If you have access to old issues of "Arts & Activities", there is a lesson in
the November 1984 issue called Calligraphics. They are a fun way to use the
calligraphy pens that gives students a short break from lettering and tedious
planning. The designs begin with a few strokes in the center of the page and
it grows from the inside out. It is formed by repeating a stroke again and
again, side by side, perhaps making it slightly longer each time (or shorter,
or more curved, etc.). This forms a shape. Find a spot to do another one, and
pretty soon you have a finished drawing.
It's a really cool project they can do in a day or repeat whenever they get
time, but you've got to see the pictures to get the right idea. Let me know
if you can't find a copy of the magazine.
P.S. I also like to have my students create their own border designs for
their quotes. I don't remember if that has been mentioned yet. After
lettering has been practiced, I ask them to turn in a page with their name in
calligraphy along with 5 lines of invented border designs. Then they can use
their favorite one around a quote.
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