Pixilation animation workshop

Pixilation animation workshop

The simplest form of animation possible as you just use yourselves as the models for animating. This workshop is led by the class themselves and they will lead you through the entire process using equipment you already have in school.                                                                                                                                                                                   

Key Stage:

KS2 National Curriculum: Primary. This animation workshop demostrates techniques that can be used to deliver learning in various subject areas. The workshop has opportunties to encourage reluctant writers by using the experience of animation as a stimulus for script writing.

Learning Objectives:

Pupils should learn: 1. to understand the various roles and responsibilities involved in filmaking (director, script writer or storyboard creator, camera person, actors, costume and props, animator, editor, artists, sound). 2. be able to explain the process of making animated films and the various stages involved. 3. the importance of clear communication with one another during the filmaking process


The nine films show the key stages of a cut out animation workshop with KS 2 pupils.. The equipment used in this film includes school laptops, digital stills cameras and tripods. The camera needs to be kept still when animating so if you don't have a tripod you need to make sure the camera doesn’t move either by taping or tacking into position. Materials used include A3 paper, A4 paper/card, pencils, felt tip pens and Blu-tac.


Watching a classic short film by Norman McLaren. The group started by watching a selection of animated films made using cut out animation including Ivor the Engine and Charlie and Lola. They discussed how the films were made, the differences between them and how the animation process works.


Making a whole-class pixilation.


Using props.


Selecting locations for a film.


Devising and notating a story.


Using the free software 'Monkey Jam'.


Filming, then editing using Windows Movie Maker.


Adding hand-drawn titles.


The finished film.

Development Activity:

This workshop would work well with any KS2 class. This activity could work as a day long workshop or could be developed over several sessions or be adapted for use in an after school club setting. The activity could link to other areas of the curriculum depending on the chosen theme. Groups could create a film inspired by a current topic. They could also record their own soundtrack or narration using audio recording equipment if available or by recording directly to Movie Maker via a built in computer microphone or external usb microphone. It is worth checking what equipment is available in school as this will dictate how you approach the animation process. Completed work can be shared with the rest of the school.

Research, Notes and Links:

We have produced a lesson plan to accompany this workshop.
The links below may also be of use.  Ivor the Engine, Charlie and Lola, the Storyboard template, Character templates, and  Danosongs Jamendo.com Soundbible.com