The Sorcerer's Apprentice Art Curriculum Guide
- Watch the movie Fantasia! (There are two versions, the original and Fantasia 2000). Walt Disney, the creator of Fantasia, revolutionized the movie industry with his animation. Here is a biography of Walt Disney and an article about the animation steps necessary to make a movie such as Fantasia.
- Check out some of these animation books (amazon.com) and learn about the history of cartoons like Fantasia, and how they are made. You can even find some free software to try your own hand at animation. Or here's an online place to make animated clips.
- Stop Motion animation uses a camera and a lot of time moving around figures, or clay, to get a story in film. Here is a Star Wars Lego example of a stop-motion animation story. These books will teach you how to make your own stop motion animation, the Klutz animation book and The Art of Stop Motion Animation (amazon.com).
- Make a flip book! A flip book is a very simplistic example of traditional animation, the kind used in Fantasia. Watch this video to learn how to make your own flip book using a pen and index cards. Here's a drawing website with some really fun characters. Use one of these in a flip book!
- Here's a step by step guide to creating your own cartoon characters
- A diorama is a scenic representation with figures and a background. Make a diorama out of a shoebox, cardboard (from a cereal box, for example) and paints. Try to recreate a scene from The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Go to the craft and art site Made By Joel to see examples of simple figures made from cardboard and paper clips.
- Dukas was from France and lived at the time of the following artists: Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Choose one or two and study their art. Get books out of the library about them and the techniques they used. Many of these artists were Impressionists. They painted in a way that gave an "impression" of objects or scenes, but did not appear realistic, especially when viewed up close. Many of their paintings were known for the way they gave a luminous, or light-producing, effect. Here's a lesson plan for a Monet style painting project.
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