Have the students
create their names in block letters on the 6 by 17 inch newsprint.
Fill the entire space. All letters are six inches tall and they should
fill the 17 inches. Emphasize the use of rulers, block letters, and
the same height of letters.
hint: It will help if the students first make blocks for each
letter and then form the letters inside the boxes. It is easier if
all of the letters (and blocks) are touching. So, Sammy made five
Helpful hint: I recommend the use of strips of cereal boxes
to be sure all the letters are a consistent width. Most of these strips
I cut are 1 inch in width. However, students with lots of letters
in their names might need thinner strips and kids with shorter names
might need wider strips. Use these strips for all letters. An "I"
is simply one strip in width as you can see in Faith's example. Use
the strip four times to make the letters "A" and "M"..
It is much easier if all letters have square corners instead of curves.
If kids want curves, it's possible. But, square corners as Sammy did
with the "S" are much easier.
After the nightmare
of getting the names drawn in even block letters, demonstrate how
to color with pencil on the back of the paper to make "homemade
tracing paper". Never heard of it? Well, it is a great
little trick. Using soft leaded pencils, color the back of the 6 by
17 inch paper. Next, on the final 6 by 18 drawing paper, place a one
inch ruler along the bottom of the paper (the 18 inch portion). Trace
along the top of the ruler. This creates the line for the bottom of
the name. Now center the newsprint with the name on that line. Tape
it in place on the left and right with little pieces of masking tape.
It's not difficult to transfer the design to the drawing paper. When
you trace on top of the name, the pencil lead on the back of the page
will transfer the name to the final art paper. You don't need to push
hard. Again use rulers to make sure the letters are perpendicular.
Set a vanishing
point somewhere on the upper portion of the page. It works
best if a ruler is placed along the top edge of the paper and the
dot is on the other side of the ruler, about an inch down on the page.
I personally prefer the dot in the center of the page, but let the
kids make their own decisions.
letters to the vanishing point to give the names depth. If you look
at the examples, it helps to clairfy how to do this. Try to make sure
the lines meet at the vanishing point. You don't want a vanishing
the letters, each one should be a subject that interests the kids.
You want to learn things about them. Move kids away from subjects
like the Simpsons and Superman. That just means they watch television.
You want to learn more about real interest. Also, it's better to draw
huge instead of small. Faith especially did this well with the musical
notes and volleyball.
fine black marker using rulers. (Some kids will need one on one supervision
to help outline the letters well. You can do this with them individually
while kids illustrate the letters.)
Color the front
illustrations with colored pencils. The top portion of each letter
should be a value study of the color
with steps from the full color to a gradual decrease down to white.
(Sammy did this well.) The sides of each letter should be a shade
of that color. I suggest one light coat of the color and a second
light coat of black colored pencil.
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2012 by Phillip Martin All rights reserved.