by Teacherlem Iglesias
Do you remember this quote from Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”? It was spoken by Daniel Day Lewis in the movie with the same title:
“Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! … How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!”
That’s how everyone feels about their name (I think). You just have to love it or bear with it. I thought it would be good motivation for this project we call– “Name Design”.
Project Title: NAME DESIGN
Samples Created by: Primary 6
Age: 11-12 years old
8” x 8” Drawing Paper
The best way to inspire students in this activity is to
(1) show some awesome Graffiti Name-samples,
(2) watch a short history of graffiti and
(3) then talk about it in class.
Here are the perfect resources to to that:
Top 20 Most Famous Graffiti Artist (above) — some of whom are established artists of today, exhibiting their work in art galleries worldwide >> http://www.graffitiknowhow.com/worlds-top-20-most-famous-graffiti-artists/#.Vg9M4eyqqko
PBS The History of American Graffiti — states that “a bunch of kids”, much like our students now, invented the art form. Very interesting indeed. >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEbYFrWUgTQ
STEP 1: Design your name in PENCIL
Ask the students to write their name using thin pencil lines first. Remind them make sure that the size of their letters must fill up most of the space on the 8” x 8” paper.
Here’s a step-step visual guide from “Graffiti Diplomacy” — http://graffitidiplomacy.com/HowToDrawBubbleLetters2.html
STEP 2: Draw around the pencil lines using a BLACK MARKER
The students need to decide first whether they are doing (1) block letters or (2) bubble letters. The difference between the two is simple– block letters have angles for corners while bubble letters have curves.
Here’s a helpful how-to video from “Mr. Otter’s Studio” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQg3-Qsl3_0
STEP 3: Create PATTERNS inside the letter shape.
It would be a great help to remind the students how to create Patterns, since it could help fill up the space inside the letters to accentuate the design.
Here’s a video on how to create 30 simple patterns from “Pic Candle” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gldYsoTIun8
STEP 4: Colour the finished art piece.
Use Coloured Pencils or Oil Pastels. The only reminder we give is that students should fill up the all letters with colours and make sure that there are no small white spaces left uncoloured.
Below are some awesome examples of what my class came up with. One thing I can say, all of my students are quite proud of their name and their art work:
If you have some extra time left for your Art period, it’s always a good opportunity to involve the students in evaluating their own work. See our blog post about EXHIBITION, PRESENTATION AND EVALUATION (please create a specific criteria for this project) >>click THIS LINK.