Presenting Le Gran Cirque
The following student created stop motion animation movie is entered in to the
Ottawa International Animation Film Festival. Read more about the festival here.
Kindergarten -2nd grade students at Ames Elementary School studied the work of Alexander Calder, specifically his Circus performance piece. Students created their own Circus characters and worked in small groups to write vignettes that were a part of a larger circus. Working with an animator, students then created a stop motion animation film.
Kindergarten, first, and second grade students at Ames Elementary School have been animating their paper characters to create a stop motion animation of the circus. Look for the full length film coming soon!
Artist in Residence 2014 welcomes artist, Bob Fritz
Have students study the work of Alexander Calder, specifically his circus. Students will work in small groups to design a paper circus that they will later turn into a short film by utilizing the techniques of stop motion animation. Students will receive instruction from artist Bob Fritz on animating their paper creations and making them come to life.
Kindergarten - second grade Ames students are scheduled to come visit during two hour time slots with their classes on one of the following days: Tuesday, April1st, Wednesday April 2nd, or Friday the 4th of April.
Cirque Calder is an artistic rendering of a circus created by the American artist Alexander Calder. It involves wire models rigged to perform the various functions of the circus performers they represent, from contortionists to sword eaters to lion tamers. The models are made of various items, generally wire and wood. Calder began improvising performances of this circus during his time in Paris. He would comment in French during the performance.
The Cirque Calder is part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum in New York
Presentation of Alexander Calder's Circus Images
Read more about Alexander Calder with these books:
Getting to know Alexander Calder by, Mike Venezia
Rent from your local library or purchase from here
Sandy's Circus by, Tanya Lee Stone
Rent it at your library or purchase from here
Robert Fritz has been an animation/film teacher for over 30 years. He currently teaches in the Motion Picture / Television Department at College of DuPage and has also taught high school, middle school and grade school students. His students' films have won awards at the Student Animation Festival in Ottawa Canada, Melbourne International Animation Festival in Australia, Evil City Film Festival in New York, Kalamazoo International Animation Festival, International Teen Movie Festival in Toronto, Chicago Youth Media Festival, National Scholastics Awards, Burbank International Student Film Fest and have been shown on HBO and Public Television in Japan.
Mr. Fritz enjoys a dual career. After receiving his MA and MFA in studio art, he has worked with freeblown glass for over 30 years. His works have been included in exhibitions at the Tokyo Crafts Expo and the International Exhibition of Glass in Kanazawa, Japan. Robert's glass has been presented as gifts to the Prime Minister of Japan and the U.S. Ambassador to Japan. His glass is in the permanent collection of the Glasmuseum in Denmark and has been featured twice in the New Glass Review, a publication of the Corning Glass Museum in New York. Read more about Bob Fritz and his glass works at: www.freeblownglass.com