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Foreigners learn sand animation in Shandong

2018/9/12 15:24:12   source:sdchina.com

Recently, eight foreign students of Shandong University went to Ni Shan Academy in Daming Lake Scenic Spot to learn sand animation. Artist Feng Jing taught the foreigners about the sand animation. She first introduced the history and development of sand animation.

Techniques for animating with sand were pioneered by Caroline Leaf when she was an undergraduate art student at Harvard University in 1968. Sand animation is the manipulation of sand to create animation. In performance art an artist creates a series of images using sand, a process which is achieved by applying sand to a surface and then rendering images by drawing lines and figures in the sand with one's hands.

A sand animation performer will often use the aid of an overhead projector or light box (similar to one used by photographers to view translucent films). To make an animated film, sand is moved on a backlit or frontlit piece of glass to create each frame.

Though sand animation was originated from abroad, it is also in full bloom in China. Su Dabao, a famous Chinese sand animation performer, made sand animation draw unprecedented attention as his creation and performance of sand animation film One World One Dream was particularly successful. Feng Jing is one of students of Su Dabao.

Feng said one of the most important features of sand animation is its rapid presentation, so “racing against time” becomes a key point in sand animation creation. Then she showed the foreigners how to clean a light box in six seconds, that is, to open your hand completely and circle upward in an s-shape from the bottom left corner, ultimately ensure that all the sand is cleaned.

After that, Feng taught some basic but practical skills of sand animation creation to the foreign students. She showed them some basic drawings of flowers, grass, trees, the sun, butterflies and fence to create a sand animation with a garden theme.

A moment later, the students began to create their own sand animation. They said that through creating sand animation both their body and mind became greatly relaxed.

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