January 12, 2014

Dreamworks tablet for kids teaches animation

I would have gone so friggin’ bananas for this as a kid*—bananas, I tell you. Via Fast Company:

In a feature called “Be An Artist,” DreamWorks animators lead a video tutorial, teaching kids how to draw characters from its movies and shows. The lesson can play in a small window as the child sketches, or on a larger separate display screen. [...]

Celebrity chefs share their recipes, chart-topping musicians their chord progressions. Here, some of Hollywood’s top animators teach kids how to draw their creations–Shrek, Po, the star of Kung Fu Panda, various animals from Madagascar–using the same pressure-sensitive tablet stylus that the professionals use on the job. [...]

The project resonated with Jeffrey Katzenberg, the studio’s CEO and co-founder. “He sees it as an opportunity to teach kids how to tell stories and how to draw,” says Mitchell. “It’s not what they all get in school.”

*I slummed with an Etch-A-Sketch Animator and drove myself insane making too-ambitious flipbook animations with index cards.

Posted by John Nack at 7:47 AM on January 12, 2014
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