Artistic alphabets & words

If there were no lines or shapes would there be written alphabets?  Find out more in –

Ox, House, Stick, The History of Our Alphabet

By Don Robb

Alphabets can be artistic, too.dscn9126

Word Designs

  • Think of a word that’s interesting to you.
  • Draw two horizontal lines across the paper.
  • Write your word with the letters touching the top and bottom lines.
  • Find shapes around the letters.
  • Color shapes with oil pastels.
  • Brush a watercolor wash on top.



Grade 2

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Beautiful Oops!

We read Beautiful Oops! by Barney Salzburg – a story that shows tears, spills, and ink blots transformed into something new.



Then, children picked pieces of white drawing paper sprinkled with random black ink spots. They drew lines and shapes with black ink pens to express their personal ideas.


“Space ship”

Grade 1

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Back to School

The longest line


Draw the longest line…

try not to cross over.


On the wall outside the art room,

connect your line to a classmates’ line.

What is a line?

Who invented lines?

How do artists use lines?

What different kinds of lines you see?

How do lines and shapes make pictures?

How do pictures tell stories?

Would there be written alphabets if there were no lines or shapes?

Grade 3

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Habits of Mind

Develop craft –

Understand techniques and demonstrate that understanding.


 Stretch and Explore –

Reach beyond the familiar and explore playfully.


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Open studio

During a week of independent choices, children expressed new ideas by revisiting art tools and materials used during the past 11 weeks of school.

Grades 1, 2, and 3

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Drawing on top of prints


The next art class our prints were dry. We envisioned new possibilities to complete them using drawing materials.

How would you add on or transform some of your prints? 

We tested colored markers, drawing pencils, black drawing pens and Prismacolor pencils. 

Which work well on black ink? Which drawing materials do you prefer? Why?


Grades 1, 2, 3

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Mandalas / Radial drawings 

Grades 1, 2, 3

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