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RE: Name molas - make their name important


From: Hillmer, Jan (hillmjan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 22 2003 - 07:05:03 PDT

Day b4 'Winter Holiday" was nuts 2 yrs ago, so I got out black paper, metallic colored pencils and circle templates (watercolor pans). Reminded them of symmetry, reverse and flip, and had them make 4 piece mandalas using their names and symbols that were important to them. The class actually held it together and made some lovely pieces.

        -----Original Message-----
        From: Judy Decker []
        Sent: Mon 7/21/2003 11:03 PM
        To: ArtsEdNet Talk
        Subject: Name molas - make their name important

        I posted a suggestion to the lists for projects using names... Ellen posted
        this idea to Art Education. I am passing it on to you.
        I am going to be watching for projects you do using the students" names and
        portraits and will ask you for images when you have them to send to a
        special page of art projects "about me". That is a good place to get kids to
        start finding meaning in their art.....and it is so easy to do ....all kids
        can do it. (Ellen this is FYI - I shared it with every one).Name molas could
        go for many grade levels. Ellen, When you have some time - send some other
        ideas using names. I will repost thess ideas again when more teachers are
        listening (if questions come up for easy projects).
        From Ellen:
        A couple of years ago I started the year off with name projects for
        grades, 4th - 8th. The 8th grade did name molas. First they folded a
        paper lengthwise and wrote their name in cursive on the folded side.
        Then they went over their name to make their letters thick. I
        emphasized that their letters had to go off the page on the fold so when
        they cut them out they would have the mirror image of their name cut out
        also and attached. This pattern part was the same for several other of
        the name related projects, 6th grade did African mask inspired name
        project and 4th grade did insects using their name in this pattern.
            Then using their name pattern, they choose three pieces of
        construction paper in different colors. They kept one of the colors for
        the background. They folded the other two papers lengthwise and using
        their pattern cut them out. They were instructed to keep both the
        positive and negative areas of these construction papers. Then they took
        one of the paper's negative or the area around the name and enlarged the
        area trimming around the shape, taking off about a quarter of an inch.
        The positive side, the part with the writing they trimmed also making it
        smaller. They then arrange their cut out pieces of their names on the
        paper used for the background, cutting into the negative areas of the
        paper to make designs around it.
        Judy Decker - Ohio
        Incredible Art Department
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