Illuminated Letter The project brought out a level of creativity amongst the students that continues as they develop their own art. Curriculum/State Standards Understanding the role of visual art in people’s lives and the historical, cultural and social contexts they contribute. Creative expression and communication. Understanding how to use the elements and principles of art and created images to communicate ideas. Valuing the arts and aesthetic reflection. Understanding relationships between and among concepts and Ideas that are common across subjects in the curriculum Overview Each student designed their own personalized letter in the illuminated medieval style coupled with the modern method of Zentangle® drawing skills. Students learned the elements of art such as line, shape, texture and color to enhance their letter as well as the use of various media such as moving from a pencil to pen. Students will have created an individual and unique work of art. Objectives The student will learn how books and letters were created before the invention of the printing press during medieval times. The student will engage the right side of the brain in drawing and designing, inspired by the Zentangle® method of pattern drawing created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Website zentangle. com The student will experience drawing techniques using an ultra fine marker to create letters of their own. The student will relax while creating art Materials liv es . ® g sc gin hoo l supplies. chan GRADE LEVEL watercolor paper 12” x 18” / various drawing paper. watercolor sets metallic markers Zentangle® books graphite pencils ultra fine pens ultra fine black pens gel pens blending sticks kneaded erasers Sharpie pens Saral transfer paper Readiness Activity Students were presented with the historical background and design of medieval art books incorporating Illuminated Letters. Books of the medieval period originally were created and recopied by hand, instead of the printing press, the lettering styles used were a form of art. Students watched a demonstration of Zentangle® pattern designs, which is the art of creating images using repetitive patterns of drawing. Students also viewed different websites on Zentangle® via an iPad. Students practiced Zentangle® patterns with different media on a variety of paper, note cards, bookmarks, canvas, and masks. The purpose was to familiarize the students with the methods of Zentangle® and to prepare them for their own Illuminated Letter Project. Strategies/Activities 1) Learn how books and letters were created before the invention of the printing press. What part did Medieval Art and History THIS WINNING PROJECT IDEA SUBMITTED BY: Danielle Kutis West Park Catholic Academy Cleveland, OH 6-8 8 HOURS $495 TOTAL BUDGET Illuminated Letter ....continued.... play in the creation of Illuminated Letters, the printed book and Illuminated Manuscripts? 2) Present tools for drawing and creating letter. How does the understanding of materials, processes, tools, media, techniques, and technology benefit the creation of artwork? 3) Show examples of illuminated letter projects using Zentangle® techniques. Why do artist create art using patterns like Zentangle®? 4) Handouts of Zentangle® designs. 5) Drawing techniques using an ultra fine tip black permanent marker. Demonstrate the uses of Elements of Art: line, shape, texture, and color. 6) Create and develop and understand individual Zentangle® designs. 7) Demonstrate the set up using a template for border and letter setup. 8) Use templates to create borders and letters. 9) Describe the purposes different people have for creating works of art: interest, professional, relaxation, art students, doodling, books, cards, artwork and enjoyment. Culminating Activity Students were challenged to work with different materials and media, to think creatively on the project. Observe students while learning and practicing Zentangle® patterns. Class Critique. Student self-evaluation using a rubric. Grade Illuminated Letter. Evaluation Method 1) Students will be under observation throughout the project to evaluate understanding of the methods used and skills learned, through hands on practice. 2) Students will undergo a class critique as a compare and contrast of styles and design 3) What were the student’s thoughts about what they have learned? A student self-evaluation will be given using a rubric that includes effort, artisanship, and creativity. 4) A final grade will be given based on correct completion of the project.
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