Can you make out her name?
First what is the Project?
The students are to take the card stock sheet and working in pencil, make a line down the center of the sheet, either with a ruler or free hand. (Encourage free hand.) Then print/write/sign their name above but along the line. All the letters extending below the line are to be ignored and omitted. Following this, replicate this like a reflection in water, below the line. Another way of saying it is to reflect the name above the line in mirror image below the line.
Then the students must look at the whole affect and create a space creature or some insect or bug out of what they see. This is now the bones for something exciting to create.
Below is an example of this. Dillen's name appears as a reflection below the center line. He then decided that his character would stand upright using the two first letters "D" of his name as feet. Once he had finished making his character out of the whole image, he used a black marker to outline it and begin to design it. Following this the students used colored markers to color and complete the creation of the creature they have made.
1. There is the whole discussion of one's "signature" and what that is and what that means.
Your identity is in your signature. There is this revolutionary idea that many "signatures" do not clearly spell out the name. They are often simply "scrawls" yet are honored (even by banks) as that persons identity. After I signed my name with my signature, many wanted me to sign their name in a fancy kind of "signature" way.
I had to explain that I could do that but it would not be "theirs!" in time, they would develop their own unique signature that would become natural for them. Many began trying out their "signatures" trying to "scribble" it onto paper in a creative way. What fun that was.
But it's the changes in ideas that need to happen in their heads. All the time that they've been in school it has been drilled into them to spell and print clearly and correctly. Now suddenly, they learn they can "scribble" their own name and it will be ok! Wow.! Tough switch.
2. Making the reflection of their name under the line is a challenge for many.
This can stall the whole project for a student. The teacher must be aware that the battle between the left and right brain is happening right here. Writing your name is a left brain function. They had to do it above the line large, clear and carefully. So it was not just a signature without engaging the mind. The left brain was engaged. Then having completed that, they had to draw the reflection which means switching to the spacial gifted right brain. They have to move their pencil constantly measuring against the center line, the edge of the paper, whatever. They are suddenly navigating in open water and are forced to use methods never used before to move the pencil and get to where they want to go. The curves of the "e's", "r's", "f's" and so on are a mystifying challenge. Not an easy task if you have never done it before. You will see all kinds of problems as angles will be off and letters reversed etc. Many will just give up.
Some look for other ways to solve the problem, folding their paper and going over to a window might be one. Another is going over the name above the line with heavy pencil marks, folding it over and rubbing the two halves together. Some of the graphite will adhere to the other side and they can make out the lines that way. You will have to work out ways to help as this can become a real deal breaker for some and they will abandon the project all-together.
We all know that this "reflection" aspect is important to the artist. It is the teacher who must take this opportunity to model/teach and talk aobut how "reflection" works and how important it is for any artist to understand.
Still, all that said, I took the position that perfection was not what we were looking for here. I did some instruction, knowing how huge a concept this was for these students and considered this to be part of the "process" in discovery for them. In the end I went from student to student assisting and modeling and explaining as needed. I did not wish for anyone to check-out on the fun of creating on this day.
that no one will rcognize her name
when she's done!
Can you figure out the name?
“Ask many questions. Life is a learning process. You are learner. Seek answers to the puzzles of your life.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita