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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Word Art

Created on November 30, 2020 by Catriplett1

Students will create an image and strategically fill that image in with the name of the object(s) in the image.

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6 sessions; 30 minutes per session

1.SWBAT Define shape.
2.SWBAT Define line.
3.SWBAT Define Positive and Negative space.
4.SWBAT Manipulate the shapes of letter to fit specific spaces.

1. Drawing paper (size depends on how big you want the drawings) We usually use 9x12

2. Pencil and eraser
3. Colored pencils.

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1. Give students time to choose what images they want to use in their picture. Have them pick images that can be challenging (food works well). (10 -30 minute)

2. Have the students lightly sketch out their image on paper, trying to only draw the outline of each object. If they have to draw details to make the image correctly, they will need to erase anything inside of the outline, or trace it on to a new piece of paper. (5-15 minutes)

3. Teacher can demonstrate who to make bubble and block letters and how they might fit into specific shapes. (ex: a ball, tea cup, a spoon. (20-30 minutes)

4. Student will begin to lightly draw their letters into the shapes. Letters should fit tightly so that if you were to erase the outline of your object(s) the shape of that object will remain. Any letter that has an open, students will need to shrink the opening so that it is small. Any gaps or openings will not be colored so you do not want larger openings or gaps. (20-30 minutes)

5. Once the students have their letters placed inside of their objects, they can erase any lines that are not a part of a letter (gaps).

6. Once the students have their drawing the way they want it, they will outline each letter with colored pencils(pressing hard, so the color is bold). Then, students can softly fill in each letter with the color(s) of that object. (15-30 minutes)


I usually only allow my students to use one word per item. Ex:The tub in my example is just tub, instead of using the word tub over and over to fill the space.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[5-8] Students employ organizational structures and analyze what makes them effective or not effective in the communication of ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks
[5-8] Students integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks

Color/Value, Line, Shape, Space

Colored Pencil, Drawing