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Summary:

Aesop's Fables - Visual Storytelling with Digital Illustration

    ●   Create a Animated Story using Photoshop, Flash and / or Illustrator.


Learn These Tools & Concepts:

Storyboarding Brush Tool Gradients Flash is students can make it as complicated or simple as they want.

The Project Happens in 3 Parts:

Part #1: Create a Storyboard ~

Design Always Begins with Paper and Pencil

example  •  Students are assigned one of Aesop's Fables.

  •  It's better to assign the fables because students waste time choosing their own.

  •  Then create a Storyboard - a sequence of pictures arranged to represent the events of the story in the order they will occur.

  •  The storyboard is a big part of the first week of the project. The storyboard serves as a reference point for the rest of the project.


Part #2: Move to the Computer ~

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Convert your Storyboard to the Computer

  •  Scan your drawing or find some images on the internet to use as references.

  •   Use the Tools you learn to create images that are 100% your own, or at least 90% unrecognizable from their source.

  •   Create characters, backgrounds, text - everything you need to tell the story.

  •   The great thing about Flash is students can make it as complicated or simple as they want - Animation, Sound, Interactivity - It's up to you.

 


Last Part: The Final Product ~

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You will be graded on the following items:

Your final Computer-generated image must be created from scratch or pieced together from many .

• The great thing about Flash is students can make it as complicated or simple as they want.

• Ambitious users can use the powerful animation features, but it's not required.

 

Digital Art and Design

ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME-PROJECTNAME

DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.



Aesop's Fables Examples:

These are examples created by students following the Aesop's Fables project.

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example man and snake example the bear the sick lion example

Aesop's Fables: Day 1 ~

New Project Begins Today  ~  

Introduce this PBL project by reading one of these Entry Documents with the Class - Young Minds, Digital Times OR Animators Ball -

Project Reflection Journal - Attach your previous project to your portfolio and reflect upon what you have learned. 

Search Aesop's Fables and pick a story or look here for more options

Start on this

Begin Sketching your Ideas! Create a storyboard by doing this.


Aesop's Fables: Day 2 ~

"He is wise who is warned by the misfortunes of others."  ~  The Sick Lion

Journal - What is a Storyboard? - You have 10 Minutes to complete this task!

Finish this tutorial from yesterday …

Continue your storyboard

WORKSHOP - What is a Storyboard? What's it used for? When's it Due?


Aesop's Fables: Day 3 ~

“Nature exceeds nurture.”  ~  The Cat And Venus

Journal - Another Storyboard Journal - You have 10 mins. to complete this task!

Tutorial - Coloring with the Paint Bucket - Attach by the end of Class.

Continue your storyboard … Due in 2 Days …

WORKSHOP - Storyboard Rubric Review - Why do you have to use Aesop's Original Language? Why do you have to Color it? How much is the Storyboard worth? What about this example? Why do I need a Moral?


Aesop's Fables: Day 4 ~

"SELF-HELP IS THE BEST HELP " ~ Hercules and the Wagoner    ~  

Journal - Conflict! - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - Highlights and Shadows - Attach by the end of Class.

Continue your StoryboardDue Tomorrow!

WORKSHOP - Storyboard Rubric Review - Why do you have to use Aesop's Original Language? Why do you have to Color it? How much is the Storyboard worth? What about this example? Why do I need a Moral?


Aesop's Fables: Day 5 ~

"If men had all they wished, they would be often ruined." ~ Tortoise/Eagle 

Journal - Moral? or Journal - Name 3 things that Flash and Photoshop have in Common - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial #1 - Create a Snowman in Flash - Attach by the end of Class.

Finish your Storyboard - DUE TODAY!

WORKSHOP - 4 Things Every Flash User Should Know! What things do Flash and Photoshop have in Common? Answer = Lots!


Aesop's Fables: Day 6 ~

Week 2 

Journal - View this Aesop example and comment - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - Background Gradients - Attach by the end of Class.

Workshop: Watch Video #1 & #2


Aesop's Fables: Day 7 ~

"It is wise to turn circumstances to good account." ~ The Bat and the Weasels

Journal - What is the Moral of this story? - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - Scenes and Stop Commands - Attach by the end of Class.

Tutorial #2 - Trace Bitmap - Attach by the end of Class.

WORKSHOP - Workshop: Stop Commands

Try this if you Dare! - Bounce a Ball in Flash


Aesop's Fables: Day 8 ~

"The dishonest, if they act honestly, get no credit." ~ The Wolf, Fox & Ape

Journal - Compare and Contrast these two stories - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - Background into Bitmaps - Attach by the end of Class.

WORKSHOP - Rastor vs. Vector - Final Exam Question?

Try this if you Dare! - Clouds and Hearts


Aesop's Fables: Day 9 ~

"Counsel without help is useless." ~ The Boy Bathing

Journal - Raster vs. Vector Journal - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - Circular Spheres - Attach by the end of Class.

Tutorial #2 - Trace Bitmap - Attach by the end of Class.

WORKSHOP - Rastor vs. Vector - Final Exam Question?

Try This if you DARE! - Rotating Star


Aesop's Fables: Day 10 ~

"Nature exceeds nurture." ~ The Cat and Venus

Journal - Was the artist successful in their intent? - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - Rotating Star - Attach by the end of Class.

WORKSHOP - Rastor vs. Vector - Final Exam Question?

Try this if you DARE! - Handwriting


Aesop's Fables: Day 11 ~

"We had better bear our troubles bravely than try to escape them." ~ The King's Son

Journal - Consecutive Elements - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - Photos into Bitmaps - You don't have to trace anymore! Attach by the end of Class.

Continue Working on your Scenes

Try this if you Dare! - Shape Tween


Aesop's Fables: Day 12 ~

"We had better bear our troubles bravely than try to escape them." ~ The King's Son

Journal - What stands out the most? - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - Text Boxes - Attach by the end of Class.

Tutorial #2 - Trace Bitmap - Attach by the end of Class.

Add Pauses to your scenes …

Try this if you Dare! - Falling Text


Aesop's Fables: Day 13 ~

"Try before you trust." ~ The Lion and the Eagle

Journal - Anything you don't Like? - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - Pow! Wham! Zap! - Attach by the end of Class.

Add Pauses to your scenes …

Try this if you Dare! - Squish My Face Tutorial


Aesop's Fables: Day 14 ~

"Self-interest alone moves some men." ~ The Peasant and the Apple Tree

Journal - What is the end of your story? - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - Invisible Buttons - Attach by the end of Class.

Add 3D Objects to your Scenes …

Try this if you Dare! - Squish My Face


Aesop's Fables: Day 15 ~

"It is absurd to ape our betters." ~ The Monkey and the Camel

Journal - Invisible Buttons - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - 3D Effect in Flash - Attach by the end of Class.

Continue Working on your Scenes - DUE IN 5 DAYS!

Try this if you Dare! - Rainbow Masks


Aesop's Fables: Day 16 ~

"Attempt not impossibilities." ~ The Dogs and the Hides

Journal - Pick the Most Significant thing - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - Walking Animation - Attach by the end of Class.

Tutorial #2 - Trace Bitmap - Attach by the end of Class.

Continue Working on your Scenes - DUE IN 4 DAYS!


Aesop's Fables: Day 17 ~

"What is most truly valuable is often underrated." ~ The Stag at the Pool

Journal - How do you Feel About it Now? - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial #1 - Lines in Flash - Attach by the end of Class.

Tutorial #2 - Tree in Flash - Attach by the end of Class.

Continue Working on your Scenes - DUE IN 3 DAYS!

Try this if you Dare! - Shape Tweens …


Aesop's Fables: Day 18 ~

"Youth’s first duty is reverence to parents." ~ The Lark Burying her Father

Journal - Music and Sound - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial #1 - Add Music To your composition - Attach by the end of Class.

Tutorial #2 - Cactus in Flash - Attach by the end of Class.

Try this if you Dare! - Typewriter Text …

Project Due in 2 Days - Get to Work!


Aesop's Fables: Day 19 ~

"Some men are of more consequence in their own eyes than in the eyes of their neighbors." ~ The Gnat and the Bull

Journal - Name 1 thing you don't like - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Tutorial - 3D Effect in Flash - Attach by the end of Class.

Try this if you Dare! - Stretchy Text …

Project Due Tomorrow -


Aesop's Fables: Day 20 ~

"To enjoy our blessings, we must have freedom." ~ The Dove and the Crow

Journal - List the most important characteristics - You have only 10 minutes to complete this task.

Add Spoken Dialogue to your story - Attach by the end of Class.

Project Due NOW - Attach by the end of the period.