The 'Bouncing Ball' is the first Flash assignment taught at King Arts, Nichols, and Chute. Students create one simple shape, an oval, and make it appear to be a ball bouncing inside the stage. The element of time is introduce in the form of a key frame.
An alternate method is for students to draw the ball freehand, emphasizing the idea of squash and stretch, so that when the ball is in motion it appears elongated towards the direction it is falling (this is the stretch). When the ball hits a surface it squashes, creating a deflated look.
This tutorial was created by Ms. Esposito.