Stop-Motion Animation as Therapeutic Tool

Animal Heaven

First-year students have been expanding their concept of expressive therapeutic techniques in Debi Farber’s Methods and Materials class.  Recently, alumna Irina Derkacheva (class of 2012) visited the class and shared her knowledge of stop-motion animation techniques.

Not only can animations allow for diagnostic analysis of the formal choices in the molded clay figures and collaged backgrounds, but this medium also allows an opportunity for time-based storytelling.  The class broke off into four groups that each produced their own short animation just to get a taste of the techniques. Irina supplemented the activity by sharing a few articles that highlighted case studies in which computer art techniques and filmmaking proved to be invaluable tools in a client’s treatment.     

See the animations below:

Jungle Friends

Pizza Party

Animal Heaven

Aliens and Friends


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