Animation Spinner

Make a fun spinning animation.

This week we are looking at Paul Hartigan's funny face as inspiration.

The graphic lines and bold colour choice creates a striking image and translates well into the realm of animation.

Let’s create a double sided disc with illustration that will animate when spun!

Artist: Paul Hartigan
b. 1953
Title: Funny Face
Production Date: 1979
Media: Screenprint on paper
Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth


You will need:


Glue stick


Felt tip pens

Cup or glass to draw around to make a circle


Hole punch

Plain paper


Step 1

Draw around a glass or a cup and cut out two circles using plain paper.

Step 2

Then draw a third circle onto a piece of card and cut it out.

Step 3

Draw a picture on each circle to make your animation.

This is the tricky part, we need to think about how these illustrations will work when animated.⁠

Try getting creative with what we are drawing, how this looks when animated and what we can change or enhance to give our funny faces different characteristics!

For example eyes on one circle and a smile on the other - so when it spins it will make a funny face.

Step 4

Then using the hole punch make holes in each side of your circle.

Cut out two equal lengths of string and thread each piece through each hole and tie the string to the circle.

Step 5

Glue your pictures to the card circle making sure your drawings match up. 

All Done!

You are ready to start spinning your animation spinner.

Have fun!


How did your artwork turn out? We would love to see your creation!

Share it with us, take a photo and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #GBCreate or email it to us: and we can share it for you.⁠⠀⁠⠀⠀⁠⠀