Optical Illusions

On Saturday afternoon Cat’s animation class were making Thaumatropes, a fun optical creation from Victorian times. The word Thauma is derived from Greek, meaning a wonder or marvel, and Trope way, or to turn. It usually consists of a disc, with an image on one side and an image on the other, when spun quickly the two images merge, to create one image. The flickering effect tricks our visual senses, the same way it does when we watch the moving image on screen. The class expanded on this idea with two discs criss-crossed, and created some spinning 4 frame animated loops.

Check out the animated videos here...

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