Saturday, August 1, 2015

2nd Grade Name Art

Artwork by Elsie (Duh!!!)

I use this brief lesson to teach the students block lettering and then let them individualize their "name art" even more with sections of pattern and color.  I teach them to envision the letters of their name written as simple lines as just a "skeleton" -- they've only drawn the "bones" with lines.  They draw these "bones" very lightly and then draw block letters ("putting some muscle on their bones") around these lines.  (It's not as morbid as it sounds, I promise!).  Then they divide the remainder of their space into sections and add different repeating lines and shapes -- or anything other pattern they choose to make their background interesting.  Finally, they paint their name art, ideally in a way that makes their block letter name contrast with the background.  In the past, the second grade teachers have decorated their hallway with these fancy names, so keep an eye out for them in the 200 building if you're visiting.

Artwork by Aiden

Artwork by Emory

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