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An instant lesson where students can learn and practice a lettering style which is has relaxed designer/architect style about it.
Included is the following which are all on grid paper:
- A sample Alphabet.
- A dotted version for students to trace.
- A space where the lines a ruled in with the 'high X height.'
- A final grid page for students to practice further.
This task opens the way for students to develop their own free hand alphabets. It also increases their understanding of typography and introduces the notion of a typeface obeying a set of rules. I have found students to be very motivated by this task.
Simple steps are included as follows:
1. Draw in the horizontal lines including the high X height.
2. Draw in letters REALLY lightly including construction lines (such as circles for the S).
3. Draw over the letters with a marker.
4. Draw around the marker edges with a felt tipped pen.
I have found that when students are taught this carefully and are made to take their time, they really enjoy this activity.
*One of the keys to is encourage them to work lightly first (lead or blue pencil).
I even teach students how to draw light lines by holding the pencil closer to the end.