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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 lots […]

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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: 9x12 white con­struc­tion paper Pen­cil and eraser Black mark­ers, fine and broad point Direc­tions:1. Use large stick let­ters to write your name, begin­ning with the first […]

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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 objects you […]

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Kaleidoscope Name Design

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

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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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