Joe Dockery

Stop motion animation with Adobe Premiere Elements

Project Published 7/28/10 Last updated on 2/28/20
In this 30-hour course, you will learn to create stop-motion animation films using Adobe Premiere Elements. We will explore a variety of mediums including clay, legos, paper, pipe cleaners and white boards to create our animations. We will add music, dialog and sound FX using a variety of audio recording devices, stock libraries and Adobe Soundbooth. Digital video cameras, web cams, and digital still cameras will be used, so feel free to bring your own. We will learn digital video terminology, explore the Premiere Elements interface,  and use tools to create transitions, titles, and perform basic editing functions. This class will also cover creating a DVD and exporting video to the web.


Age Levels
1+ Week
Content Standards
Custom Standards


  • EALR 1: The student understands and uses a writing process.
  • EALR 2: The student writes in a variety of forms for different audiences and purposes.
  • EALR 3: The student writes clearly and effectively.
  • EALR 4: The student analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of written work.


  • EALR 2: The student understands the meaning of what is read. (Comprehension)
  • EALR 3: The student reads different materials for a variety of purposes.


  • The student understands and applies arts knowledge and skills in visual arts.
  • The student demonstrates thinking skills using artistic processes of creating, performing/presenting and responding, in visual arts.
  • The student communicates through the arts visual arts.
  • The student makes connections within and across the arts visual arts to other disciplines, life, cultures, and work.


  • EALR 1: The student uses listening and observation skills to gain understanding.
  • EALR 2: The student uses communication skills and strategies to interact/work effectively with others.
  • EALR 3: The student uses communication skills and strategies to effectively present ideas and one’s self in a variety of situations.
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer

Props: Clay (keep in zip lock bags), legos, construction paper, just about anything (give each group a plastic box for storage)

Set: 3 sided box - it is great for storing students props and easy to decorate

Firewire or web cameras

I have a bunch of great video tutorials and other materials on the following web site:

Cheap desk or shop lights


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Robert Simpson

Posted on 8/2/10 8:33:31 PM Permalink


We used your excellent resources to conduct a day-long workshop for middle school students on stop motion animation. Students were so excited to learn this technique that they came in over winter break to attend the workshop. One great professionally produced example, The Bowerbirds, "In Our Talons" music video, was a highly inspirational piece that helped students see what can be accomplished using stop motion, i.e. giving clay characters a personality.

Visit our wiki to see student images, rough animation sequences, and our adapted curriculum resources.

Thanks again for sharing!

ellen flaherty

Posted on 7/31/10 12:44:08 PM Permalink