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September 25, 2013

STEAM teaching through Paper Engineering

Filed under: animation, art classes, children's classes, paper engineering — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 5:19 am

Yoshimoto Video

We at Popular Kinetics are big proponents of Art as a part of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (the acronym is STEAM). After all, discovery involves the art of observation, and design is integral to the process of making things. In celebrating the new school year, we’re dedicating the next two posts to paper engineering as it relates to math and science. Combining these disciplines makes them less intimidating and much more fun, and can lead to an integrated understanding of surface, form and function. So here’s a clever little stop action video featuring some engaging paper forms.

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August 2, 2008

Book Animation by Chris Northey


Chris Northey did this inventive 3-dimensional book animation, called “Start Running Pico,”  while living in Japan. It speaks to the dynamic balance between creation and distruction that is part of most mythologies. Watch it here on YouTube.

June 9, 2008

Muto, the Painted Animation

In still animation, each frame advances the story just a little bit. The frames move so quickly before your eyes that you barely notice they are individual images spliced together to create a “moving picture.” Here, the technique is sometimes visible, but all the more amazing because the images that move are painted, then scrubbed out as part of the narrative itself. This short film titled “Muto” is by the artist Blu, shot on walls in Buenos Aires and Baden, with a soundtrack by Andrea Martignoni. It is a totally captivating adventure.

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