Tell the story of your culture or neighborhood though a stop motion photo-movie with strategic coloring to emphasize a key feature (maybe a symbol of your culture or community). Change the color of this feature over time to indicate a change in mood, or travel through the color wheel or spectrum. You can use found images or shoot your own photographs.


Favianna Rodriguez is a printmaker who uses color, line and shape to tell stories and create messages about her community.


  • Brainstorm key features or symbols of your culture or community that you can easily find in your local surroundings. Find an object representative of this symbol around your home, your neighborhood or elsewhere.
  • Take photographs of the object in a variety of settings and times of day. Remember to change your angles as you shoot, and experiment lighting and your distance from the object. Try to incorporate some of what you learned from previous chapters on line, shape and form.
  • Open your photos in one of the photo apps below. Desaturate it, meaning remove all color and make the images black and white or "grayscale."
  • Select your feature or symbolic object and apply selective color to it. Make sure your object changes color according to a theme or harmony of you choice in each of the photos. Color Matters is a great place to explore color theory and color in food, fashion and culture. Save these images and title them by color.
  • Animate your photos, placing them in a timeline that tells a story using Flipagram or another stop-motion or movie-making app.


GIMP — Selectively crop, desaturate (uncolor) and colorize your photos

PicArt Photo Studio — Colorize your photos as well & even has an online contest where you can submit your images

PhotoShop Elements — Do all the above from colorizing to animating your photos into a movie.



How do colors cross borders and change the meaning of an image as they change? Share your answer along with your stop-motion color story online and tag #ArtSchoolElements.