Friday, July 06, 2012

Most Recent Class

A compressed seven-week term provided a great opportunity to pilot my experimental animation class at Oakland University this summer.



This laboratory-style workshop was designed to support both the study and production of experimental animation. The students studied experimental animation history and contemporary work in the field, and investigated 2D animation techniques incorporating both analog and digital strategies.

Class time was used for lectures and screenings, discussion of animated works viewed as well as readings, technical demonstrations, production and critique. The students undertook a series of structured studies and produced mid-term and final open projects.

The shortened and intensive time frame of the summer term supported an exploration of multiple teaching/learning strategies with a quick turnaround time that made for fluid modification and fine-tuning. On the flip-side, however, the compressed workload did not allow students time for post-critique revision of their work.

It was refreshing to teach a group of advanced students from a variety of disciplines including photography, painting, cinema studies, and new media. The course culminated in a final show at the laSalle Auditorium at Cranbrook Museum of Art, and featured projects made by the students as well as animations by established historic and contemporary artists, selected by the class, that we watched in class or which were posted to their blogs.

It was a great experience and I am looking forward to teaching this class again during the Winter 2013 term.

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elray said...

Experimental Animation Show
Friday June 22, 2012
laSalle Auditorium, Cranbrook Art Museum

Oakland University Department of Art & Art History
SA392 - Special Projects: Experimental Animation
Professor: Leslie Raymond

Titles listed below without a date were made by the students in the class. Dated works have been selected by the students from materials viewed in class or posted to student blogs.


(1976) Viewmaster, George Griffin, 3 min

Phenakistoscope, Andrew Byers, 0:26

Flip Book, Alex Hancock, 0:17

(2007) Life Size Zoetrope, Mark Simon Hewis, 7 min

(Project 2), Claire Ondillo, 0:43

(1942) Motion Painting 1, Oskar Fischinger, 11 min

Superdoodle, Jennifer Sherman, 0:11

Frank Takes a Walk, Kelly O'Hara, 1:24

(Project 2), Andrew Byers, 0:22

(1940) Dots, Norman McLaren, 2 min

Hans, Laura Eagan, 0:37

(Final Project), Claire Ondillo, 1:13

(1940) Tarantella, Mary Ellen Bute, 4:30

Vuelo Musicale, Kelly O'Hara, 4:00

Color Test, Alex Hancock, 1:07

(1961) Mothlight, Stan Brakhage, 3 min

(1923) Le Retour รก la Raison, Man Ray, 2 min

Deteriorate, Brittany Atkinson, 1 min?

(2007) Human Skateboard, Pes, 33 sec

Go-Kart, Brandon Hartley, 0:31

(2009) Deadline, Bang-yao Liu, 1:55

Russlide, Kelly O'Hara, 0:38

Wiggle, Claire Ondillo, 0:26

(2008) Muto, Blu, 7:26

(Study 2.2 Stop Motion), Alex Hancock, 1:36

(2012) Fresh Guacamole, PES, 1:45

The Champ is Here, Jennifer Sherman, 0:52

Away She Goes, Brittany Atkinson, 0:32

(1965) See Saw Seams, Stan Vanderbeek, 9 min

(Study 3.2 Kinestasis), Brandon Hartley, 1:00

(Study 3.2 Kinestasis), Laura Eagan, 1:00

(Study 3.2 Kinestasis), Claire Ondillo, 1:00

(1967) Historia Naturae, Suita, Jan Svankmajer, 9:00

Impossible, Brandon Hartley, 3:00

(2004) The Monkey Writes, Drew Pavelchack, 2:30

Name, Brittany Atkinson, 1:04

(Study 3.3 Collage/Cut-Out), Laura Eagan, 1:13

(Final Project), Andrew Byers, 1:11

(2010) Unsubscribe #4, Jodie Mack, 3 min

Things I Saw From Where I Slept, Laura Eagan, 0:34

The Power of Perception, Jennifer Sherman, 1:00

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