Animation brings students ideas to life

Students at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School let their imaginations run wild as they recently created various stop motion animation videos as part of a four-week artist in residency program. Visiting artist Annie Schmitt of Box of Light Studios in Erie worked primarily with fifth-graders during their science, art and periodic reading classes as they incorporated their knowledge of the solar system into short videos. Stop motion animation is currently one of the hottest areas of film-making and entails recording an object or subject, frame by frame, every time it is adjusted at small increments. This causes the illusion of movement when all the frames are played continuously."Our mission is using art and science for experiential learning. Doing something with the solar system was the perfect topic because it just lends itself so well to visuals," Schmitt said.