Ashley Stroud
Computer & Art Educator

Jazz Animation 2016

Project Published 8/23/16 Last updated on 6/2/19

Students animated the melody of a jazz song using imagery inspired by Paul Klee from hand drawn and painted surfaces, making shapes in Photoshop and animating in After Effects. The final animation was given to our school's jazz band, under the direction of Patrick Bowen, without any audio and then interpreted by the students into a new song. The piece was projected during one of their performances and they played their composition live.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • After Effects

    Create motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, and web.

Age Levels
1+ Month
Content Standards
21st Century Skills Framework
Custom Standards
Collaborate and make contributions using Information Media Technology.

paper, pencil, computer, Adobe Creative Suites, drawing materials, training videos, Internet

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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/23/19 12:03:39 AM Permalink

​Love the creativity Great Work Ashley

William Cortez

Posted on 5/28/19 3:34:16 PM Permalink

It is splendid. The collaboration and innovation of students and teacher make the project worthwhile.​

Michel Sohel

Posted on 5/16/19 7:27:25 PM Permalink

​BRILLIANT. I want to do something thing this in Spark.

Norma O'Connor

Posted on 2/27/19 9:12:35 PM Permalink

A very clever collaborative composition : ) Well Done!!!​

Ray Cooper

Posted on 11/17/18 1:08:33 AM Permalink

Very creative! I can’t wait to have my students try it!​

lin sha

Posted on 9/25/18 8:55:54 AM Permalink

Fantastic project!​

Vincenzo Cannavale

Posted on 8/17/18 7:16:42 AM Permalink

​great work

Very nice

Sarah Lumang

Posted on 8/16/18 2:55:29 PM Permalink

Two thumbs up for this very creative lesson idea! ​

Avonn Nova

Posted on 8/16/18 2:19:58 AM Permalink

​This is great.

Adrienne Brown

Posted on 6/22/18 2:01:41 PM Permalink

That is amazing!!​

Yolanda Whitted

Posted on 5/28/18 6:22:10 PM Permalink

​I love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

Tony Martinez-Malo

Posted on 3/16/18 6:28:17 PM Permalink

​This is fantastic!

Ammar Midani

Posted on 3/7/18 11:27:22 AM Permalink


Adrianne Nix

Posted on 2/6/18 1:54:07 PM Permalink

​Do you have a full video of the final product? I'd love to run this past our band director and collaborate with them.

robyn metcalf

Posted on 1/31/18 2:07:10 AM Permalink

Thank you- great production for special needs students​

Mike Hazlip

Posted on 12/18/17 9:43:22 PM Permalink

​Great idea! I love the idea of combining different arts and students working together.

Vincenzo Cannavale

Posted on 11/7/17 5:44:50 PM Permalink

Great work

Franco Pozo

Posted on 9/4/17 9:16:12 PM Permalink

​this is really complex. nice job!

​I love mr. mograph tutorials btw

Rita Amladi

Posted on 8/29/17 6:14:03 PM Permalink

​Nice project! Thanks for sharing.

Mohd Abdul Ahad

Posted on 7/4/17 3:20:00 AM Permalink

​nicely designed course

Anthony Smith

Posted on 5/31/17 11:32:24 AM Permalink

​I love the cross curriculum use and integrating a wonderful abstract artist like Paul Klee. Past and present meet in the digital realm. Impressive work

林 珍

Posted on 3/21/17 1:14:13 PM Permalink

Emmalee Pearson

Posted on 12/25/16 4:08:09 AM Permalink

​Wonderful! Such a great idea.

Rodney Stratton

Posted on 9/7/16 3:05:37 AM Permalink

how old were these students?

Ashley Stroud

Posted on 3/21/17 10:55:28 PM Permalink

​14-17 years old.

Liam Waldie

Posted on 9/7/16 1:29:23 AM Permalink

Very cool project! this opens many doors using Illustrator and After Effect.

Thanks for sharing!

Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 9/1/16 9:27:36 PM Permalink

Good Project
Thank you for sharing

Ashley Stroud

Posted on 9/2/16 1:37:30 AM Permalink

Thank you, Tarek!