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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Zentangle Alphabet

Created on October 03, 2013 by MrsImpey

Students will use zentangles to design an interesting alphabet.

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4 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT identify the elements of art.
2. SWBAT design a unified alphabet.
3. SWBAT draw at least six different patterns.
4. SWBAT identify the four zentangle steps.

1. Zentangle unit note packet (attached)
2. Sharpie Markers
3. Pencils
4. Computer with word processor
5. Printer
6. Drawing paper (3" x 4")
7. Mat board
8. Project rubric (attached)

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Day 1: Review the elements and principles of art with students in their note packet. Hand out the project rubric and review project guidelines. Students can start drawing out their font by free-drawing their letters in bubble/block format or by printing off an appropriate font from a word processor and tracing the letters.

Day 2-3: Outline the letters (border of zentangle), add the string, fill with patterns and add value/color.

Day 4: Finish letters and then mount onto mat board.

See attached rubric.

This project was a "middle" project in my entire zentangle unit. This was done with an elective class comprised of 10th and 12th graders.

We used vellum drawing paper for these.


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

[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems

Color/Value, Contrast, Line, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Space, Unity/Harmony, Variety