SchoolArts Magazine

Summer 2019

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Peter Henry, grade five. any one thing—iris, lips, hair, back- ground, etc. I had a student with a shock of electric-blue hair color only that part of his portrait. Finally, I put out alphabet stamps and let students stamp their names in the negative space around their portrait or across their shirt. The work "speaks" for itself, and it's a great final representation of the students as they transition from elementary school. Some parents have collections of their children's microg - raphy projects framed at home. Scott Russell is an art teacher at Ball's Bluff Elementary School, Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia. w.scott.russell@ lcps.org N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K The Gawno Magazine micrography article: gawno.com/2009/05/microg- raphy-text-art-and-typography/ Eve Kaufman, grade five. students can color the pupil and eye- lashes if they like, but some put their initials in the pupils instead. Stu - dents can write in any language they choose. I've also seen students with freckles spell out words as their freck - les, spacing letters across their cheeks. I let students decide if they want to start writing/working with pencil or with ultrafine black markers. When all the words are traced so that the whole face is text, the pencil marks are erased. Most students will only follow the contour lines, but others want to fill in the negative spaces, too. A Shock of Color For the most part, we have left the portraits black and white, but, more recently, I've asked students to select one accent color. They can color Micrograph s the practice of using diminutive letters to form representational, geometric, or abstract designs, usuall n black and white. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 37

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