Learning objects Character maker: visual attributes

TLF ID L2851

Build animated characters for a new cartoon show. Choose visual attributes to communicate information about your cartoon character’s personality to the audience. Choose shapes and items to suit a character's personality. Combine elements such as body shape, head size, clothing and accessories. For example, choose a relatively large, round head to suit a friendly character. Make all of the elements work together to give a clear message to the audience. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore the development of an animation character using visual attributes to create meaning.
  • Students apply visual conventions to construct and shape meaning.
  • Students combine visual elements to suit a target audience.
  • Students explore how stereotypes are applied in children's television.
  • Students change a set of multimodal elements within a text to alter the meaning of the text as a whole.
Educational value
  • Illustrates how animated characters are composed to create particular meanings.
  • Introduces the concept of stereotypes and how they contribute to the process of character construction.
  • Provides a model scene to establish visual character composition techniques and their effects on an audience.
  • Provides a selection of visual elements for students to assemble, review and edit to suit a given target audience.
  • Provides feedback on the visual design of characters via a mentor character.
  • Includes an option to print a certificate summarising key principles of visual character composition techniques.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9

Learning area
  • english
  • English/Literacy
  • English/Literature
    • English/Composition
    • English/Audience
    • English/Critical literacy
    • English/Editing
    • English/Linguistic structures and features
    • English/Listening
    • English/Media
    • English/Multimedia texts
    • English/Text construction
    • English/Reviewing
    • English/Visual texts
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Listening activity;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Comprehension activity
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Annemaree O'Brien
    • Address: Hawthorn VIC 3122 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Annemaree O'Brien
    • Address: Hawthorn VIC 3122 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
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