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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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Thumbprint Self-Portrait

Here’s a great idea I found on Pin­ter­est.… You can see lots of inspir­ing exam­ples here and here.  I tried this les­son with my mid­dle school stu­dents and they really had fun with it!   For more detailed instruc­tions with pho­tos, tips, writ­ing prompts, a stu­dent gallery, and fas­ci­nat­ing fin­ger­print facts, check out my pdf on Teachers […]

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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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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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