I've been teaching stop motion for kids and college students and I'm wondering 

if we have more teachers in here.  Maybe we can share some ideas and experiences.

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m_( If you could allow me to give me this label, I am a brand new fresh teacher, in a sense. Yet, far from being professor or anyone with some serious professional background..Mine is not other than trial-and-error exercises and animating every now and then for stop motion challenges. The art of teaching itself, I find it really valuable and something I enjoy sharing and doing; my own mother is a teacher, and principal from schools, and so was grandma. That said, I am very willing to teach anything I can possibly teach to others, regardless of any degree required to be called such.

m_(Basically I started out my own stop motion workshop this year back in April.
I even had to change the name to "apprenticeship", for some people thought it was some sort of course, and I was just willing to teach my knowledge along the way, overall. Truth is it was going to be something HUGE involving more than one person with online resource and all. But the person who promised me all that support, walked away from the project, and I stayed all by myself teaching on my own. 

m_(The idea was originated to reach people out there who may be as motivated as me. This is how I had my very first apprentice, whom is still, and has learned some things about me. It is nothing formal, maybe more as a tutor actually, since I come over to his house where he has some equipment I don't.

m_(But I keep spreading the word for future students, and hoping there will be more to teach. I look forward to the idea of teaching. Currently I have been playing with coins, and experimenting with it. The 12 principles of animation can easily be summarized in inanimate objects, and I think about any age is possible. Along with patience, of course.


Hey thanx for Sharing!  

I've been teaching for a couple of years so I'm no guru. I've studied stopmotion in University and I've made a few things but I've never been payed to do it.  I'm a proffecionalsculptor/designer/model-maker however.

Here are the first things that come to mind about the teaching part:

I find that when I teach little kids, all of them love the design and fabrication process. Very few survive the animation part though  

The adults I teach are primarily studying 3d cgi animation, so perhaps it's hard for them to see the connection or benefit of learning how to fabricate and animate objects/puppets.

The other challenge is to figure out how to keep a two month class about something that multifaceted, comprehensive and poignant.  If you chop it up too much, it becomes uninteresting and removed with poor product. On the other hand, if you try to cover everything... you get the same poor results.

I've been teaching stop motion, and other animation disciplines for about 8 years now- from 2 year olds to 80 so far, and have always loved it, and get good feedback from my students- I'm currently teaching at Morley Adult College of education, Waterloo, London.I teach stop motion, maya, and after effects there, and this coming year a course on the history of animation generally...plus soon my studio will begin offering an in-depth stop motion course concentrating on animation skills and the top end features of dragonframe and stop motion pro, including lighting automation, motion control and lip sync- these will be very small class sizes, and run for 5-6 hours per session.

I adore teaching all animation, but stop motion is my true love, and receives extra special care and attention- i run taster courses at Morley in less depth but which all teach both theoretical, historical and practical skills and approaches, as well as being hands on...

I teach with passion, it's the only way i know...

I teach 2nd grade.  This past year I started using a few, kid appropriate, video shorts off of youtube with my writing curriculum.  We practiced writing opinions and reviews about what we saw. We all loved them, especially the stop motion ones. It certainly got me hooked! I'd love to try stop motion with my students, but so far the time and class size has got me a bit blocked... Possibly an after school club...

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