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Kaleidoscope Lettering - New & Improved!

Kaleidoscope Lettering – New & Improved!






While I love creating new art projects to keep things fresh and interesting, some of the older projects are just so good, they’re worth repeating year after year…. which also gives me the chance to keep improving them! Kaleidoscope Lettering is one of those projects! It uses the concepts of bilateral (reflective) symmetry, tessellation, and positive/negative space to transform names, initials, or inspiring words into unique […]






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Portfolio Project for Middle School – Graffiti Names






I chose to make my sample using my own name, so no one could complain about their name being too long! This year, my previously K-6 elementary school has added a middle school.  Now Art has become an elective class for 6th and 7th graders (an 8th grade will be added next year).  This means […]






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Name Tangles






“Name Tangles” are a fun way to create a cool design using your name or another word of your choice. Try adapting this idea for a unique greeting card design! Materials: 9×12 white construction paper Pencil and eraser Black markers, fine and broad point Directions:1. Use large stick letters to write your name, beginning with […]






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Cursive Cut-outs






I posted this lesson awhile back as “Name Aliens”, but I’ve since figured out a better way to teach this, so I improved the directions. As soon as kids can write their names in cursive, they’re ready to create these whimsical creatures! To make “bugs”, just add six legs instead of two! (Adapted from the […]






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Stained Glass Name Designs






This is a simple project, and a great introduction to the concept of positive and negative space for younger kids. Any project using their names is typically a guaranteed hit!! Materials: White paper, any size Pencil and eraser Black chisel tip markers Water-based markers in a variety of colors Vocabulary:Positive Space – the object or […]






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Kaleidoscope Lettering Design






Upper grade “Allison” , colored in warm colors with colored pencilsLower grade “Allison”, colored in cool colors with markers (the same lettering, but traced only four times instead of eight!) Kids love to create interesting designs with their names… a fun project to start off a new school year and a great way to create motivation […]






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Name Aliens






“Name Alien” by Robert Here’s a fun symmetry project that I adapted from another really old book, “Paper Designs” by Jerome C. Brown. It’s out of print, but can still be found through used book sellers. When students are comfortable with writing their names in cursive, they are ready for this project…. I do this […]






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