Since 2009, KQED Arts Education has held workshops in stop-motion animation for both students and teachers. Inspired by Spark artist M.Dot Strange, and partnering with our friends at the Disposable Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society, and Zeum, we’ve seen filmmakers of all ages produce their own digital animation projects. Stop-motion projects are low-tech and can be used for classroom projects focused on a range of topics.

KQED workshop participant and Rooftop Arts Coordinator Amy Blasbaugh took stop-motion into a 4th grade art classroom and tried another form of animation using celluloid film strips, thumbtacks, Sharpie markers, and an old-school projector. This camera-less technique was the perfect way to illuminate students’ interest in analog and digital film projects. As you’ll hear in Amy’s In the Classroom interview, there were a lot of “Oohs and aahs.”

Rooftop School is known for their year-long creative themes and part of their current focus is on “Illumination.”

You can also view Ku-Ka Illuminoku here in its entirety.


Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.

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