I’ve been inspired by scrapbook artists and the magazine collage art they often create. This project lets students get creative and colorful with the letters in their name. It also shows them how adding layers to their work often adds more color and interest.
• Drawing paper, cut into 4.5″ x 6″ rectangles (one for each letter in each student’s name)
• Drawing paper, 24″ x 12″ cut into 24″ x 6″ panels (background for each name)
• Old magazines
• Glue sticks
PREP: Cut 9″ x 12″ drawing paper into fourths measuring 4.5″ x 6″. You will need to furnish each student with one rectangle for each letter in their name.
1. Students find pictures in old magazines depicting things that they like such as favorite foods, colors, animals, etc. When the magazine is torn vertically, it can produce fairly even strips. They trim the lengths into pieces to form the letters of their names. Each strip is glued to the drawing paper with a glue stick being careful to leave no raised edges.
2. Students use peeled crayons and a textured surface to make crayon rubbings around the letters, each with a different color.
2. Once dry, the students will use small peeled crayons to rub around the edges of each page using a different color for each.
3. The students will need pieces of drawing paper cut 24″x 6″ on which to mount the name pages. Each is glued to the drawing paper using a glue stick, working from left to right. Add paper for longer names and trim off any excess. Press under a stack of books to flatten.
4. When complete, the names can be hung on a wall or made to stand with a “Z” fold as pictured.