Friday Family Arts: Fun with Flipbook Animation

Activity example courtesy Austin Kwidzinski.

In this installment of Friday Family Arts, The Reach invites you to join us for a live art making session with instructor Austin Kwidzinski!

Have you ever wondered how the artists behind beloved animated films bring their characters to life? Our facilitator will take you on a behind-the-scenes look at the principles of animation like “squash and stretch” which is a technique that gives weight and volume to characters as they move. With your new knowledge, you’ll be able to create your very own basic flipbook while incorporating other animation fundamentals such as pose-to-pose, timing, and staging into your work.

This is a virtual session that was streamed through Facebook Live on Friday, August 14 at 1:30pm.

This 30 minute session is for ages 8 and up and is most fun when working in pairs or groups. Younger children should work together with adults or older children.


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Did you know?

The very first flipbook was called a “Kineograph” which literally means “a moving picture.” The flipbook was invented in 1868 by British printer John Barnes Linnett.


We’ve designed this activity with materials that you probably already have around your house. If you plan on purchasing materials in advance, some art and craft stores offer curbside pickup for items (e.g., Dollarama, House of Fine Arts, or Michaels in Abbotsford).

Materials needed per participant:

  1. Light box / Phone / Tablet (If participants don’t have a light box, our instructor will show you how to use a phone or tablet as a light source.)
  2. Index cards (31 cards minimum)
  3. Fine-tip Sharpie / thin black pen
  4. Pencil
  5. Sharpener
  6. Eraser


Instructions for setting up your at-home art making station before the class begins:

  1. Cover any surfaces you don’t want to get paint on and consider wearing an apron to protect your clothes from black paint/ink.
  2. Set out your paper and materials.
  3. Place your computer/phone in front of your workstation so you can follow along as Austin teaches the class.
  4. Tune into Facebook Live on August 14 at 1:30 pm, by visiting For instructions on how to watch Facebook Live Videos, click here: Once the event is over, you can find the video on our YouTube page.

Share your creation with your social media following. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram (@thereachgallery) and Twitter (@TheReach) and use the hashtag #TheReachAtHome.

Thanks to the generosity of the Prospera Credit Union we are able to offer this program for free!



If you use this free resource with your students at school / at home, we’d love to hear from you! Send an email to Diana Hiebert (Curator of Learning and Community Engagement at The Reach) at, with your comments including the number and age range of participants. This statistical information is important to us as a not-for-profit organization and will allow us to continue offering this kind of content.