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Sears, Ellen wrote:
> I just finished some letter color/space designs with fourth graders -
> They had to use their initial as the subject -
> I cut tag board into various sizes (2"x 3"; 4.5" x 3".... squares and skinny
> rectangles) we spent two days cutting out letter patterns - I started with
> showing them how to 'cut out what was not the letter' - that way they ended
> up with fuller letters, instead of skinny cut outs around a written
> I started out with simple letters (like bubbles) - moved to letters that
> were less recognizable -
> they practiced patterns on 12 x 18 paper - we talked about radial patterns,
> flipping the letters for mirror images, half drops, interlocking forms...
> the letters should meet in areas to create new shapes in the negative space
> the final was on 15" x 20" - we talked about different color families, and
> good color choices - they drew their favorite pattern, and now they are
> using oil pastels to fill in - some are making the negative space stand out
> more (a funky 'e' creates a repeated arrow when lined up) -
> They look great -
> We also did a signature design last year - do their names in a graffiti
> style - we used oil pastels then too - color in the signature - use varying
> widths of lines to trace around the name... the drawing should be cut into
> 3" squares, reassemble on paper that has a grid drawn on it - glue down -
> look at Klee's signature series -
> > ----------
> > From: Eliza Jones
> > Sent: Friday, October 1, 1999 9:10 AM
> > To: art list
> > Subject: funky lettering or graffiti art lesson plans?
> > Does anyone have a lesson plan based on lettering? My inner city
> > 6th-9th graders love bubble letters and graffiti art . . . we have limited
> > materials right now and I'm looking for cool lesson plans that sneak in
> > some
> > of the principles of design while kids learn how to design their own
> > alphabets or letter forms.
> > Suggestions?