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Designing an ILLUMINATED Letter is a fun art activity for students ranging in age from 6 to 86!
The project focuses on developing skill with detail, intricate ornament and decoration. Students can continue to elaborate their letter almost indefinitely.
Imagination and originality is encouraged with drawing creatures and plant forms.
The lesson is intrinsically differentiated - as each student will challenge him or herself with more or less complex drawing content. Yet an effective final result can be achieved without any real observational drawing skill as well.
Viewing the and other Calligraphy Art for inspiration makes this into a cross-disciplinary activity (History/ Culture/ Art). Naturally writing a story in Language Arts with letter Illuminations in the text could be great fun as well.
Useful Rubric included.