This was one of my favorite units to teach this year, and the kids loved it because they created a work of art based on their favorite cartoon character. I designed this lesson so that I could incorporate math (how many animation cels are needed for a half hour cartoon), and current events (we held an election of what cartoon character we would make as a class) to supplement subject matter they were learning about in their classrooms.
I have always been intrigued with animation and how cartoons were made. When I stumbled upon boxes of overhead projector slides being thrown away, I knew I could recycle them into artwork. This experiment turned out to be one of the lessons that the kids were most excited about all year.