclear Physics), MIT (MS,Nuclear Engineering ), MICA (MFA, Painting). Presently he teaches Drawing at Rhode Island School of Design.
Materials/Lab Fee: $20

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