15 Mar Zoetrope Workshop at the City Museum Kassel
Learning the art of animation
During the special exhibition KASSEL CINEMATIC!, various events on the subject of film will take place at the municipal museum in Kassel until 3 September 2023. In this context I gave an Zoetrope workshop with a Zoetrope and a Praxinoscope on 11 March 2023.
I call it The Spinning Animation Workshop.
During the workshop, children, young people and adults learned through active participation how they can make drawings move. The participants developed their own ideas and created an animation on a one-metre strip of paper, consisting of 15, slightly different, drawings. They fully set their individual drawings in motion with old optical devices, e. g. a Zoetrope.
This device, an invention from 1834, played an important role in the invention of film. It can reproduce several drawings in quick succession. This gives the viewer the illusion of a moving drawing.
The animation played by the Zoetrope in an endless loop was accompanied by music synchronised to the beat of the animation.
See the result on a Praxinoscope and a Zoetrope
Some useful links
Visit the current exhibition Kassel Cinematic! at the city museum.
Download the companying programme (pdf-file) in German.
Click here for a Zoetrope craft kit.
Read more about my animation workshops.
See my next events.