Since my time at Spring Lake was so limited I decided I wanted to have a lasting impact with the school district. As a result, our 3 Design 1 classes visited the 4 Kindergarten classrooms at the Elementary School next door and used it as inspiration to design a full alphabet for the classrooms.
The inspiration for letters came from the Daily Drop Cap blog done by Jessica Hische in the early part of her career. We talked about how many ways you really can design a letter! Students were really excited after seeing the blog.
Questions they asked included:
What is your favorite animal?
What holiday do you like best?
What kind of food do you like for lunch?
What makes you happy?
What kinds of colors do you like?
When doing self-assessments at the end of the trimester, students were most proud of these projects. The expectations were high because these letters would be viewed and admired for a long time after they had finished the class. Our classes worked very hard to make 4 complete alphabets for the kindergarten classes. The end results were not only encouraging, but inspiring as a new teacher!
National Standards Addressed
Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.
Analyze, select, and curate artifacts and/or artworks for presentation and preservation.
Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas.