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Constructing Thaumatropes: Explore continuous streams of motion and illusions of motion

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During School Day, After School, Summer
Field Trip, Off Campus Professional Development
Prof. Dev., 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted, Special Ed, Bilingual


In this two- and half-hour program, participants will have the opportunity to have free unstructured play in the Climb, Crawl, Slide sculpture, explore the lower level play installations, and learn the creative process through creative instruction. Constructing Thaumatropes: Optical Illusions that operate by switching between two images so rapidly that the images appear as one image. This unit will explore continuous streams of motion and illusions of motion. Participants will understand that forces cause change and energy exists in many forms by investigating the phenomenon of persistence of vision. Create thaumatropes that go along with your unit or from the examples provided. Students will be able to do express motion animation through their self created art thaumatrope as an original artwork.

Students Will

  • will be inspired by the history of thaumatropes and the optical illusions provided to show the relationship with force, motion and energy in creating their own thaumatrope.
  • will evaluate their art in process and make any needed changes to improve their art and construction of the thaumatrope
  • ill add their own personalization to make a unique thaumatrope inspired by the thaumatrope examples provided in the lesson plan.


Dates: August 2019 - July 2020
Times: 9:30-12:00 or 12:30-3
Duration: 2.5 hours
School Fee: Price Per Student: $12.00
Minimum Attendance: 25
Maximum Attendance: 150
Bilingual: No
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Instructions: •Group reservation – Fees range from $10-$20 per student, per 2.5-hour session, depending on which wildly creative activity is chosen. •For more information and to register, please visit
Deadline: 2 weeks prior
Cancellation Policy: In the event that you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, and your request is received by SPARK! with more than 30-days notice, you will receive a 25% refund of amount already paid. If SPARK! is closed due to circumstances beyond our control (e.g. inclement weather, utility outage, or any other issue that may prohibit our ability to deliver a true SPARK! experience) all programs will automatically be canceled and 100% refund will be issued. If SPARK! is open, but your group chooses not to come, no refund will be issued. NOTE: If the Dallas Independent School District closes for inclement weather, so does SPARK! If you have questions as to whether or not SPARK! is open during inclement weather, you can check,, (972) 925-3700 or (214) 421-7727.
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