Project Example: Stress-Release Flipbook

AD 160: Physical Structures

Project Example: Stress-Release Flipbook

Title of Project

Stress-Release Flipbook

Methods and Concepts

Space: 2D/4D, motion, velocity, acceleration, dynamic/static, growth, progression, tension, stress/release
planar/time interpretation


Figure-ground, repetition, contrast, rhythm, tempo, speed, stasis


Create an index card flipbook that, though motion, explores the idea of stress/release.


Pack of index cards; paper clip or alligator clip large enough to bind the pack of index cards; black markers of varying sizes

Physical processes

1. Bind the pack of index cards on one edge (short edge) with the clip.
2. Create a flipbook animation on the cards utilizing black markers. No color is allowed. Explore the idea of stress and release within the animation. How can you create visual stress over time, and how can you then release the stress? (it is recommended that the animation be sketched in pencil on the cards and the animation tested before using markers)
3. Experiment with different applications of marks – the entire card could be covered in black to create a white shape. Experiment with the ideas of speed, tempo, and stasis in creating the animation.

Critique approach

Individual comments – provide four questions to students. Each student will play a flipbook and respond to the four questions. Then switch flipbooks. Each student should examine 6-7 flipbooks.
• Is there a sense of stress-release? If so, how is it created (shape? speed? brightness?)
• Is there a sense of progression in the animation – the initial idea building over the course of the sequence?
• How does the speed of playback (how fast you flip the cards) affect the idea of stress-release? Is it more successful fast, moderate, or slow?
• Is there a cohesive quality to the animation? (cohesive can entail consistent quality of drawing, repeated visual elements, and/or rhythm)

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