We began our unit on Walt Disney with a new project. Although personally I am not a huge Disney fan, I have always appreciated the inventiveness and skill shown in the cell animation through the Disney studios. I developed a project where the students could try to create their own animation cell. A watercolor background scene was created using a lighter value watercolor wash on thick paper. The students were given a clear acetate sheet and a sample drawing of some main Disney characters to trace with sharpie markers. We talked about scale and placement on the cell and how the characters were made to show movement. A second layer could be created to show details in the environment like trees or bushes. The students could quickly make their character "move" through the scene by moving the acetate layer. They were very captivated with their work and enjoyed the effect.