This is our take on Illuminated letters. The fifth grade students started by creating a theme and discussing symbols or objects they could draw to represent the theme. The only requirement was that they had to be able to explain how their theme relates to them as a person.
Students trace the first letter of their name and then draw their designs around it. The hardest part of this lesson is getting the students to understand that objects can be coming from behind the letter and don’t need to be squished up against it. Once finished they color their designs using colored pencils and paint the letter using metallic acrylic.