Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How to Make a Thaumatrope

"A thaumatrope is a toy that was popular in the 19th century. A disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one due to the persistence of visionThey are recognized as important antecedents of cinematography and in particular of animationThe coined name translates roughly as 'wonder turner,' from Ancient Greek." (From Wikipedia)




Materials
-two disks (pre-cut & hole-punched cardstock)
-pencils
-colored pencils
-Sharpies
-glue sticks
-two strings or rubber bands

Steps
1 - Begin this animation project by thinking about what two images you want to draw.
2 - Use pencil to draw the first image on one circle.
3 - Use pencil to draw the second image on the other circle. Be sure that it lines up correctly with the first image.
4 - Use colored pencils to add color and Sharpie to darken lines.
5 - Check in with Mr. Mark when you are ready to glue your two circles. He will ensure that you glue them correctly with each circle rotated 180 degrees from the other.
6 - Add two rubber bands.
7 - Spin and enjoy your animation!

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