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. Contrast with radiating lines in the negative space. 5th graders designed a fish, adding their first name in block letters to the design.
Marker drawing using the letters in their names to form a design and colored with marker Variation - Select Words/Truisms instead of Names.
The Word as Art - by Marvin Bartel "Select a word or truism and create it out of the something that represents that word.
like making a letter into the shape of family pet or ballet shoes, etc. I've done it as a wax resist, we discuss symbols in art and look at some various symbolic shapes, designs, then students trace their hands and draw symbols to represent their families, interests, pets, successes... this also makes a nice display for hallways, bulletin boards...
Name Portrait - Micrography - from Judy Decker Lesson idea for upper elementary through middle school.
This gives you an opportunity to connect the names with the students. You might also want students to research the meaning of their name. This lesson can be done with colored pencils, markers or Crayons. Barbara says students loved the Chalk and Pastels Lesson Idea, and the kids who love cartooning could practice bubble letters in 3-D.
They then filled ever part of the fish (except their name) with a variety of patterns. You can tweak it to be any kind of animal- maybe even let the kiddies choose their "totem animal" (or "spirit animal" that represents them best - See animal symbolism.The students were given a pre-cut board, about the size I thought was right for the length of the individual's name. They formed letters out of bread dough worms they rolled, making them the right size for the boards they had just sanded.The students first sanded the board smooth, and screwed in two little hooks for hanging the board. We let the letters sit until dry, then I baked the bread dough letters in the oven until completely dry and hard.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.If anyone does this lesson, please send an image to the Incredible Art Department.Supplies: 12x12 (30.5 x 30.5 cm) White Drawing Paper, Drawing Pencils, carbon paper (or Saral Transfer Paper), Aqua Markers, Sharpie Fine Point Markers Procedure: Markers will then be used to give color to the design"if one letter in the name is colored blue for example all the rest of those same letters will be that color.From Maggie White: I did a name design lesson similar to Marcia's that came out super!The students had to make the letters touch the sides of the page, so a lot of negative/positive spaces were created. It was especially interesting, with all-girl and all-boy classes, to compare the boys' aesthetic sense with the girls.They filled in the negative spaces with different patterns, and left the letters blank. (Maggie did this with 6th grade) Abstract Design From Denise Pannell: Second graders create abstract name designs.Next class they painted the letters with tempera, then chose a second color and painted the board. Then student's glued the painted name onto the board and put a few fancy lines or rick rack around the edges of the board with paint.With a string for hanging the boards they were finished!