Art in Motion class creates stop motion animation videos

In 2012, Gabrielino High School’s art teacher Kat Ross introduced her Art in Motion class to stop motion animation when she was inspired by Australian artist Benjamin Ducroz’s stop motion piece, the Möbius Strip. This year, her Art in Motion class continued with their annual tradition of creating a stop motion video to showcase at the Renaissance Rally that occurs at the end of the school year. 

Typically shown with clay figures, puppets, and miniatures, stop motion animation is a technique in which animators bring static objects to life by moving said objects in small increments and playing the frames in sequence.

For this year’s video, Ross’ students voted on animal heads as their theme, each of them in charge of creating their own animal head out of papier-mâché to be used in the film.

In order to ensure that everyone’s ideas are heard, each student receives a day in which he or she is able to direct the video. The director can instruct the other students to obtain specific camera angles, act out a particular scene with certain objects involved, or even change the location of the piece to another part of campus.

At the end of the filming process, each student is in charge of editing their own scene, allowing them to add their own personal take to the video.

“It’s difficult to start at first because [we] have a hard time coming up with a concept,” said junior Henry Wilson, “but the best part is when we’re able to play back the footage and see the product come to life.”

Although the movement of the objects in the video may seem simple on film, the process of creating a stop motion animation takes three weeks to two months. However, the other students have commented that the long journey is worth the endeavor, as the video is a culmination of all their hard work.

“From this project, students are able to learn how sounds and visuals correspond,” stated Ross. “As they direct, they discover how to effectively communicate their ideas to other people.”


Other stop motion videos made by Gabrielino students can be found at

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  1. Rachel Bullock – Hey friend! My name is Rachel Bullock and I recently graduated from Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. I was a photo editor for DPMHS media and I was a prefect for the Clemens house since my sophomore year. First and foremost, there is more to my name than Rachel. I am named after my great-grandmother, my first name can be found in the bible in the book of Genesis, and Rachel in general means 'ewe' which is a female sheep. As a Christian I follow my Lord and shepherd Jesus so I believe that my name suits me. I love to read, write, and draw. I listen to lots of different types of music (primarily soft rock, 80's pop on KOST 103.5, or contemporary Christian music, though). Generally, I describe my style of music to be the kind you'd hear at the end of movies and prefer soundtracks of video-games and movies to what's popular with people in music today. My interests include that of volcanology, geology, and parks relations. I also desire to get more into anatomy and physiology or even astrology if I can at some point in the future. Sports I have been involved in are basketball and soccer, but I am only really good at softball, which I played in high school and outside school with a team that went to sectionals and was honored by the city for it. I identify as a moderate conservative politically, but I have respect for liberals, libertarians, and all others alike. We are all people, after all. Regarding my journalistic works, I am generally objective in fact-based stories such as news briefs, but I am also not afraid to write an opinion piece as a response to a news piece to highlight certain aspects that are morally inclined to what I believe. As a student, I strive to maintain my grades and do my best in school so I can get into a good college. I take advanced courses at my school such as APs and Honors for various subjects as well as college classes to start working towards a pre-picked Masters (in Parks and Recreation Management (MS)) with a minor in photography. Needless to say, I'm thorough and goal-oriented. I strive to become a Chief Park Ranger one day and am planning on attaining the degree to effectively and efficiently achieve that. That being said, I take great pride in my work and always do the best I can. If you need to reach me professionally or just want to talk, I'm there for you @rbullock725 on Instagram. Have a great day and God Bless.
    rbullock725 says:

    THIS. IS. SO. COOL!! What a unique class!! Wish they had it at my school!!

    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the story :). Sorry to hear that your school doesn’t offer this, but it’s always something you can pitch to your administration!

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