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Stop-Motion Animation

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Contact Dr. Tova Ackerman


Skills Developed by this Program

21st Century Learning

Integrating STEM

Differentiated Learning

Cooperative Learning

Connections to Core Standards

Cultural Exploration

Immersion in the Arts


"The skills the students learned in the program, like working together, taking on roles/responsibilities, listening to one another, transfered into my everyday classroom teaching."

- 3rd Grade Teacher, PS 216, Brooklyn, NY


”This ten-session program has been absolutely wonderful. This program is by far my favorite program I have ever seen come into our school.“

-4th Grade Teacher, PS 255


"I like the part when we made the storyboard. Because I like us working together as a team."

-3rd Grade Student, PS 315, Brooklyn, NY

New media technologies are in demand and Puppetry in Practice's Stop-Motion Animation residencies are among our most requested programs. PiP embraces technology as an integral part of its innovative arts education programs. PiP provides students with the essential tools to bring their learning to life with fun and engaging animation techniques, while being immersed in curriculum studies. Students use laptop computers and webcams, animation software and their imaginations to create high-quality animated shorts and features they can share with their peers or broadcast to the world via social media. This residency develops creative problem solving, critical thinking, and communication and collaboration skills through hands-on learning with technology. Students work together in groups and discover it takes teamwork to succeed beyond their expectations.

"The strengths of the program were that it was organized, it was student friendly, it was 100% interactive and it was fun!"

-2nd Grade Teacher, PS 28, Queens, NY

Students explore the history of animation through multimedia presentations and discussions with the teaching artist. After learning basic film vocabulary and technique, small groups of students work together to write and illustrate complete storyboards around the topic of the residency. Students then create their scenery and characters through traditional drawing and collage techniques before venturing into the world of animation with digital tools and software. The residency often culminates in a school-wide auditorium screening of students' work.

Students use their natural skills and abilities and apply them to various roles during the process. These include: set designers, writers and storyboarders, camera operators, directors, actors who lend their voices to the characters, animators who move the characters, music and sound effects people, and more. This program improves digital literacy and heightens awareness of new media uses and capabilities.

The Stop-Motion Animation artist residency has been applied to the exploration of African, Chinese, Indian, and Native American folktales; the landmarks and historical figures of New York City; poetry and other beloved, acclaimed literature; and age-appropriate projects raising awareness and action to protect and respect the environment. Visit our YouTube page to see all of the students' work.

NYC Landmarks

From the Brooklyn Bridge to Ellis Island to the Empire State Building, students discover and explore the amazing landmarks that make New York City so exceptional. As the cornerstone of the MY NEW YORK program, students become tour guides of their surrounding borroughs through the use of technology and the magic of animation. This is a collaborative and creative way for students to study the rich histrory of New York City. Perfect for addressing 2nd grade Social Studies standards.

Fables and Folktales

Folktales, fables and folklore are an excellent way for students to learn to appreciate the rich traditions and cultures of people around the world. Through investigation and research, students learn the geography, architecture and history of places like West Africa, China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Students learn how different communities around the world and throughout time address important aspects of everyday life. This is a great program for 3rd grade Social Studies curriculum.

Flip's Fantastic Animation

Author/Illustrator Angelo DeCesare's popular Flip's Fantastic Journal Residencies come to life. Similar to the other residencies, Angelo will guide students through the basics of story writing. Instead of writing in memoirs or journals, students will work in small groups to develop storyboards to use as their animation guides. PiP supplies miniature, movable paper puppets of all the Flip characters while students create their own backgrounds and props found in their stories. Popular areas of study for this residency include Neighborhood Studies, NYC Landmarks and Anger Management.


A great way for students to learn about and experience poetry is through animation. The abstract structure of poetry lends itself to moving images extremely well, by transforming poems into a visual form or representation, students are actively interpreting the text stanza by stanza, and are able to discover the overall themes, narratives and concepts found in any poem.


  • Too Much Noise by ECC After-School Program. 2012

  • Abiyoyo by ECC After-School Program. 2013

  • European Explorers by 5th Graders in PS 46. 2015