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Dense Text Lettering

My inspi­ra­tion for this project came from the won­der­ful book, Hand Let­ter­ing, by Marci Don­ley & DeAnn Singh.  The authors call this tech­nique “Writ­ing Between the Lines”, but I think “Dense Text” describes it bet­ter.  I tried it with my mid­dle school­ers and the results were fan­tas­tic!  You’ll find so many appli­ca­tions for this fun lettering […]

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Grade 5 Portfolios — Collecting Words

 I LOVE kids’ books!!! I just dis­cov­ered a great new book, titled “Max’s Words” by Kate Banks. While this book doesn’t have a spe­cific art theme, it inspired me to cre­ate a port­fo­lio project for my 5th graders based on WORDS. Kids LOVE to col­lect things. I learned this from per­sonal expe­ri­ence, with a daugh­ter who collected […]

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Valentine Card with Negative Space Resist

Use con­tact paper and mask­ing tape to cre­ate a resist for a beau­ti­ful water­color wash back­ground! Mate­ri­als: Con­tact paper, 4 pieces 3″ x 4″ Mask­ing tape or painter’s tape (Lessen the tack­i­ness by stick­ing the tape onto your clothes first, that way it won’t tear your paper when you remove it.) Scis­sors Water­color paper, 9”x 12” […]

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Grade 5 Portfolios — Collecting Words

I LOVE kids’ books!!! I just dis­cov­ered a great new book, titled “Max’s Words” by Kate Banks. While this book doesn’t have a spe­cific art theme, it inspired me to cre­ate a port­fo­lio project for my 5th graders based on WORDS. Kids LOVE to col­lect things. I learned this from per­sonal expe­ri­ence, with a daugh­ter who […]

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Alphabet Art — The Verdict is In!

two exam­ples of first grade “Alpha­bet Art” It’s offi­cial.… every­one LOVES Alpha­bet Art! From first graders to sixth graders, the responses were all the same — this project is a hit!! A few of the youngest stu­dents had to be reminded to con­nect their let­ters, but other than that most stu­dents were able to work independently. […]

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Alphabet Art

In today’s cul­ture, some sym­bols have become so famil­iar that we’ve stopped notic­ing them. This idea is what prompted con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can artist, Jasper Johns, to cre­ate abstract paint­ings from sym­bols such as let­ters, num­bers and maps to get his view­ers to expe­ri­ence these sym­bols in new ways. Your stu­dents can fol­low these steps to share this […]

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Thank You” Drawings

With Thanks­giv­ing just around the cor­ner, what bet­ter time than now to focus your stu­dents on being thank­ful for the bless­ings in their lives? Have your stu­dents choose one thing they’re thank­ful for and teach them how to write it with “out­line let­ters”, which they can then dec­o­rate to reflect the theme of their illustration. […]

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