Day 1 of 4, Introduction to Animation with Flash

Goals for today

  • Learn everyone's name
  • See the entire Paul Chan piece
  • Visit the Lab
  • Talk about setting up a workspace in Flash
  • Open file from location (each student should find a basic file in their own folder)
  • Saving and previewing projects
  • Talk about the Layers and the Timeline, using examples
  • Talk about Vector graphics, using examples (raster smiley vs. regular)
  • Make a [ flip-book style frame-by-frame animated face]
  • (2pm) Gathering everyone for the first time

    • Be outside if possible
    • Icebreaker BINGO
    • Nametags
    • Ground Rules (in a hand out)
    • Get-to-know-ya
      • Why this class?
      • Prior experience
      • Something visual that you like

    (2:30pm) Visit the gallery!

    • Watch all of Paul Chan's ''Light'' projection
      • Give everyone a chance to walk around it and see it from different sides
      • Take out some paper and do quick freewrite/freedraw reactions (:30 sec)
      • Walk somewhere to share those reflections, reminding everyone about ground rules

    (3:15pm) To the lab!

    • Seating via birthday game
    • Logging on, opening your file folder, starting flash, starting a new project
    • Set some preferences
      • Precise cursors
      • Object undo
      • Moving the little panels around, etc.
    • Making a drawing
      • Practice SAVING
      • Practice PREVIEW (ctrl+ enter)

    (3:30pm) Open up an example file

    • Look at '''Layers'''
    • Practice using selection tools to
      • Copy - paste
      • Cut - paste
      • Move
      • Transform
      • Change colors
      • Eyedropper

    (3:45) Demonstrate flipbook

    • Matt + I open flying man example
    • Demonstrate adding keyframe, animating with onion skin

    (4pm) Start thinking about flip-book

    • Open a new project
    • Use '''brush''' to draw the figure

    (4:15pm) Frame-by-frame

    • Create a bunch of keyframes
    • Enable '''Onion skinning'''
    • Step into the next frame and draw a slightly different face
    • Flip between the two frames (press ctrl+enter to test it out)

    (4:35) Warning: Save now

    • Preparing to log off

    (4:45pm) Wrap-up

    • Watch Tony v. Paul
    • Leave the lab, find a place to sit.
    • Check-in with everyone. How is it going? What questions remain?
    • Bye!
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