Students spent the week building, designing, painting, embellishing, coloring, illuminating and personalizing their initials in the ”Artistic Alphabet’ summer branching out class.
The first project they tackled was building an ‘Architectural Letter.’ (Lesson plan courtesy of Dick Blick http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/architectural-letters/)
The next project for the students was to write their name in ‘graffitti’ style. (Lesson plan courtesy of Dick Blick http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/graffiti-fun-art/)
Students next had a go at ‘illuminating’ their first initial. The practice of illumination dates back to the middle ages. Students used reflective gold paper in order to create an illuminated effect. (http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/illuminated-initials/)
One of the favorite projects that the students completed this week was embellishing a wooden letter with colorful buttons.
Another project that the students worked on was bead writing. (http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/bead-writing/) They strung beads on a length of wire and then bent the wire into the shape of their name.
Students created a background for their animal styled initial using paint or markers. These letters were copied from a fabulous book called, ‘Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet’ by David McLimans.
To end the week, students designed their own pinboards once again using their initials. Cork boards were decorated with buttons, cloth letters and decorative stamps.