Words / Letters – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 22 Ways to Combine Writing & Art to Encourage Creativity http://www.teachkidsart.net/22-ways-to-combine-writing-art-to-encourage-creativity/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:11:38 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4854

I recently had the privilege of helping my adult daughter edit the manuscript for her first book. Her first real, published book. A book with an agent, a publisher, a release date (April 2017), and it’s own pre-order page on Amazon. A proud parenting milestone for sure! But this book of hers has been a long time in the making. […] ]]>
Kaleidoscope Lettering – New & Improved! http://www.teachkidsart.net/kaleidoscope-lettering-new-improved/ Sat, 18 Jun 2016 01:07:01 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4836

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 […] ]]>
Dense Text Lettering http://www.teachkidsart.net/dense-text-lettering/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/dense-text-lettering/#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2012 05:57:58 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=1499

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 http://www.teachkidsart.net/grade-5-portfolios-collecting-words-2/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/grade-5-portfolios-collecting-words-2/#comments Wed, 22 Sep 2010 02:30:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2010/09/grade-5-portfolios-collecting-words.html

 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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Valentine Card with Negative Space Resist http://www.teachkidsart.net/valentine-card-with-negative-space/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/valentine-card-with-negative-space/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2010 06:26:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2010/01/valentine-card-with-negative-space-resist.html

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 […] ]]>
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Grade 5 Portfolios – Collecting Words http://www.teachkidsart.net/grade-5-portfolios-collecting-words/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/grade-5-portfolios-collecting-words/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2009 23:48:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2009/09/grade-5-portfolios-collecting-words-2.html

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 […] ]]>
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Alphabet Art – The Verdict is In! http://www.teachkidsart.net/alphabet-art-verdict-is-in/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/alphabet-art-verdict-is-in/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2009 06:31:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2009/02/alphabet-art-the-verdict-is-in.html

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 […] ]]>
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Alphabet Art http://www.teachkidsart.net/alphabet-art/ Tue, 17 Feb 2009 23:55:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2009/02/alphabet-art.html

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 […] ]]>
“Thank You” Drawings http://www.teachkidsart.net/giving-thanks/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/giving-thanks/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2008 07:06:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2008/11/giving-thanks.html

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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