Spring has sprung, and the month of April is bursting with inspiring activity. Flowers are blooming, trees are sprouting leaves and new life is hatching. You can bring life to a static drawing with this simple flip-book animation project!

You will need:

  • flip-book (bound notepad)
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • light source (i.e. window or light box)

Step 1: Choose what you want to animate. Your main characters could be stick figures, people, animals, or even inanimate objects. Something as simple as a bouncing ball can be a masterpiece.

Step 2: Draw your subject on the last page of your note pad.

Step 3: Turn to the next sheet (the one second from the bottom). You should be able to see your original drawing through the sheet. If you need to, hold your notepad up to a window or other light source.

Step 4: Draw your subject in a slightly different location this time. Repeat this until you run out of sheets, then flip through the book with your thumb to see your subject in motion!

Photo: A flip-book animation of an egg hatching. Learn many other ways to animate in an Arts Umbrella class!