Submitted by: Denise Pannell, Fairview Elementary in Sherwood, OH UNIT: Sketchbooks - Lettering - Name Design Lesson: Radial Name Design Grade Level: Elementary (these are grade five)
Objectives: The students will:
Be introduced to lettering as an art form.
Review symmetry and radial symmetry and view examples
Create a radial symmetrical design using their names as the center.
1) Hand out sketchbooks (pre-made using book binder, drawing paper and two colors of tagboard for covers).
2) Students decide which side will be the cover and write their names on the back of the sketchbook.
3) Hand out worksheets for practicing bubble letters and have students practice writing their first names.
4) Discuss radial symmetry and give examples, including rose windows.
5) Using the first page in their sketchbooks, students practice creating a radial design around their bubble lettered names.
6) Remind students not to let the design become rectangular and also not to squeeze the design around the edges. Allow the design to go off the page and come back on.
7) After the design is approved, students draw their radial design on to the cover of their sketchbook.
8) Design is outlined in black permanent marker.
9) Design is colored using colored Gel Markers. Remind students to leave some of the cover uncolored to allow the original color to show.
Sketchbook with blank cover (colored tag board), pencil, eraser, lettering handouts, black Permanent Markers, colored Gel Markers.
If you don't have a bookbinding machine at your school, consider
using colored folders with three hole punched paper. Get some parent volunteers to help assemble books.
Folders can be bought in bulk.
Fold Paper Hot-dog style in half (18" or 45.75 cm) and repeat folding--Now you have a long hot dog!
Open up and now fold Hamburger style in half (12" or 30.5 cm) and repeat folding and repeat folding again.
Open up your paper and you should have four rectangles by eight rectangles
On the creases, draw straight black lines with black marker so that the rectangles stand out. Â (Use ruler etc if needed)
With pencil print your name in large capital letters--one in each rectangle. Â Do not skip any rectangles and keep repeating your letters until you run out of rectangles. Â Large letters! Â Trace with black marker. You will end with your name not completed.
Design the first letter by adding a simple color or pattern but you must repeat the exact color for every matching letter.
M I C H A E L M
Â I C H A E L M I
C H A E L M I C
H A E L M I C H
(I cannot draw the rectangles very8 quickly so imagine them there)
If the M rectangle is red and blue stripes, then every M will be exactly the same red and blue stripes. ( Repetition and Pattern)
f your name is 4 or 8 letters, always add your last name letter to make it 5 & 9.
I have also said to change double letters so that the first one is a specific design/pattern and the second is a different design/pattern. Hope you can understand this. Â I have examples for each stage at school and students' examples.
I then had them use this for the front and back of their art sketchbook (another project)