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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Creative Lettering

We are headed into my favorite unit with the Art I kids (7th and 8th graders)!
I am taking them into a world full of alphabetical fun. 
To start the semester off, I have them create a collage of the alphabet. 
They hunt through magazines looking for A-Z, making sure that no two letters have the same style. 
It is all about variety or shape, line, form, and detail. 
I also encourage them to find letters out of pictures in the magazines; for example, an "O" out of a doughnut, or a "B" out of a butterfly. 












After they have completed the collage, it is time to create their own alphabet by hand. 
I have them fold paper into 32 boxes. 
They use the 4 in the top left corner for the A and the 4 in the bottom left corner for the Z. 
All other letters will only use up 1 box each. 
I tell them, just as the collage, each letter must be unique from all others. 
They also must fill up the space with the letter. 
I encourage them to include lots of graphic detail to set each letter even further apart from each other. 
After they are done, I have them outline them with black to sharpen up the lines. 

The two above are teacher examples...

Below are student examples...





We then choose words (3 nouns and 3 adjectives) and make the word become itself. 
We first draw out our ideas (as seen above) , then construct them from paper (as seen below)...









to see more go to my school page...
http://classroom.mineolaisd.net/default.aspx?Mrs.%20Tabitha%20Seaton/Creative%20Lettering%20Unit
 
We will also be diving into the avenue of Creative Class Notes.
Students will be introduced to Sketch Notes and how to used your art skills to help you organize your study life. This teaches them how to emphasize using a variety of size, shapes, colors, and pictures to help those tricky lectures stick.
See more of my personal notes on my Thrifty Fashion interests here...
http://thelostsocklife.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-art-of-smart-thrifting.html



More Ideas using letter art...
Illuminated Letter Portfolio Designs
http://classroom.mineolaisd.net/default.aspx?Mrs.%20Tabitha%20Seaton/Illuminated%20Letter%20Designs
Word Construction
Making the word become itself...
http://classroom.mineolaisd.net/default.aspx?Mrs.%20Tabitha%20Seaton/Word%20Construction
Pop Art Words
Illustrating Onomatopoeia Words
http://classroom.mineolaisd.net/default.aspx?Mrs.%20Tabitha%20Seaton/Pop%20Art%20Words





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