GIF Animations

This unit focuses on the field of animation. Students become animators and create compelling characters by combining expressive lines with realistic gestures. Considering unity to create the continuity between frames, animators create the illusion of movement in a 3-5 frame GIF.

Learning Objectives
  • Students will explore the expressive possibilities of line and apply their knowledge to add emotion and movement to their artwork. 

  • Students will sketch a ritual using a variety of space and adding expressive lines

  • Students will animate an important gesture in the ritual by creating a GIF

Media Arts Standards
  • Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work 

  • Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. 

  • Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

Vocabulary/Key Concepts
  • Line

  • Unity

  • Gesture

  • GIF

Wonder how this worked with students? Check out our blog post about this unit.

Instructional Resources

  • Disciplines:
  • Animation
  • Grade Levels:
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade
  • 9th Grade
  • 10th Grade
  • 11th Grade
  • 12th Grade


Student Artwork