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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!)
Combine art and math concepts to create an engaging project with a variety of applications! Kaleidoscope Lettering uses the concepts of bilateral (reflective) symmetry, tessellation, and positive/negative space to transform a name, initials, or an inspiring word into a unique design that looks much more complicated to create than it actually is.
Kids love to create interesting designs with their names… a fun project to start or end the school year! Or have students choose an inspiring word that’s meaningful to them for a New Year’s resolution. It’s also a relaxing activity for early finishers, a stress-releaser to pull out after testing, or a fun project to offer as a reward as the school year is winding down. No matter when you do it, students will be proud of their unique, colorful designs!
Names and inspiring words are great ways to create motivation and make each project personal. You can choose from 3 levels (basic, intermediate, or advanced) to adapt this lesson to the needs and abilities of your students.
 Here are the materials you’ll need for each student:
  • 2 square pieces of paper the same size (copy paper usually works well)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Scissors
  • Black “F” Sharpie
  • Colored pencils or markers
You can read about my ‘new & improved’ version of this lesson and see more examples here. Check out my detailed pdf packed with step-by-step photos and lots of helpful tips in my TpT store!

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  1. I love it! We make Rangoli patterns for Diwali each year and I can see that this would make a really interesting twist for some of the older students. Thank you :D

  2. Hi my name is Alyssa and I am a seventh grader. In my Art class we foleded to 8 triangles but didn't use sissors. For the tracing we used carbon paper. Then it showed up on the back. (It looks really cool when you look at it while someone is drawing). I think that that's how it should be done. Email me if you have any questions.
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  3. Sorry for this. Its Alyssa again and wanted to say also that these look really good. I like the Warms colors you picked. (NO JOKE). I don't like the colors I choose for mine. All my favorite colors don't go well together. Wait then again I really like how the blue colors went together. Your a really good artist. Of I were you I would make a lot more things and hang them up in my house. I loe your work and your name!

  4. Used this art idea this week with my grade 8’s. They loved it and everyone was successful! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. This is super cool! The only thing I suggest is that you space out the older students symmetry and/or younger kids symmetry