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I have been using this print and go art project on the first day of school for years. This quiet, thoughtful, and independent activity helps you get a sense of student’s personalities, creativity, and work ethic. It can take as much independent time as you allow it, and when they are finished, their art work is a great conversation starter for a turn and talk, group share, or writing prompt. It also looks amazing on your bulletin board! I line the lockers in my classroom with them all year long.
First, students will choose personality traits that represent them from a long list of traits (list provided) or choose their own. Then, students will practice stretching each letter of their name and traits to fit the space (practice sheet provided). Be sure to make extra copies of the practice sheet so that students who don’t fully understand can practice until they get it right. This is what gives the look of the art project it’s interesting and unique look. Lastly, students complete their final design on a separate piece of paper (final copy provided).
Adding color can make or break the design. I usually suggest students use color marker or sharpies only on the lines of the letters. Any color used to fill in space should be with crayons or colored pencils.
Typically, most students can complete these in one or two 50 minute advisories to complete. Students who take their time and have amazing craftsmanship will usually take more time. It is worth it to give students all the time they need. The final projects always look so creative and unique when they are finished. Also, students produce better art work when they can see a physical example, so make sure you complete your own! It will be a great way to introduce yourself to your students too.
I would love to hear how your students enjoy this activity and if you have any feedback or suggestions. Enjoy!